françois couperin recordings coming soon

I spent two of the last days in March 2020 before the (comparatively moderate, but still) Swedish coronavirus-stay-at-home recommendations went live, recording a harpsichord program with music by François Couperin. The program contains the first Prélude in C-major and selections from the third Ordre in C-minor from book 1 of the Pièces de Clavecin; the second Prélude in D-major and selections from the second Ordre, and the sixth Prélude in B-minor and the entire magnificent eighth Ordre in B-minor.

Two sound samples are here (Second Ordre, La Terpsicore and La Garnier:

The recording was made in Ödenäs church on March 4 and 5, 2020, by Erik Sikkema. The Harpsichord is a 18th-century French model (5 octaves) by Martin Skowroneck (1980).

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The spooky photo below was taken after the end of recording day 2, harpsichord already safely stored in the car (invisible beside the low right-hand corner) and waiting for its 40-Minute drive home over icy backroads.

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2 Responses to “françois couperin recordings coming soon”

  1. Freek Sluijs Says:

    Hey Tilman, well done! A very sweet sound this is. It seems like those small churches in Sweden suit the harpsichord very well.

  2. skowroneck Says:

    Thanks Freek! We actually had a problem first because the round wooden roof created some interesting intensified-frequency-hotspots. Shifting the harpsichord 20 cm did help…

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