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Couperin: Les nations

Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo

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Les nations, 3rd Ordre "L'Impériale" (Version for 2 Harpsichords)  
1
I. Gravement - Vivement et marqué - Gravement, et marqué
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
10:28
2
II. Allemande. Sans lenteur
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:26
3
III. Courante
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:50
4
IV. Seconde courante. Plus marquée
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:38
5
V. Sarabande. Tendrement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:08
6
VI. Bourrée. Gayement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
0:48
7
VII. Gigue. D'une légèreté modérée
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:20
8
VII. Rondeau. Gayement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:17
9
VII. Chaconne
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
4:29
10
VIII. Menuet
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:04
Les nations, 1st Ordre "La Françoise" (Version for 2 Harpsichords)  
11
I. Gravement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
6:51
12
II. Allemande. Sans lenteur
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
3:29
13
III. Premiere courante. Noblement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:35
14
IV. Seconde courante. Un peu plus viste
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:29
15
V. Sarabande. Gravement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:03
16
VI. Gigue. Gayement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:30
17
VII. Chaconne ou passacaille. Modérément - Vif, et marqué
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
3:04
18
VIII. Gavotte
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:11
19
IX. Menuet
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:17
Les nations, 4th Ordre "La Piémontoise" (Version for 2 Harpsichords)  
20
I. Gravement, et rondement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
9:11
21
II. Allemande. Noblement, et sans lenteur
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:33
22
III. Courante
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
1:31
23
IV. Courante II. Un peu plus gayement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:03
24
V. Sarabande. Tendrement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:39
25
VI. Rondeau. Gayement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:46
26
VII. Gigue. Affectueusement; quoy-que légèrement
François Couperin; Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
2:48
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    74:28
François Couperin, the main representative of a dynasty that dominated French music from the 16th well into the first half of the 19th century. In 1726 Couperin published his own musical atlas. According to the most plausible reconstructions based on the surviving manuscripts, the author had picked up three sonatas from a series of six trio sonatas written on Corelli’s model of “sonata da chiesa” (four movements, typically alternating slow-fast-slow-fast).

These three chosen works were renamed this way: La Pucelle became La Françoise, La Visionnaire turned into L’Espagnole, L’Astrée into La Piédmontoise. To these three works Couperin added a fourth, the most extended of all, called L’Imperiale. To each Sonata, he further added a French Suite whose length suited diplomatic protocols: eight dances each for France and Spain, nine for the Holy Roman Empire, six for Piedmont. In all, four ordres for those Catholic powers that, in a typically French-centred perspective, were considered natural allies in the effort to break the siege by a hostile geopolitical bloc: Anglican Great Britain, Lutheran Prussia and Sweden, Orthodox Russia.

Couperin himself writes in the preface to L’Apothéose de Lully: “[...] the complete book of trios that I hope to publish next July (Les Nations), can be played on two harpsichords, as well as on any other instrument."
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