Tic, Toc, Choc

Tic, Toc, Choc

by Alexandre Tharaud

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Tic, Toc, Choc

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 0794881834426
catalogNumber: 901956
Rank: 98542

Tracks

  1. Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
  2. Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou les Maillotins, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 18e ordre)
  3. La Couperin, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 21e ordre)
  4. Las Calotines, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 19e ordre)
  5. Les Ombres errantes, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 25e ordre )
  6. Les Tricoteuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 23e ordre)
  7. Le Carillon de Cythére, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 14e ordre)
  8. La Muséte de Taverni, for harpsichord (Pieèces de clavecin, III, 15e ordre)
  9. Les Rozeaux, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 13e ordre)
  10. L'Atalante, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 12e ordre)
  11. La Passacaille, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 8e ordre)
  12. La Muse-Plantine, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 19e ordre)
  13. Les Tours de passe-passe, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 22e ordre)
  14. Bruit de Guerre, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 10e ordre, La Triomphante)
  15. Le Dodo, ou L'Amour au berceau, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 15e ordre)
  16. La Visionnaire, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 25e ordre)
  17. La Logiviére, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, I, 5e ordre)
  18. Les Juméles, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 12e ordre)
  19. Les Chérubins ou L'Aimable Lazure, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 20e ordre)
  20. La Pothoüin

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