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Couperin: Pieces de Violes / Luolajan-Mikkola, et al

Album Summary

>Couperin, François : Suite 1, for viola da gamba & continuo (Pieces de viole)
>Couperin, François : Pièces de violes, Suite no 2 in A minor
>Couperin, François : Dixieme concert, for various instruments in A minor (Les Gouts reunis)
>Couperin, François : Douzieme concert, for 2 viols (or other instruments) in A major (Les Gouts-reunis)
>Couperin, François : Treizieme concert, for 2 instruments in G major (Les Gouts reunis)
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Notes & Reviews:

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola has earned distinction as a recital soloist on the viola da gamba and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the celebrated 'Phantasm' viol quartet who also concertizes throughout Europe as a soloist. The music on this CD was composed for the private enjoyment of the French court, an artistic environment which was not always the best of circumstances for composers or players, as patrons proved unreliable employers, stingy with their funds, and sometimes aesthetic philistines. Thankfully, not all royal patrons were musical ignoramuses; many musicians, including Francois Couperin, enjoyed a fertile creative environment, and even economic comfort. 'Pieces de Violes' presents a sampling of Couperin's music written for the royal court, challenging and sophisticated music for a discerning and appreciative audience.

Gramophone Magazine
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola plays with enormous reverence and attention to detail. Yet some listeners will find these performances lacking in panache.



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Works Details

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Suite 1, for viola da gamba & continuo (Pièces de viole)
  • Performer: Aapo Häkkinen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Karjaa Church, Finland (05/29/2007-05/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Pièces de violes, Suite no 2 in A minor
  • Performer: Aapo Häkkinen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Karjaa Church, Finland (05/29/2007-05/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Dixième concert, for various instruments in A minor (Les Goûts réunis)
  • Performer: Aapo Häkkinen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Karjaa Church, Finland (05/29/2007-05/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Douzième concert, for 2 viols (or other instruments) in A major (Les Goûts-réunis)
  • Performer: Aapo Häkkinen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Karjaa Church, Finland (05/29/2007-05/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Treizième concert, for 2 instruments in G major (Les Goûts réunis)
  • Performer: Aapo Häkkinen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Karjaa Church, Finland (05/29/2007-05/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto