Tic, Toc, Choc

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Couperin's "Pièces de Clavecin" are remarkably diverse and durable enough to retain their charms, and even reveal new ones in incarnations other than their original format. French pianist Alexandre Tharaud capitalizes on their versatility by transferring an assortment of them to the piano. He had previously done the same for a recital of Rameau's "Nouvelles de Suites de Pièces de Clavecin." After one adjusts to the initial shock of hearing this repertoire played on a modern instrument, the pieces Tharaud selected sound wonderful on the piano. Many of the short works benefit from the expanded dynamic range available on a modern piano, such as the wonderfully boisterous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Couperin's "Pièces de Clavecin" are remarkably diverse and durable enough to retain their charms, and even reveal new ones in incarnations other than their original format. French pianist Alexandre Tharaud capitalizes on their versatility by transferring an assortment of them to the piano. He had previously done the same for a recital of Rameau's "Nouvelles de Suites de Pièces de Clavecin." After one adjusts to the initial shock of hearing this repertoire played on a modern instrument, the pieces Tharaud selected sound wonderful on the piano. Many of the short works benefit from the expanded dynamic range available on a modern piano, such as the wonderfully boisterous "Les Baricades Mistérieuses," "Les Tricoteuses," and "Bruit de Guerre" which is accompanied by Pablo Pico playing the tambour, and Tharaud exploits those expressive possibilities. Tharaud is judicious in his use of the pedal, so the pieces retain their intended clarity. He includes one work not by Couperin, "La Pothouïn" by Jacques Duphly, born a generation after Couperin, an elegant and expressive character piece. The collection makes a delightful introduction to Couperin's keyboard works, and for those who are already fans, offers fresh insights into familiar pieces.
Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
Tharaud's unapologetically pianistic approach not only yields highly attractive results but also gets closer to Couperin's true spirit.... A release which successfully recognises and celebrates Couperin's genius, and you cannot ask for much more than that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881834426
  • Catalog Number: 901956
  • Sales rank: 74,541

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (1:40)
  2. 2 Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou les Maillotins, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 18e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:27)
  3. 3 La Couperin, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 21e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (3:54)
  4. 4 Las Calotines, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 19e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:16)
  5. 5 Les Ombres errantes, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 25e ordre ) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (4:10)
  6. 6 Les Tricoteuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 23e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:13)
  7. 7 Le Carillon de Cythére, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 14e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (3:46)
  8. 8 La Muséte de Taverni, for harpsichord (Pieèces de clavecin, III, 15e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:24)
  9. 9 Les Rozeaux, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 13e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:48)
  10. 10 L'Atalante, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 12e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (1:44)
  11. 11 La Passacaille, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 8e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (5:43)
  12. 12 La Muse-Plantine, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 19e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:19)
  13. 13 Les Tours de passe-passe, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 22e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:25)
  14. 14 Bruit de Guerre, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 10e ordre, La Triomphante) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:34)
  15. 15 Le Dodo, ou L'Amour au berceau, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 15e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (3:25)
  16. 16 La Visionnaire, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 25e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (3:37)
  17. 17 La Logiviére, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, I, 5e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (4:15)
  18. 18 Les Juméles, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 12e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (5:01)
  19. 19 Les Chérubins ou L'Aimable Lazure, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 20e ordre) - François Couperin & Alexandre Tharaud (3:05)
  20. 20 La Pothoüin - Jacques Duphly & Alexandre Tharaud (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Tharaud Primary Artist
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