Rameau: Pieces de clavecin en concerts

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LABELS: Teldec Das Alte Werk
WORKS: Pieces de clavecin en concerts
PERFORMER: Frans Bruggen (flute), Sigiswald Kuijken (violin), Wieland Kuijken (viola da gamba), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)
CATALOGUE NO: 9031-77618-2 ADD (1971)
In these three- and four-part ‘Concerts’, the harpsichord dominates and the supporting trio of flute, violin and viola da gamba mirrors rather than elaborates. One awaits in vain the invention of a Lully or a Daquin, or a fluidity to match die French Suites of Rameau’s close contemporary, JS Bach. His slightly four-square Classicism seems radier to look ahead to Mannheim, or even Mozart’s mentor, JC Bach. Best are die nostalgic Purcellian lament ‘La Cupis’, or the singing ‘La timide’ and folk-like double that follows. Despite an overbearingness, and some keyboard echo in No. 7, the sound is good. Roderic Dunnett