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Jacques Du Phly: Complete Works for Harpsichord - Three CD Set!  - John Paul, harpsichord

Jacques Du Phly: Complete Works for Harpsichord - Three CD Set! - John Paul, harpsichord

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"An enterprising and important set. Duphly's music is finally wrought and enjoyably inventive, very much in the spirit of Couperin. John Paul plays it with vigour and much expressive vitality. He uses a modern Anden Houben double keyboard instrument, and adaptation of the often-copied Antoine Vaudry harpsichord of 1691, originally housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Lyrichord's producer Shawn Leopard and recording engineer Anden Houben are to be congratulated on their recording. The balance and acoustic are nigh on perfect. This is an instrument of personality played with real understanding of its character and, indeed, the qualities of the music. And the result is most stimulating and realistic."
-The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2007 Edition

"The set is a real credit to all involved, and an important document that will repay considerable further investigation.
-Brian Robins
Fanfare March/April 2006

Jacques Duphly died in 1789 the day after the storming of the Bastille. He is the very last of the French Harpsichord School, which had lasted for nearly 200 years. His music was lost in the chaos of the French Revolution and did not come to full light until near the end of the 20th Century. His 4 books of harpsichord pieces (published between 1745 and 1768) contain 46 separate works that are as luscious as they are varied. They run the full gamut from the exquisitely crafted dances of the High French Baroque to the Galant\Roccoco style, which rapidly took over the musical world after 1750. Here for the first time is a milestone recording of Du Phly's complete harpsichord pieces which demonstrate his extraordinary range and diversity over a long and distinguished career.

Magnificent in their craftsmanship and also profoundly soulful these 46 examples of the harpsichordist's art provide a fitting conclusion to two centuries of French Harpsichord Music. Newly recorded in a lush spacious acoustic of at Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, MS by engineer and the instrument's builder, Anden Houben. Without exaggeration, this set possesses some of the most thrilling harpsichord sonics ever recorded. And the performance is quite frankly beyond magnificent!

The harpsichord used for this recording is an Anden Houben double (8, 8, 4) completed in 2000. It is an adaptation of the often-copied Antoine Vaudry instrument of 1691 (original housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London) with the spine extended by four inches. The instrument is non-transposing, and is thus permanently pitched at A=392. The temperament used throughout the recording is Kirnberger III.

READ FANFARE REVIEW

JACQUES DU PHLY
COMPLETE WORKS FOR HARPSICHORD

Disc 1

Premier Livre (1744)

1. Allemande - 6:29
2. Courante - 3:21
3. La Vanlo - 5:00
4. Rondeau - 4:05
5. La Tribolet - 4:02
6. Rondeau - 2:41
7. La Damanzy - 6:03
8. La Cazamajor - 4:31
9. Allemande - 6:17
10. La Boucon - 4:17
11. La Larare - 4:03
12. Menuets - 2:53
13. Rondeau - 5:22
14. La Millettina - 2:43
15. Legrement - 3:16

Deuxieme Livre (1748)
16. La Victoire - 4:05

R.T. DISC ONE 69:10

Disc 2

1. La de Villeroy - 5:08
2. La Felix - 2:56
3. La de Vatre - 4:55
4. La Lanza - 5:55
5. Les Colombes - 5:42
6. La Damanzy - 4:49
7. La de Beuzeville - 3:22
8. La D'Hericourt - 4:11
9. Gavottes - 4:05
10. Menuets - 4:36
11. La de Redemond - 5:04
12. La de Caze - 3:08
13. La de Brissac - 3:52

Troisieme Livre (1758)
14. La Forqueray - 6:32
15. Chaconne - 9:38

R.T. DISC TWO 74:02

Disc 3

1. Meacute'e - 4:22
2. Les Graces - 5:55
3. La de Belhombre - 3:51
4. Menuets - 4:00
5. La de Tour - 3:22
6. La de Guyon - 2:57
7. Menuets - 3:44
8. La de Chamlay - 3:39
9. La de Villeneuve - 4:14

Quatrieme Livre (1768)
10. La de Juigne - 7:17
11. La de Sartine - 6:28
12. La de Drummond - 3:40
13. La de Vaucanson - 4:29
14. La Pothouin - 5:17
15. La du Buq - 5:43

R.T. DISC THREE 69:04
 

Additional Information

Click here to read another fine review of John Paul's Du Phly on "La Folia".

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