This CD has been produced to accompany the book The Mirror of Human Life. The programme of selections from François Couperins harpsichord pieces, played by Jane Clark, has been chosen to illutrate his theatrical sense, which develops as his four books of Pièces de Clavecin unfold. The first part of his First Ordre is relatively conventional, but even here the composer carefully contrasts adjacent pieces, whilst the Sixth Ordre reveals his acute sense of characterisation. This is followed by the Thirteenth Ordre, Couperins wonderful portrait of human frailty, and in the Nineteenth Ordre the precision with which he refers to particular plays is seen. In the final, world-weary Twenty-Seventh Ordre, Couperin bids his farewell.
Note: the spelling and use of accents is Couperins
Total playing time 68:22
Janiculum CD, No. JAN D206
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