Sunday, July 16, 2017

Graupner, Christoph. (1683-1760) Partitas for Harpsichord Volume II. Partien 1718 & Galanteries. Top recommendation.


New acquisition.
Date of purchase: July 2017.
First listen: 16-7-2017.
Second listen: 1-8-2017.
Third listen: 24-8-2017.
Label: Analekta.
Recording dates:  December 2002.
Recording venue: Église Saint Augustin de Mirabel.
Recording engineer: Steven Bellamy.
Running time: 59:38.
Relevance to me: Essential.
Reference recording.
State of the Art sound.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Geneviève Soly.
Harpsichord: 
Hubbard & Broekman 2002, after H.A. Hass 1730's.
Tuned: to a'=415 Hz.
Basic temperament: 1/5th comma mean tone.

Christoph Graupner was well respected in his lifetime. Judging by what I already knew of him, and now listening to his harpsichord compositions I am easily convinced that he ranks amongst the greats. The level of this music is so high, that it will astound many a  listener, me included. It has to do with the remarkably talented Geneviève Soly. Her easy grace exudes such confidence that the outcome could not be other as perfect. Her playing reveals contrast and dynamics that are quite infectious. Not so much a dazzling affair, but sheer control over the textures. She delights in the music's expressive power, which is wonderfully confiding and unfailingly imaginative. Soly's rhythmic focus underlines the music's excellence. She leaves room to let the music sing and breathe, it sounds light and has an inbred elegance. All is so refreshingly animated, splendidly articulated, unleashing imaginatively controlled embellishments that fuse heart and mind to the brim. I could go on endlessly, but I urge everyone to buy at least one volume, after hearing it you will want all. The instrument used is a marvel in sound and colour.
The recording is reference quality. 



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