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Francois Couperin: Pieces de Violes, 1728 / Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Ariane Maurette

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
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, December 2012
Savall and co play with a warmth, a passion and a sense of freedom unsurpassed since.

Audiophile Audition
Savall is the consummate master...

Originally released in 1975 by Astrée, this legendary recording was the first of many milestone recordings by Jordi Savall featuring Baroque repertoire. Couperin wrote these two Suites at the end of his life when his talent was at its peak. Couperin's mastery is especially evident in the fantastic and mysterious "Pompe funèbre" movement in the second Suite. The disc, fully remastered for SACD, also features master harpsichordist Ton Koopman and is a must-have for anyone interested in Baroque music.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
Although still at the beginning of his career as a viol player, Savall, serenely supported by Ton Koopman, plays with consummate mastery of Couperin's style. He caresses the notes, and shapes and moulds the phrases, adding just the right amount of silence, allowing the music to breathe. However, some tempi now seems a little slow.

Classical Music, June 2013
Handsomely packaged with excellent documentation ... his [Savall] account of the 'Sarabande grave' has all the requisite poetry and melancholy.

Early Music Today
Jordi Savall's interpretations of the two suites, which comprise Couperin's PiFces de Viole, are free, spontaneous and sensible to the elusive nuances of what Couperin called 'le bon gout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: L'Église Romane de Saint Lambert des Bois, Yvelines (12/1975).


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>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Suite 1, for viola da gamba & continuo (Pièces de viole)
  • Performer: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Pièces de violes, Suite no 2 in A minor
  • Performer: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728