Couperin: L'art de toucher le clavecin Olivier Fortin

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Label: Alpha

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • François Couperin (1668 - 1733):
  • 1L'art de toucher le clavecin: Premier prélude en Do Majeur01:08
  • 2Premier livre de pièces de clavevin, 3e ordre: La Lugubre, Sarabande03:11
  • 3Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 25e ordre: Les Ombres errantes03:35
  • 4Premier livre de pièces de clavevin, 3e ordre: La lutine02:13
  • 5L'art de toucher le clavecin: Second prélude en Ré Majeur01:35
  • 6Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 22e ordre: Les Tours de passe-passe02:52
  • 7Premier livre de pièces de clavevin, 2e ordre: La garnier04:21
  • 8Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 22e ordre: Menuets croisés02:10
  • 9L'art de toucher le clavecin: Huitième prélude en Mi Mineur01:17
  • 10Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin, 17e ordre: Les timbres03:28
  • 11Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 11e ordre: La couperin03:31
  • 12L'art de toucher le clavecin: Quatrième prélude en Fa majeur01:40
  • 13Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin, 18e ordre: Le Tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins02:44
  • 14Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 23e ordre: L'arlequine01:46
  • 15L'art de toucher le clavecin: Troisième prélude en sol mineur01:00
  • 16Premier livre de pièces de clavevin, 1er ordre: L'enchanteresse02:30
  • 17Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 20e ordre: Les chérubins ou l'aimable lazure03:14
  • 18L'art de toucher le clavecin: Cinquième prélude en La majeur02:42
  • 19Second livre de pièces de clavecin, 9e ordre: La séduisante03:13
  • 20Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, 26e ordre: La pantomime04:21
  • 21L'art de toucher le clavecin: Septième prélude en si bémol majeur02:35
  • 22Second livre de pièces de clavecin, 6e ordre: La bersan03:03
  • 23L'art de toucher le clavecin: Sixième prélude en Si Mineur02:08
  • 24Second livre de pièces de clavecin, 8e ordre: Allemande l'ausoniène02:32
  • 25Second livre de pièces de clavecin, 8e ordre: Passacaille07:10
  • Total Runtime01:09:59

Info for Couperin: L'art de toucher le clavecin

"The harpsichord is perfect in its compass, and brilliant in itself; but, as one can neither swell nor diminish its notes, I shall always be grateful to those who, through consummate art sustained by good taste, manage to make this instrument capable of expression.’ Why is it difficult to play the music of François Couperin when it seems so simple at first glance? By offering precious information on the interpretation of his music (and more generally on the interpretation of French music of his time) in his treatise L’Art de toucher le clavecin (The art of harpsichord playing), Couperin provides us with the necessary elements for today’s performer, who seeks above all to respect the composer’s intentions.

However, fear of not going beyond the indications given by the latter and excessive attention to every detail can inhibit inspiration and distract from the purpose of the works. Like the French language, it consists of rules but also of many exceptions. Modern grammars and dictionaries give us complete, firm, infallible answers to all these questions. But things were quite different at the time.

Olivier Fortin, harpsichord

Olivier Fortin
graduated with distinction from the Québec Conservatory in 1995 in the class of Anatole Gagnon. He continued his training with Dom André Laberge, obtained a Master Degree from University of Montreal under the direction of Réjean Poirier, and received several scholarships for studies in Paris with Pierre Hantai and in Amsterdam with Bob van Asperen. In 1997 he was awarded top prizes at the Montreal Bach Competition and the Bruges Festival, and received the Capriccio Stravagante Prize in 1998.

He is increasingly in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, touring and recording throughout Europe, China and South Korea, the United States and Canada with Masques, Capriccio Stravagante, Tafelmusik, Opera Quarta, Chanticleer, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and Les Voix Humaines. He also performs with Skip Sempé and Pierre Hantaï in programs of music for two and three harpsichords.

Olivier Fortin has appeared in the Festivals of Berkeley, La Roque d’Antheron, Utrecht, Aldeburgh, Regensburg, Zermatt, Montreal Baroque; Music Before 1800 and the Frick Collection in New York, the Cite de Musique in Paris, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, BOZAR Music in Brussels, the Folle Journée in Nantes, Bilbao and Lisbon and the Festival Bach de Lausanne. As both solo harpsichordist and featured collaborative artist, he has recorded more than twenty CDs for Analekta, Atma, Paradizo, Alpha and Teldec.

Olivier Fortin is the founder and director of the Montreal-based ensemble Masques. Since 1998, the ensemble has become a strategic meeting point for young Canadian musicians. From 2004-2008 he taught harpsichord and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, and he currently teaches at the Tafelmusik Summer Institute in Toronto.

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