Rameau: Keyboard Suites

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Rameau on the piano? It's not altogether unheard of -- there were a handful of classic recordings made by Robert Casadesus back in 1952 -- but, despite many recordings of Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti on the piano in the digital age, there's been precious little Rameau on the piano until this Angela Hewitt recording of three complete suites from 2006. By choosing the "Suite in E minor" from the "Pièces de clavecin" of 1731 plus the "Suites in G minor" and "A minor" from "Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin," Hewitt has for the most part stayed away from the more evocatively titled works and stuck to the standard stylized Baroque dance forms of the allemande, courante, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Rameau on the piano? It's not altogether unheard of -- there were a handful of classic recordings made by Robert Casadesus back in 1952 -- but, despite many recordings of Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti on the piano in the digital age, there's been precious little Rameau on the piano until this Angela Hewitt recording of three complete suites from 2006. By choosing the "Suite in E minor" from the "Pièces de clavecin" of 1731 plus the "Suites in G minor" and "A minor" from "Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin," Hewitt has for the most part stayed away from the more evocatively titled works and stuck to the standard stylized Baroque dance forms of the allemande, courante, and gigue. Justly celebrated for her cool and clean Bach recordings, this strategy works well for Hewitt. Without seeming to resort to the sustain or the mute pedal, she floats Rameau's lines and melodies, and without seeming to exaggerate the accents or dynamics, she gives Rameau's rhythms a wonderful sense of lift. In the deliberately evocative movements from the "G minor Suite" -- "La poule," "Les sauvages," and especially "L'egiptienne" -- Hewitt seems to bring less to the music -- her interpretations are remarkably straight -- and to get less out of it -- her performances are remarkably bland. Still, as an alternative to Rameau on the harpsichord, Rameau on the piano works well enough to merit an occasional listening, and Hewitt's will more than likely remain the Rameau on the piano of choice for years to come. Hyperion's sound is warm, round, full, and deep.
Daily Telegraph - Elizabeth Roche
Every piece is the epitome of Parisian elegance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571175973
  • Catalog Number: 67597
  • Sales rank: 70,525

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–9 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Jean-Philippe Rameau (21:28)
  2. 10–30 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Jean-Philippe Rameau (56:31)
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Angela Hewitt Primary Artist
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