Skip Sempé Plays Louis Couperin

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Let's just admit it: Skip Sempé is one of the greatest harpsichordists in the world. His technique is staggering. His intelligence is stunning. His tone is commanding. His interpretations are compelling. His instincts are unerring. His intensity is unrelenting. In his many recordings for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Astree labels, the New Orleans-born Sempé has demonstrated that he is the heir as well as the student of Gustav Leonhardt. In this 2004 Alpha recording, Sempé performs a program of six suites plus a Pavanne by Louis Couperin. The music is noble, playful, mournful, sometimes suggestive, sometimes savage, and always virtuosic. Sempé gets it, all of it, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Let's just admit it: Skip Sempé is one of the greatest harpsichordists in the world. His technique is staggering. His intelligence is stunning. His tone is commanding. His interpretations are compelling. His instincts are unerring. His intensity is unrelenting. In his many recordings for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Astree labels, the New Orleans-born Sempé has demonstrated that he is the heir as well as the student of Gustav Leonhardt. In this 2004 Alpha recording, Sempé performs a program of six suites plus a Pavanne by Louis Couperin. The music is noble, playful, mournful, sometimes suggestive, sometimes savage, and always virtuosic. Sempé gets it, all of it, and plays it with everything he's got. Although there have been notable recordings of Louis Couperin's harpsichord music in the past -- notably Davitt Moroney's magnificent, complete "Pieces de Clavecin" -- one has to go back to Leonhardt's magisterial 1968 and 1980 recordings to hear Couperin played with this kind of conviction and inner compulsion. Alpha's sound is completely translucent and absolutely real.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Alpha Productions
  • EAN: 3760014190667
  • Catalog Number: 66
  • Sales rank: 124,031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Prélude - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:24)
  2. 2 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Courante - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (0:58)
  3. 3 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Sarabande - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:55)
  4. 4 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in A: Prélude à l'imitation de Mon - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (5:45)
  5. 5 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in A: Allemande l'Amiable - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (3:05)
  6. 6 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in A: Courante - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (0:56)
  7. 7 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in A: Courante - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:54)
  8. 8 Pavane for harpsichord in F sharp minor (Pièces de clavecin, No. 120) - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (6:12)
  9. 9 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in D: Prélude - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (4:53)
  10. 10 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in D [minor]: Courante - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:08)
  11. 11 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in D [minor]: Sarabande - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:54)
  12. 12 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in D: Canaries - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:02)
  13. 13 Prélude Le Soligni, for viola da gamba & continuo in A minor (Pièces de viole, Book V, No. 1) - Marin Marais & Skip Sempe (3:31)
  14. 14 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in A: Sarabande - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:56)
  15. 15 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in A: La Piémontoise - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:28)
  16. 16 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Prélude - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:32)
  17. 17 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Allemande grave - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (3:19)
  18. 18 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Tombeau de Monsieur Blancroc - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (6:24)
  19. 19 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in F: Gaillarde - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:39)
  20. 20 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Prélude - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (3:03)
  21. 21 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Allemande - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:32)
  22. 22 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Courante - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:15)
  23. 23 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Sarabande - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:46)
  24. 24 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Sarabande in G - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:20)
  25. 25 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Sarabande - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:26)
  26. 26 Tombeau fait à Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher, for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 632 - Johann Jacob Froberger & Skip Sempe (3:36)
  27. 27 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Gigue - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (1:31)
  28. 28 Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Suite de pièces in C: Passacaille - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (6:03)
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Album Credits

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Skip Sempe Primary Artist
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