Francois - Thank you for posting this suite. I am not very familiar with Rameau, but I was pleasantly surprised by these pieces and did enjoy them. I think La Boîteuse was probably my favorite, but I found Les Cyclopes quite interesting.
You handled the "tricky" parts well I thought, and I noticed you played quite a few additional ornaments than I had in a downloaded score I found. But they all seemed appropriate to me and not at all over the top.
Overall I thought you played very well! The only critique I have after a quick listen is that in a few places it seemed you struggled to maintain the tempo - for example, a few spots in the last half of Les Cyclopes. I'm not sure what the proper tempo should be for these, but it did seem that you played them very lively and could probably get away with reducing the tempo throughout if needed.
Thanks for your kind compliments, and sorry for my late answer. I totally agree with you regarding my struggle with the tempo. I generally keep it even if it creates some defects (probably a habit I have from my jazzy background
). However, in terms of chosen tempo, I've just checked on Deezer, and I found that all professional versions of Les Cyclopes last less than mine. So it turns out that I have few room here, especially because I don't think Rameau's music is so resistent to tempo changes, as compared to Bach's one, for instance...
Truthfully I'm not a big fan of the harpsichord sound, even in Baroque music... Probably due to shortcomings in my own musical education I'm sure!
Regarding this effect on your keyboard, there were a few spots where - for me - it came off a bit too electronic. Could be just my ears, but for example in Les Cyclopes measures 15-26 (approx 00:22 - 00:35 secs in recording). This run of alternating-hand eighth notes is very interesting, but the keyboard effect didn't seem to handle it well. Same story twice more in this piece when this rhythm is repeated again. Anyway, just an observation... not sure what you could do about it even if you wanted to address it.
Yes, again you demonstrate your sharp ears ! My digital harpsichord sometimes can be taken for an acoustic one, but not in the very treble range, and not in repeated notes, which is good for harpsichord makers who are doing an immensely difficult job - trying to ressurect the great tradition of European harpsichord facture. It seems that Yamaha and his competitors are not yet making their efforts useless..