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Dieupart: 'Les Suittes'

Magazine article Gramophone

Dieupart: 'Les Suittes'

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Dieupart 'Lessuittes' L Couperin Prelude Dieupart Suites -1; II; III; VI Corina Marti recs Tore Eketorp quinton Soma Salat-Zakarids va da gamba Yizhar Karshon hpd Ziv Braha theo Carpe Diem [F] CD16303 (58' * DDD)

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Dieupart's 1701 Six suittes de clavessin (French in style and origin, dedicated to an English duchess and published in Amsterdam) were immensely popular in their day and still attract advocates, of whom Yizhar Karshon and Corina Marti are the latest. Dieupart was the first French composer to use the term 'suites' and to publish his music simultaneously in two different versions: one for solo harpsichord, the other 'mise en concerts' for violin and flute with a bass viol and archlute; one can acquire recordings of either.

This recording, of four of the six suites, offers both. Listening to it is as if present at a rehearsal in which the performers experiment with the instrumentation. The most fascinating element of their performance is the enchanting sound of the French quinton (a five-string fretted instrument with sloping shoulders), favoured in France in the 1690s and played here by Tore Eketorp, rather than a violin. …

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