Metronome Recordings announces a major new release by the award-winning harpsichordist Carole Cerasi. Over a period of 12 intense months Carole recorded the complete harpsichord works of François Couperin. This 10 CD box set, containing nearly 12 hours of music, is performed on 6 different harpsichords, including two important antiques. François Couperin was the most illustrious member of a musical dynasty second only to that of the Bach family. His harpsichord pieces reveal a delicate interplay between reality and theatrical illusion, an escape into an often elegiac dream world of poetic fantasy displayed in simple dance movements, portraits, and theatrical miniatures. Performers are confronted by some of their greatest challenges: not only must they observe the composer’s instructions to the letter, but also convey that elusive and indefinable “bon goût” through an understanding of and rapport with the enigmas, abstractions and metaphors that are redolent of expressive subtlety.
The CD booklet contains an informative essay by the French Baroque specialist, Nicholas Anderson, in both English and French, as well colour photos of the principal instruments used.
This long-awaited set confirms Carole’s place as a master interpreter of this illusive music.
“Cerasi’s playing exhibits a flawless technique and, where tempos and ornaments are concerned, exemplary good taste.” International Record Review
“Carole Cerasi has always seemed to me to be one of the finest harpsichordists alive today, and this recital fully confirms my earlier impression. This will certainly remain for me a reading to treasure.” Early Music Review
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