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Rameau: 'Pieces De Clavecin, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

Rameau: 'Pieces De Clavecin, Vol 2'

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'Pieces de clavecin, Vol 2'

Pieces de clavecin--Suite in A minor/major; Suite in G major/minor

Steven Devine hpd

Resonus [R] [DO] RES10140

( * 67' * DDD)

As with its predecessor (9/14), the second of four projected releases in this superbly engineered download-only Rameau cycle features a clear, dulcet sounding 1636 Ruckers model harpsichord that befits Steven Devine's meticulous technique and thoughtful musicianship in the two 1731 Pieces de clavecin suites. His syncopated notes inegales treatment of the A minor Allemande and Courante differs from Mahan Esfahani's harder-hitting interpretation (Hyperion), while he favours a steadier, more grounded Sarabande. Devine's crisp and clipped 'Les trois mains' convinces less than Noelle Spieth's suaver legato/detache phrasing (Eloquentia) but his simplicity and breadth in the concluding Gavotte and Doubles complements Esfahani's faster, more ornamented traversal, as does the lilting deliberation of 'Fanfarinette'.

Esfahani sees 'Les Tricotets' as an upbeat toccata at odds with Devine's agogic rumination. …

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