Yes the joke is very funny
. We'll just keep the recordings coming, I enjoy them very much and they help me expand my knowledge of the early stuff. Speaking of life being beautiful, I hope you saw Roberto Begnini's fantastic La vie est belle
(1997). Everyone should see that movie!
Thanks Eddy, I'm pleased you like this old music. It always a surprise for me to think that something which was written on the paper almost three centuries ago can make us so happy, although the world changed so much. Mystery of art ! No, I have never seen 'La vie est belle', but I'll do so, based on your good advice...
Once again, it is enjoyable to listen to your harpsichord recordings, even if it's not a harpsichord! Daquin's Le coucou would make a nice addition to the Rappel des oiseaux; I'd be interested in hearing that. I don't know many of these pieces in their "natural" environment but I had encountered a couple of them previously in piano arrangements by Godowsky.
Thanks Andrew. Yes, good idea to add the Coucou. There is another composer of this French harpsichord school for whom I have a particular love, who is Jacques Duphly. I will certainly submit some Duphly's pieces one of those days.
Okay, done. Hopefully, we are all set now. (*fingers crossed...*
Yes we are !!! Thanks Monica.
Some very idiomatic French Baroque playing. You have a real feel for this music, as well as real flair. Your ornaments are nothing short of amazing.
Personally I think the profusion or ornamentation in this music works a bit against it. Like this ornate Baroque architecture where you can't see the lines for all the frills and curls. Rameau seems a bit more moderate with it than Couperin, isn't he ? But I must confess to having little affinity with this repertoire, being far more drawn to the somewhat starker lines of German and Italian baroque. I don't even like Bach played with too much trills and frills (which my great compatriot and Bach-incarnate Ton Koopman is often guilty of).
I can recognize this is great playing though. The digital sounds like the real stuff, especially in the lower half (a bit less so in the upper half).
Thank you Chris. Yes I know you are more from the serious protestant side
... Although Rameau was sometimes quoted as the 'French Bach', the depth of their musics is certainly not comparable. But we cannot play Bach all the time, can we ? Well, I've lived during two years or so practicing every day the Goldberg variations, and I remember this period as a marvellous one ! But Bach did not write any opera, although Rameau made a dozen, which are incredibly full of musical ideas, beautiful orchestrations and magnificent melodies which fit the human voice better than the Cantor's ones (which are more written for angels...).