Pièces de Viole
François Couperin

Pièces de Viole

Mieneke van der Velden

CCS 18302 - 0723385183020

Information GreatBrittain Germany

Gamba players have a healthy respect for Franois Couperin's 'Pices de Viole'; they are not pieces to be casually included in one's repertoire. Couperin himself was not a gamba player, and he wrote these impressive suites without realizing the technical consequences of his writing; sometimes it takes the performer a long time to find an adequate fingering or bowing. Besides, it is impossible to make a selection of the 'Pices de Viole' for a program (as one could, for example, with the compositions of Marin Marais, which fill five books), because only two suites for gamba and continuo by Couperin have survived. Either you play the complete suites, or you don't play them at all. Nevertheless, we have decided to perform these pieces; the hard work which they demand is amply rewarded by the greatness and sheer richness of the music.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Premiere Suite
    Prelude
    03:35
  • 2
    Premiere Suite
    Allemande Legere
    02:38
  • 3
    Premiere Suite
    Courante
    02:07
  • 4
    Premiere Suite
    Sarabande grave
    02:55
  • 5
    Premiere Suite
    Gavotte
    02:48
  • 6
    Premiere Suite
    Gigue
    02:33
  • 7
    Onzieme Concert
    Passacaille ou Chaconne
    06:15
  • 8
    Onzieme Concert
    Majestuesement
    01:57
  • 9
    Onzieme Concert
    Seconde Allemande
    02:41
  • 10
    Onzieme Concert
    Deuxieme Courante
    02:22
  • 11
    Onzieme Concert
    Sarabande tres grave
    03:59
  • 12
    Onzieme Concert
    Rondeau
    02:30
  • 13
    Onzieme Concert
    Gigue Lourée
    02:56
  • 14
    Troisiéme Concert
    Prelude
    02:16
  • 15
    Troisiéme Concert
    Allemande
    02:13
  • 16
    Troisiéme Concert
    Courante
    02:04
  • 17
    Troisiéme Concert
    Sarabande grave
    03:39
  • 18
    Troisiéme Concert
    Muzette
    02:52
  • 19
    Troisiéme Concert
    Chaconne Légere
    04:14
  • 20
    Deuxiéme Suite
    Prelude
    02:48
  • 21
    Deuxiéme Suite
    Fuguette
    02:35
  • 22
    Deuxiéme Suite
    Pompe Funebre
    04:36
  • 23
    Deuxiéme Suite
    La Chemise Blanche
    03:46