Chambonnires

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COMPOSERS: Chambonnires
LABELS: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Baroque Esprit
WORKS: Pièces de clavecin
PERFORMER: Skip Sempé (harpsichord)
CATALOGUE NO: 05472 77453 2 1992
A pioneer of French harpsichord music, Chambonnières was also the first soloist to develop a notably individual style on the instrument. His richly ornate music was more declamatory than dance-oriented and his clangorous sound drew on the resources of the new, early-17th-century Flemish-designed harpsichord. Sempé brings out the music’s gravely sonorous beauty in this engaging recital; Brian Feehan adds subtle theorbo accompaniment on a handful of tracks. Graham Lock

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