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Couperin: Concerts royaux
Genre: Classical
 

      
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All Artists: Francois Couperin
Title: Couperin: Concerts royaux
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Release Date: 11/14/2000
Album Type: Import, Original recording reissued
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 794881508822

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Good material made boring.
Nancy Moran | Baltimore, Maryland USA | 10/26/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Played without enthusiasm. No contrast between fast and slow. Feels half-speed throughout. Continuo and harpsichord appear to be out of sync with flute in a number of places. Lacking the spirit of the French Baroque. Recording is muddled. Does a disservice to Couperin and his era."
Not that bad
scott | Calgary, Canada | 01/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Other reviews of this recording have been very harsh, but I don't think the situation is really that grim. I have owned this for years now, and must admit that I have never listened to it much, and was of the mind that it was a bit dull. I finally listened to it again recently, and at one point I perked up and thought to myself, "this is really quite a good performance". It goes without saying, of course, that the music itself is quite fine.

The baroque flute always has a somewhat languid and aloof quality to its sound, and I don't think Robert Claire is by any means inferior to, say Lisa Beznosiuk, Rachel Brown, Bart Kuijken or Marc Hantai. Also, I don't hear that the continuo is ever out of sync with the flute. I won't go so far as to say this recording is a revelation, or the best these works can sound, but it is solid, and I think a good performance overall."