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AEOLUS / All Discs / AE10114 Couperin, Louis Passacaille de Mr Couperin

Louis Couperin edition vol.2

Super Audio CD Hybrid SuperAudio CD. Plays in all standard CD Players. SACD Stereo, SACD Multichannel Surround, CD Audio.
Audio samples:

Audio sample Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher

Audio sample Sarabande 75 Sarabande 75

Audio sample Chaconne ou Passacaille 96 Chaconne ou Passacaille 96

Audio sample "Duresse de Frescobaldi" "Duresse de Frescobaldi"

Couperin, Louis (c.1626-1661)

Louis Couperin edition vol.2: Passacaille de Mr Couperin

Pièces de clavecin

Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord)

Vaudry harpsichord (Paris 1681, Victoria & Albert museum, London)

€ 18,99 (including tax)
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Suite in F ( Prelude [13] - Allemande grave [67] - Courante [70] - Courante [69] - Sarabande [75] - Gaillarde [77] - Gigue [79] - Chaconne [80] - Tombeau de Mr. de Blancrocher [81] )
Suite in Bb ( Allemande [118] - Courante [119] - "Gigue" Allemande J.C. de Chambonnières [138] )
Suite in g ( Prelude [4] - Tombeau de Mr. Blancrocher F. Dufault [21] - Sarabande [97] - Chaconne ou Passacaille [96] )
Suite in C ( Prelude [9] - Allemande [15] - Courante [17] - Sarabande [20] - Sarabande [21] - Sarabande [22] - Passacaille [27] )
Suite in a ( Prelude [7] - Allemande [99] - Allemande [100] - Courante [103] - Courante [104] - Sarabande [107] - Sarabande [110] - Gavotte de Mr. Hardel / Double de la Gavotte [125] )
Suite in d ( Prelude G. Pinel [2] - "Allemande Blancrocher" - Courante [41] - Sarabande [50] - Sarabande [56] - Gigue C./E. Richard )
"Duresse de Frescobaldi" [O66a]

Playing time: 1:9 (h:m)
Booklet: 40p., English German French
Order Nr. AE 10114
EAN 4026798101145
Product category: SACD
Release date: 01/11/2008

Bob van Asperen, Louis Couperin edition vol.2 Bob van Asperen explains the second volume of the Louis Couperin edition (German)

Bob van Asperen, famous harpsicordist from Amsterdam, gives some explanations on Louis Couperin, the 1681 Vaudry harpsichord and the genre of the Passacaille.


AEOLUS presents the second volume of the Louis Couperin Edition with Bob van Asperen. The recording was made on the 1681 Vaudry harpsichord in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and is currently the only audio document available of this famous instrument. The SACD contains harpsichord suites composed by Louis Couperin, who lived in Paris in the 17th century. Among the pieces is the famous "Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher".

The Vaudry harpsichord is located in the middle of London, rather inconspicuous in the semi-darkness of the basement of the enormous Victoria & Albert Museum. It is one of the world’s most famous historic harpsichords still in playing condition. Undoubtedly due to its exceptional, largely unadulterated state of preservation, it has frequently served modern-day instrument makers as the model for their early-French harpsichord replicas.

Louis Couperin, an uncle of François Couperin, stemmed from Chaumes and built a career as a musician in Paris, however, he died already early, at the age of only 35. Couperin's works show a relationship to those of his German friend and Frescobaldi-pupil, the widely travelled Johann Jacob Froberger, who already has a prominent place (Froberger Edition) in the AEOLUS catalogue. But Couperin's formal language is richer: besides the dance movements Allemande, Courante, Saraband and Gigue, the Gavotte, Gaillarde and others are to be found, particularly the characteristic Chaconne/Passacaille with its bass ostinatos, the refrain-like Grand Couplets, and, like small creative islands, improvisation-like Couplets. Here the Vaudry harpsichord astonishes even in the thickest texture with its noble and transparent sound!

"Guest's composers" play a special role in the Louis Couperin series: while Couperin's friend Froberger is already represented on Vol. 1, works by Couperin's Parisian circle of friends and colleagues are found among the pieces forming the suites of Vol. 2. Thus, some "pearls" are gathered here that are rarely to be heard anywhere else! Among them are arrangements of lute works that are said to have had a model function for the clavecinists, as well as the presumably only surviving piece by the lutenist Blancrocher, who is otherwise known to posterity only through the Tombeaus written on the occasion of his death in Paris.

More about the extraordinary genesis of this release...

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