|François Couperin||Les Nations 4E Ordre: La PiéMontoise,
PièCes De Clavecin 2D Livre: 6E Ordre,
Concerts Royaux 1Re Concert,
PièCes De Clavecin 3E Livre: 16E Ordre,
Les Nations 2D Ordre: L’Espagnole,
PièCes De Clavecin 3E Livre: 14E Ordre,
Concerts Royaux 3E Concert .
Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord), Emer Buckley (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 CDs to be taken up in a recording. 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.