D'Anglebert: Complete Harpsichord Music

D'Anglebert: Complete Harpsichord Music
Composer Jean-Henry d’Anglebert
Artist Francesco Cera harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94793
EAN code 5028421947938
Release August 2014

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Despite the fact that he came from a modest background, the composer and harpsichordist Jean-Henri d’Anglebert managed to carve out an impressive career for himself in 17th-century Paris, which culminated with his appointment as harpsichordist at the court of King Louis XIV. His musical style is characterised by a rich and expressive contrapuntal and harmonic language, as well as lavish ornamentation.

The four Suites heard here constitute D’Anglebert’s Pièces de Clavecin, which represent one of the most significant musical achievements of the second half of the 17th century. It is the composer’s magnum opus, in which he took what he had learnt about the French school of composition and performance from his predecessor at Louis XIV’s court, the highly influential Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, and enhanced it with his unique artistry. His sophisticated ornamentation was unprecedented at the time and posed a real challenge for performers. Other remarkable features of the Suites include striking examples of the Prélude non mesuré (written without rhythm or metre indications), solemn and meditative Gaillardes and Passacailles contrasted with lively Correnti and Gigues, and an intimate homage to Chambonnières which closes the fourth Suite. The Lully transcriptions showcase D’Anglebert’s admiration for, and close affinity with, the composer – he played the harpsichord in many of the performances of Lully’s tragédies lyriques – and invest what was the widespread and sometimes commonplace practice of transcription with a much greater artistic value, using the harpsichord to suggest orchestral textures.

D’Anglebert’s complete harpsichord works are performed by early music specialist Francesco Cera, who regularly appears with leading early music ensembles and has been acclaimed for his ‘great intelligence’ and ‘impeccable interpretative command’ (Amadeus).

Other information:
- Recorded in 2013 in Italy.
- This important release present the complete music for harpsichord on 3 CD’s by Henri D’Anglebert.
- D’Angelbert was a famous keyboard virtuoso and composer at the court of Louis the XIV, the Sun King. His style is typically French, expressed in a rich counterpoint and lavish ornamentation, a free and improvisatory style, in which sometimes the metre indications are missing (“non mesuré”) and a high level of virtuosity.
- Francesco Cera is one of the foremost Italian cembalists, having recorded extensively for various labels, and is considered a specialist in the French repertoire. He plays a magnificent instrument, a copy after Tibaut 1691.
- A valuable addition to the ever growing discography of Baroque keyboard masters on Brilliant Classics (Rameau, Couperin, Duphly, Buxtehude, Reincken, Böhm, Muffat, Gronau, Froberger and many more)!
- Booklet includes liner notes and artist biographies.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Suite No. 1 in G Major: I. Prélude
  2. Suite No. 1 in G Major: II. Allemande
  3. Suite No. 1 in G Major: III. Courante
  4. Suite No. 1 in G Major: IV. Double de la courante
  5. Suite No. 1 in G Major: V. Seconde courante
  6. Suite No. 1 in G Major: VI. Troisième Courante
  7. Suite No. 1 in G Major: VII. Sarabande
  8. Suite No. 1 in G Major: VIII. Gigue
  9. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XVII. Seconde cigue
  10. Suite No. 1 in G Major: IX. Gaillarde
  11. Suite No. 1 in G Major: X. Chaconne rondeau
  12. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XI. Gavotte
  13. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XII. Menuet
  14. Suite No. 2 in G minor: I. Prélude
  15. Suite No. 2 in G minor: II. Allemande
  16. Suite No. 2 in G minor: III. Courante
  17. Suite No. 2 in G minor: IV. Seconde courante
  18. Suite No. 2 in G minor: VI. Sarabande
  19. Suite No. 2 in G minor: VIII. Gigue
  20. Suite No. 2 in G minor: X. Gaillarde
  21. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XI. Passacaille

Disk 2

  1. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: I. Prélude
  2. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: II. Allemande
  3. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: III. Courante
  4. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: IV. Double de la courante
  5. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: V. Seconde courante
  6. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: VI. Sarabande. Grave
  7. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: VII. Sarabande
  8. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: VIII. Gigue
  9. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: IX. Gaillarde
  10. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: X. Gavotte
  11. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: XI. Menuet
  12. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: XIII. Variations sur les folies d’Espagne
  13. Suite No. 4 in D Major: I. Allemande
  14. Suite No. 4 in D Major: II. Courante
  15. Suite No. 4 in D Major: III. Seconde courante
  16. Suite No. 4 in D Major: IV. Sarabande
  17. Suite No. 4 in D Major: V. Gigue
  18. Suite No. 4 in D Major: VII. Chaconne rondeau
  19. Suite No. 4 in D Major: VIII. Tombeau de M. de Chambonnières

Disk 3

  1. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XIII. Overture de Cadmus (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  2. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XIV. Ritournelle des fées de Roland (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  3. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XV. Menuet “Dans nos bois” (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  4. Suite No. 1 in G Major: XVI. Chaconne de Phaëton (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  5. Suite No. 2 in G minor: V. Courante de Lully (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  6. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: IV. Double de la Courante de Lully No. 2 (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  7. Suite No. 2 in G minor: VII. Sarabande “Dieu des Enfers”
  8. Suite No. 2 in G minor: IX. Gigue de Lully (Arr. D’Anglebert)
  9. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XII. Menuet “La Jeune Iris”
  10. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XIII. Gavotte “Où estes vous allé” – Air ancien
  11. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XIV. Gavotte “Le Beau Berger Tirsis” – Air ancien
  12. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XV. La Bergère Annette – Vaudeville
  13. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XVI. Ouverture de la Mascarade
  14. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XVII. Les Sourdines d’Armide
  15. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XVIII. Les Songes agréables d’Atys
  16. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XIX. Air d’Apollon du Triomphe de l’Amour
  17. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XX. Menuet de Poitou – Vaudeville
  18. Suite No. 2 in G minor: XXI. Passacaille d’Armidey
  19. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: XII. Ouverture de Proserpine
  20. Suite No. 4 in D Major: VI. Chaconne de Galatée
  21. Pièces in C Major: I. Prélude
  22. Pièces in C Major: II. Allemande
  23. Pièces in C Major: III. Gaillarde
  24. Pièces in C Major: IV. Double
  25. Pièces in C Major: V. Chaconne

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