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Jean Baptiste Antoine Forqueray (1699-1782): Pièces de Clavecin / Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 3 in D major (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 4 in G minor (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 1 in D minor (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 2 in G major (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 5 in C minor (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
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Notes & Reviews:

This double CD featuring virtually unknown harpsichord suites by Antoine Forqueray is an important addition to the baroque discography. The suites are based on original compositions for viol de gamba but were transcribed for harpsichord during the eighteenth century, presumably by the composer's son Jean Baptiste. The harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson performs these pieces on a splendid Pascal Taskin copy from 1769.

Antoine Forqueray must have been one of the most accomplished viol de gamba virtuosos of his time. The five gamba suites by him printed around 1747 enjoyed great popularity during subsequent years.

The Diapason d'Or is one of the record prizes awarded to the American harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson for her recordings. The fantasy, wealth of color, and seemingly boundless technical skill distinguishing her keyboard art have brought her worldwide renown.

"Only eight months ago I enthusiastically welcomed Christophe Rousset's survey of [Forqueray's] harpsichord transcriptions... Meyerson is coomfortably Rousset's match in matters of rhythmic suppleness and stylistic authority... She is a more demonstrative player than Rousset, introducing more forceful gestures, and, in short, a more strongly defined character to the music. Hers is more fiery playing...its appeal, to my sensibilities, that much greater." ***** Anderson, BBC - Benchmark



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>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 3 in D major (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (07/20/2001-07/23/2001)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 4 in G minor (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (07/20/2001-07/23/2001)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 1 in D minor (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (07/20/2001-07/23/2001)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 2 in G major (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (07/20/2001-07/23/2001)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste : Suite no 5 in C minor (transcription of Antoine Forqueray's suite for bass viol)
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (07/20/2001-07/23/2001)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical