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Christophe Rousset plays Louis Couperin

harpsichord Christophe Rousset Audio CD

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3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring and Mechanical March 19 2012
By Redmond Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Christophe Rousset's interpretation of Couperin is similar to his other recordings: Like something prouduced by a sewing machine. It's true that some of the dryness in the Couperin recording is due to the instrument he used; it's a very early French harpsichord, and its sound is somewhat "smokier" and thinner than later instuments. It takes some getting used to. But that doesn't account for the way Rousset bangs out continuous streams of notes without any concern for phrasing, or for the delicacy that one associates with this music. He just seems to want to get to the end of each piece as quickly as he can. As a listener, I'm equally glad when he finally stops.

For more musical versions of Couperin, check out the recording by Richard Egarr.Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Muddy & dull Aug. 20 2011
By arslonga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A surprisingly unpersuasive performance that muddies music meant to be sparkling. Rousset's tempi are faster than his technical proficiency permits, so both the details and the overall structure of these suites get lost. Oddly, the playing is unidiomatic: these pieces are the pure distillate of French 18th-century gallantry, but from this performance, you couldn't tell what country produced them. Worse, the rushed tempi make all the pieces sound alike. To my mind, the best performance of these suites currently available is Baumont's, which is a bit dull, however. Perhaps distance blurs my memory, but I used to think Sylvia Marlowe's vinyl recording caught the courtly flourishes best.
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very nice performance March 3 2011
By Thomas Van Groen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is a very nice performance by Rousset of some of the harpsichord suites of Couperin. Very nice listening.

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