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Couperin - 8eme ordre des pieces de clavecin (harpsichord)

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  1. Francois de Larrard

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    Hello everybody,
    I am going to post a series of 10 pieces forming a suite of my favourite harpsichord composer, François Couperin "le Grand". This is a B minor order, not so well known as compared to others, although all pieces are of great value, in my opinion. The most famous piece is the Passacaille, but it comes in number 9, so be patient ! The first one is a kind of long prelude in two sections (each one being played twice), called La Raphaële. It is probably dedicated to a lady, but we don't know who...
    Thank you for listening and commenting !
     

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    Now the number two of the suite: an Allemande, which goes ahead in a more determined way. Two parts (A & B), each one being repeated, as in many pieces of harpsichord music of this time. Hope you enjoy it !
     

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    This week, I am proposing the third piece, which is the 1st Courante. A crispy one in 6/4, which I play with unequal eighth notes...
     

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    The second Courante, with a faster tempo. Hope it will be listened not only by Chinese Internet robots...o_O
     

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    Given the loud applauses, I cannot retain myself to post the fifth piece, a Sarabande called "l'Unique". A very meditative piece, with a suddenly accelerated inner section...
     

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    Nice playing Francois. I think the last one is my favourite and I particularly like the timbre in the slower sections. It is a pity that there is not more attention around here these days. Your wry commentary on that aspect is more amusing than perhaps it should be..
     
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    Hello Andrew,
    Many thanks for your kind words. There is at least one parishioner in the church !
    By the way, re-listening these pieces, I find them rather dirty in terms of ornaments. Frankly, did it bother you or not ? If yes, I won't upload them, but rather re-record with (hopefully) stronger and more trained fingers...
     
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    I did hear a few blurred ornaments, but not enough to worry me. Most of the ornamentation was clean. If I get a chance later tonight I'll have a re-listen.
     
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    Thanks Andrew. By the way, have you listened Vladimir's Rachmaninov preludes ? I'm sure you know this music much better than me...
     
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    I emphasise that none of these issues particularly bothered me:

    Listening without score, I'm afraid. These pop out at me, giving approximate timings (as I'm hopping between the streaming window and the text entry window!) If I was studio editing I would considering addressing these:
    1. two scuffed notes in the first 70 seconds or so, around 2.10 an error, 3.16, two errors just after 3.30, 4.48 slip in ascending arpeggio?
    2. 0.09 ? 0.51?
    3. 0.57 and 0.59. 1.17. Possibly a couple of oddities around 0.40.
    4. 0.14 and 0.23.
    5. remains my favourite!
     
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    Hello Andrew,
    Sorry for the long delay before my answer (I am getting to what seems to be now the time constant of PS...). Recently I have relistened this set of pieces. Yes there are flaws, but no more than in all the other Couperin's pieces I have already proposed. Therefore I am showing hereafter the rest of the suite. Perhaps, one day, I will re-edit the whole set, but with my current tools it would take me much time for an uncertain result...
    If you ever have a chance to listen these pieces (especially the Passacaille, a great rondeau with 8 verses), I'd be happy to know your opinion. Then we have:
    No. 6: Gavotte
    No. 7: Rondeau
    No. 8: Gigue
    No.9 : Passacaille (Rondeau)
    No. 10: La Morinète
     

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