MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around

  2022
 58,121 reviews
   and more ... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here
Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews


TROUBADISC
Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews


FOGHORN Classics

Alexandra-Quartet
Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews


All HDTT reviews


Clarissa Bevilacqua plays
Augusta Read Thomas

all Nimbus reviews

Brahms Dvorak
Brahms 2 Dvorak 7
all tudor reviews

 

 


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Loughton
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom

jonathan_woolf@yahoo.co.uk


 

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Francois COUPERIN (1668-1733)
Ordres Nos. 24-27 (1730) [74:06]
L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin: Preludes 6 and 7 (1716) [4:35]
Katherine Roberts Perl (harpsichord)
rec. 2013, Scoring Stage, Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA
MUSIC & ARTS CD-1284 [78:47]

Katherine Roberts Perl has made a splendid recital dedicated to the last four Ordres of Couperin. What makes it so special is not simply the element of characterisation and finesse which she brings, but also the sound-world she evokes. Partly these light but flexible voicings are her own subtleties but partly too the result of her decision to fit plectra made from Canada geese into her harpsichord. This, incidentally, is a 1987 model built by John Phillips and modelled after an N. Dumont double manual of 1707. The results are consistently beautiful.

These are Couperin’s final harpsichord works, with the 24th and 25th sets paying homage to Lully. Interspersed are two Preludes which come from Couperin’s L’Art de toucher le clavecin. There are eight such in total from this 1716 publication so she plays a quarter, starting with No.7 which, in its expressive flexibility, provides a perfect start to the 25th Ordre –she inverts the order of these first two sets. La Visionaire has a buoyant majesty whilst La Monflambert possesses real refinement of touch. It’s noticeable that even in the more extrovert or flamboyant left hand passages, there is no tonal harshness and, aided by the sympathetic acoustic, the music emerges the more richly and delicately. The final piece from this set, Les Ombres Errantes, lends its name to the disc title and appropriately so as it’s musing and reflective with deft, drifting harmonies.

Couperin’s homage to Lully is nowhere more evident than in Les Vieux Seigneurs, the first of the 24th Ordre though the playful gallantry enshrined in Les Jeunes Seigneurs is no less engaging. Where the music asks for nobility of expression (‘Noblement’) Perl provides such. Where more searching harmonies exist, as in La Convalescente, the first of the 26th set, she is equally persuasive. La Sophie, replete with ornaments, is a delight and La Pantomime is certainly traversed, as the composer requests, with grande précision. His instructions suggest strongly the expressive character of the music; woe betide a harpsichordist who ignores the Nonchallamment instruction in Les Pavots from the 27th Ordre. To this Perl is equal but she also brings just a hint of tristesse to the music-making.

Throughout she captures the many moods and textures of the music with stylish but unselfconscious intimacy. With her own thoughtful notes and a sympathetic recording, this is a success from beginning to end.

Jonathan Woolf






 



Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews


all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews


All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk
Stanczyk Acousmatic Music

Oropesa

October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus