«Couperin: Music For Two Harpsichords, Vol. 2»
Les Nations: Premier Ordre 'La Françoise',
Les Nations: La Piémontoise, L’Impériale,
Concert No. 4 (Concert Royal) in E minor,
Muséte de Choisi et Muséte de Taverni,
Allemande à deux clavecins.
Emer Buckley (Harpsichord), Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord).
François Couperin published two collections of chamber music – the Concerts Royaux in 1722 and Les Nations in 1726 – in what today would be called open scoring, so that they could be performed by whatever instruments were to hand. But he confessed in the preface to a later publication that he himself preferred to perform them on two harpsichords, although that suggestion had to wait for this series of two albums to be taken up in recordings. Here Les Nations and movements from the Concerts Royaux are presented with a number of his Pièces de clavecin, also in rarely heard realisations for two harpsichords.