Jean-Philippe Rameau: Complete Solo Keyboard Works

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Complete Solo Keyboard Works

by Steven Devine

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Overview

Late in his career, Jean-Philippe Rameau was celebrated for his colorful operas and ballets, but prior to these successes, his fame rested on his Traité de l'harmonie (1722) and a series of keyboard pieces which were published over the years as three suites. These works have been frequently played on harpsichord and piano, though among contemporary scholarly performances, the harpsichord is increasingly favored for recordings. Steven Devine's 2018 set of the complete keyboard music on Resonus offers the "Premier livre de pièces de clavecin" (1705/06), the "Pièces de clavessin" (1724), and the "Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin" (1726/27), plus a smattering of free-standing miniatures, including the "Menuet en rondeau," the "Cinq pièces," "La Dauphine," "Air pour Zéphire" (in a transcription by Devine), and Rameau's keyboard reduction of the overture, airs, and dances from the opera "Les Indes galantes" (1735/36). This three-disc set is comprehensive and the most thorough presentation of Rameau's keyboard music available on CD, except for the omission of the questionable "Les petits marteaux." Devine's playing is impeccable and faithful to historical practices, and the sound of the double-manual harpsichord, a modern copy of an instrument by Andreas Ruckers, is robust and closely recorded. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2018
Label: Resonus Classics
UPC: 5060262791196
catalogNumber: 10214
Rank: 278224

Tracks

  1. Zéphire ou les Nymphes de Diane, acte de ballet: Air
  2. La Dauphine, for harpsichord in G minor
  3. Pièces de clavecin en concerts, transcriptions (5) for solo harpsichord
  4. Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord
  5. Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
  6. Menuet en rondeau, for harpsichord in C major (Pièce de clavecin avec une méthode: Table des agréments)
  7. Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord
  8. Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord

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