By Francois Couperin

"His melodic mind's eye screens admirable freshness. He possesses a fragile harmonic experience. His topics convey the inspirations of an impassioned musician: completely created, enterprise in line, bright, and enduring in colour. His paintings by no means wavers; it always shows an impressive technique." — John Gillespie, Five Centuries of Keyboard Music
This recognized version, ready a century in the past through Johannes Brahms and Friedrich Chrysander, offers the entire 27 keyboard suites, or Ordres, by way of the nice French composer François Couperin (1668–1733). additionally integrated are the Allemande and eight Preludes from Couperin's well-known harpsichord treatise, L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin.
In those incredible works (there are over 2 hundred compositions within the volumes) lies the excellent fulfillment of French keyboard track, a wealthy resource of sophisticated, occasionally startling, regularly enjoyable track for keyboard artists and scholars at each point of workmanship. The moods, rhythms, and melodies of those unique compositions variety throughout a vast musical spectrum, from crisp gavottes to noble sarabandes, from flowing allemandes to energetic gigues. a number of the items recommend carnival merriment, others soft mirrored image; such a lot have colourful and mysterious names. Couperin's virtuoso command of harpsichord sort, his significant procedure, and ever-fresh melodic mind's eye pervade them all.
Witty, swish, and tuneful, the keyboard works of Couperin characterize an excellent legacy of late-baroque masterpieces. fantastically reproduced during this low-cost variation, they make abundantly transparent the justice of Bach's extreme admiration for Couperin's tune and the aptness of the French master's surname — "le grand."
Note: sequence includes Ordres 14–27 plus eight Preludes and Allemande from L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin.

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