Couperin Piano

Alexandre Tharaud - Rameau, J.S.Bach, Francois Couperin: Piano Works (2010)

Alexandre Tharaud - Rameau, J.S.Bach, Francois Couperin: Piano Works (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:03:17 | 660 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMX 2958379.81

A midprice reissue collecting this young French pianist s three baroque recordings. I fell in love with Tharaud s Rameau disc several years ago and never once missed the rattling sound of the harpsichord. Tharaud points out that Rameau s frequent ornamentation would have served to prolong notes on a harpsichord. This isn t necessary on a modern piano, and there s an incredible delicacy to the pianism here, with the trills and turns played with a barely credible lightness of touch. It s infectious stuff, with the witty character pieces from the Suite in G vivid and alive.

Ravel - Piano Concertos - Cecile Ousset, Simon Rattle  Music

Posted by Catteres at Sept. 8, 2007
Ravel - Piano Concertos - Cecile Ousset, Simon Rattle

Ravel - Piano Concertos, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Cecile Ousset, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle

1991 | EMI Classics | EAC secure FLAC + CUE + LOG + SCANS | 1CD | 201MB
Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin & Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 56:14 minutes | 493 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

In this recording, it’s interesting to compare the two works for so-called ‘small orchestra’, Le Tombeau de Couperin and Ma mère l’Oye. For, when discussing Ravel’s orchestral music, one thinks more readily of the large symphony orchestra in all its luxuriance, of the teeming array of percussion, which often requires a timpanist and seven percussionists.
Montreal SO & Chorus, Pascal Roge, Charles Dutoit -  Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos, etc (2005) 4CD Box Set

Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos;
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade (2005) 4CD Box Set
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Chœurs; Charles Dutoit, conductor
Pascal Rogé, piano; John Zirbel, horn; Theodor Baskin, oboe;
Catherine Dubosc, soprano; Timothy Hutchins, flute

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 701 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6891 DC4 | Time: 05:03:53

For listeners who prefer their Ravel lushly textured, luminously colored, and luxuriantly impressionistic, this four-disc set of his orchestral music performed by Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will be just the thing. Recorded between 1981 and 1995 in warmly opulent Decca sound and including all the canonical works plus the two piano concerts and the opera L'Enfant et les sortiléges, Dutoit's approach to Ravel is decidedly sensual, even tactile. One can feel the excitement in the closing "Dance générale" of Daphnis et Chloé, sense the energy in La Valse, smell the sea in Une barque sur l'océan, and touch the dancer's flushed skin in Boléro. This is not to say that details are lost in Dutoit's performances – with the superlative playing of the Montreal orchestra, one can assuredly hear everything in the scores. Nor is this to say that Dutoit neglects the music's clear shapes and lucid forms – with a decisive beat and a clean technique, Dutoit's interpretations are models of clarity. But it is assuredly to assert that, for sheer aural beauty, these recordings cannot be beat. With the very virtuosic and very French playing of Pascal Rogé in the two piano concertos plus very characterful singing in L'Enfant, this set will be mandatory listening for all those who love Ravel.
Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD [Re-Up]

Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 329 Mb | Scans ~ 129 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # Fug592 | Time: 02:23:44

Alice Ader’s first Debussy disc (Erato) won all the awards in the specialist press on its release twenty years ago and is still regarded as an unequalled benchmark. Now this unconventional pianist at last unveils her recording of the complete Ravel piano works. And what better moment could there be than Debussy Year to present these two hours or so of music in dialogue, en Miroirs as it were, with the œuvre of ‘Claude de France’? Ravel, the hot-blooded Swiss watchmaker, the discreet Lisztian, the mediocre pianist who made such extreme demands on his colleagues, the man of so many sublime paradoxes, deserves only the finest interpreters: those who take the time to explore his deepest recesses. Alice Ader, light-years away from the flashy gestures often encountered in this music, takes us to the very heart of one of the most secretive composers of his time.
Louis Lortie - Maurice Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2003) 2CDs

Louis Lortie - Maurice Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2003) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 407 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 325 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN X10142(2) | Time: 02:20:44

By virtue of their diverse styles and extraordinary technical demands, Ravel's solo piano works present a daunting challenge to anyone who would record them as a complete set. From the sublime Pavane pour une infante défunte and the crystalline Sonatine, to the dazzling impressionism of Miroirs and the nightmarish intricacies of Gaspard de la nuit, Ravel's keyboard music reflects all aspects of his spontaneous imagination and his involved artistic development. Few performers have completely mastered this complex body of work and recorded it superbly, but versatile Canadian pianist Louis Lortie is in that select company. His 1988 performances have been esteemed for their consistency, sensitivity, and compelling energy, and this reissue from Chandos is likely to garner even more praise for Lortie. Previously available in two volumes, this double disc is newly remastered, and Lortie sounds better than ever, particularly in such exquisite works as Le tombeau de Couperin and Valses nobles et sentimentales. Lortie's careful shading of subordinate lines and subtle use of dynamics in his coloristic effects invite repeated listening. Best of all, he captures Ravel's dry wit and irony with his mannered shaping of gestures, most effectively in Le tombeau, the Sérénade grotesque, and the Menuet antique.
Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Bertrand Chamayou - Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 136:44 minutes | 2.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

For his second release on Erato, Bertrand Chamayou is dedicating two CDs to the complete solo piano music of Ravel. “My style of playing and the way I imagine sound can be largely attributed to Ravel,” says Chamayou. “Recording his music is not just a return to my roots, but also a natural stage in my development.”
Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God: Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & Francois Couperin (2015)

Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God:
Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & François Couperin (2015)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Divine Art | # dda 25120 | Time: 01:18:25

A selection of works by the greatest harpsichord composer of all — François Couperin, and from contemporary British composer Graham Lynch, who is a very worthy successor with music that is expressive, descriptive, deep and exceptionally rich, showing that the harpsichord is capable of real expression. The Lynch pieces are receiving their first recordings. Established virtuoso Assi Karttunen is from Finland and this is her first album for Divine Art, and a showcase for her amazing talent at the keyboard.
Christophe Rousset - Couperin: Ariane consolée par Bacchus, Apothéoses de Lully & de Corelli (2016) [24/96]

Christophe Rousset - Couperin: Ariane consolée par Bacchus, Apothéoses de Lully & de Corelli (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 60:56 minutes | 1.11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques and Stéphane Degout - F. Couperin: Ariane consolée par Bacchus, Apothéoses de Lully & de Corelli: The genius of François Couperin (1668-1733) whispers precious secrets in Christophe Rousset's ear, which he reveals to us in this new recording. Here, the cantata Ariane consolée par Bacchusis unveiled in preview, served by a dream cast.

Les Ombres - Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres & Motets (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 30, 2018
Les Ombres - Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres & Motets (2018)

Les Ombres - Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres & Motets (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 3317 MB
Label: Mirare | Tracks: 30 | Time: 62:24 min

Following their interpretation distinguished by the criticism of the unknown Apothéoses, and Nations of François Couperin, the Shadows deliver a new reading of his sacred heritage. The Lessons of Darkness, or Lamentations published in 1714, testify to Couperin's attachment to the sacred, to text and to vocality. One can recognize in his instrumental music a mastery of rhythms, and supports, just as he would place each note on a given text. It is therefore with delight that we discover this vocal legacy to prosody as studied as natural.