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Rameau: Pièces de clavecin / Sophie Yates

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, for harpsichord
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin
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Notes & Reviews:

Harpsichordist Sophie Yates is regarded as one of the young artists to watch; her previous discs from Chandos have received critical acclaim, and this new disc of Rameau will be no exception. Here she performs some of Rameau's most famous and ravishing harpsichord music, captured in classic Chandos sound.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The release of a CD devoted to Rameau's harpsichord music is relatively rare. But it's less Rameau, and much more French keyboard music in general, that suffers neglect from an over-cultivated image. However, if Rameau's music is highly allusive, it's also possessed of an immediacy that makes it approachable today. Sophie Yates's firmly grounded yet sensitive and spirited playing will quickly dispel any lingering reservations, and she writes with authority and charm in the accompanying booklet (and plays here a copy of a 1749 Goujon harpsichord made by Andrew Garlick).

Yates's astute selection from Rameau's output is bound to please. The first suite, in A minor, is from the book of Pièces de clavecin published shortly after Rameau arrived in Paris in 1706, and displays a youthful brilliance that relies heavily on ornamentation (as, for example, in the Allemande 1 and the Courante) and, delightfully, occasionally reveals a certain provincialism - although Rameau never travelled to Italy, he clearly made certain assumptions about life there: his 'La Vénitienne' makes particular allusion to the beggars' bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy.

The second and third suites, from his later book of 1724 (rev 1731), are altogether more stylish and sophisticated. The E minor Suite begins sedately and with the gravitas befitting an Allemande, but is otherwise shot through with fashionable, pastoral rondeaux, and includes two of Rameau's best-known party pieces, 'Le rappel des oiseaux' and 'Tambourin'. The D minor Suite amuses with pièces de caractère (the flirtatious 'La follette', the devious 'Le lardon' and the pathetic 'La boiteuse') and amazes with the virtuosity of 'Les tourbillons' and 'Les Cyclopes'. But only a player of Yates's calibre can address the musical subtleties of 'Les soupirs', the deceptive 'Les niais de Sologne' and the sensuous 'L'entretien des muses'. A tour de force in every sense.



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>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1706

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: I Allemande
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: II Courante
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: III Gigue en ronde
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: IV Gigue en rondea
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: V Le Rappel des oi
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: VI Rigaudon I
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: VII Rigaudon II [w
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: VIII Musette en ro
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: IX Tambourin
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: X La Villageoise.
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XI Les Tendres Pla
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XII Les Niais de S
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XIII Les Soupirs
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XIV La Joyeuse. R
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XV La Follette. R
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XVI L'Entretien de
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XVII Les Tourbillo
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XVIII Les Cyclopes
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XIX Le Lardon. Me
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de clavecin :: XX La Boiteuse
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: 05/11/1999-05/13/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724