℗ 2006 Chandos
 

Couperin: Les Nations, Vol. 2

Purcell Quartet

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L'art de toucher le clavecin  
1
Prelude No. 2 in D Minor
Francois Couperin; Robert Woolley
1:27
Les Nations, 3rd Ordre, "L'Imperiale"  
2
I. Gravement -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:14
3
II. Vivement -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:33
4
III. Gravement, et marque - Très lentement -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:17
5
IV. Rondeau. Légérment -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:14
6
V. Rondement -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:14
7
VI. Vivement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:26
8
VII. Allemande. Sans lenteur
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:30
9
VIII. Courante
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:54
10
IX. Courante II. Plus marquée
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:53
11
X. Sarabande. Tendrement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:44
12
XI. Bourée. Gayëment
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
0:47
13
XII. Gigue. D'une légèreté moderée
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:10
14
XIII. Rondeau. Gayëment - Premier Couplet - Rondeau - Second Couplet - Rondeau - Troiseme Couplet - Rondeau
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:18
15
XIV. Chaconne. [ ] – Mineur – Gayëment
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
5:11
16
XV. Menuet
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:13
Les gouts-reunis: Concerto No. 13 in G Major  
17
I. Vivement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:00
18
II. Air. Agreéablement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:25
19
III. Sarabande. Tendrement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
3:41
20
IV. Chaconne. Légère
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:13
L'art de toucher le clavecin  
21
Prelude No. 3 in G Minor
Francois Couperin; Robert Woolley
1:00
Les Nations, 4th Ordre, "La Piemontoise"  
22
I. Gravement -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:49
23
II. Vivement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
0:47
24
III. Gravement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:28
25
IV. Vivement, et marque - Lentement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:17
26
V. Air. Gracieusement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
0:49
27
VI. Air II
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
0:49
28
VII. Gravement et marque -
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
0:40
29
VIII. Légérement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
0:58
30
IX. Allemande. Noblement, et sans lenteur
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:45
31
X. Courante
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
1:31
32
XI. Courante II. Un peu plus gayement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:01
33
XII. Sarabande. Tendrement
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
3:03
34
XIII. Rondeau. Gayëment - Premier Couplet - Rondeau - Second Couplet - Rondeau - Troiseme Couplet - Rondeau
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:33
35
XIV. Gigue. Affectueusement, quoy que légrément
Francois Couperin; Purcell Quartet
2:19
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:13
"These are attractive works whose idiom nonetheless often eludes convincing performance. Couperin was a stickler for detail and was meticulous in matters of ornamentation. The Purcell Quartet have taken trouble over this and the results are rewarding ... stylish performances that are elegant and assured."
- BBC Music Magazine

This second volume in a series from the Purcell Quartet completes the set of the four large-scale sonatas in François Couperin's collection Les Nations, along with one of the Concerts royaux and two preludes from L'art de toucher le clavecin, all recorded in October 2004. Couperin greatly admired Italian Baroque composers such as Corelli and his sonatas demonstrate his lifelong commitment to uniting, in his music, the best of both French and Italian musical conventions.
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