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Jacquet de La Guerre: Complete Harpsichord Works


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Acclaimed in her own time as ‘the wonder of our century’, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) occupies a place of outstanding importance in the cultural history of 17th and 18th-century France as a composer and harpsichordist. Her prodigious talents were recognized from when she played and sang to the court of King Louis XIV at the tender age of five years old. Her first book of harpsichord suites was published in 1687 and dedicated to her patron the king. The style of their brief dance movements inherits the characteristics of lute music, including the unbarred preludes, which evoke a refined taste for improvisation. By the time that her second book of suites was published 20 years later, her life had been marked by the deaths of her only son, her father and her husband at the age of only 46; Jacquet de la Guerre took up composing once again as a wealthy, lonely widow. These later suites omit the preludes, but the writing within them is more florid and complex, offering a stiff challenge both to the technique and the imagination of the performer. The D minor Suite is conceived on the grandest scale, opening with a poignantly rhetorical piece entitled ‘La Flamande’ and closing ten movements later with a grand Chaconne. The suites are recorded anew here on a 1982 Fernando Granziera instrument after a 1736 model by Jena-Henri Hemsch; the soloist is the Italian harpsichordist Francesca Lanfranco, who is herself a noted teacher of harpsichord.
Facts
Item number BRI95555
Barcode 5028421955551
Release date 3/23/2018
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Lanfranco, Francesca
Disc: 1
Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in D Minor00:21:03
1 I. Prelude 00:02:18 Lanfranco, Francesca
2 II. Allemande 00:02:47 Lanfranco, Francesca
3 III. Courante I 00:01:54 Lanfranco, Francesca
4 IV. Courante II 00:01:45 Lanfranco, Francesca
5 V. Sarabande 00:02:27 Lanfranco, Francesca
6 VI. Gigue 00:01:54 Lanfranco, Francesca
7 VII. Cannaris 00:01:54 Lanfranco, Francesca
8 VIII. Chaconne L'Inconstante 00:03:15 Lanfranco, Francesca
9 IX. Menuet 00:01:05 Lanfranco, Francesca
Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in G Minor00:17:00
10 I. Prelude 00:01:33 Lanfranco, Francesca
11 II. Allemande 00:02:18 Lanfranco, Francesca
12 III. Courante I 00:01:52 Lanfranco, Francesca
13 IV. Courante II 00:01:58 Lanfranco, Francesca
14 V. Sarabande 00:02:18 Lanfranco, Francesca
15 VI. Gigue I 00:01:50 Lanfranco, Francesca
16 VII. Gigue II 00:02:10 Lanfranco, Francesca
17 VIII. Menuet - IX. Double 00:00:44 Lanfranco, Francesca
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in A Minor00:17:17
18 I. Prelude 00:01:29 Lanfranco, Francesca
19 II. Allemande 00:02:24 Lanfranco, Francesca
20 III. Courante I 00:01:52 Lanfranco, Francesca
21 IV. Courante II 00:01:54 Lanfranco, Francesca
22 V. Sarabande 00:02:28 Lanfranco, Francesca
23 VI. Gigue 00:01:43 Lanfranco, Francesca
24 VII. Chaconne 00:03:28 Lanfranco, Francesca
25 VIII. Gavotte 00:01:14 Lanfranco, Francesca
26 IX. Menuet 00:01:05 Lanfranco, Francesca
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in F Major00:16:52
27 I. Tocade 00:02:13 Lanfranco, Francesca
28 II. Allemande 00:02:24 Lanfranco, Francesca
29 III. Courante I 00:01:33 Lanfranco, Francesca
30 IV. Courante II 00:01:40 Lanfranco, Francesca
31 V. Sarabande 00:02:28 Lanfranco, Francesca
32 VI. Gigue 00:01:50 Lanfranco, Francesca
33 VII. Cannaris 00:01:40 Lanfranco, Francesca
34 VIII. Menuet 00:01:01 Lanfranco, Francesca
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in D Minor00:30:52
35 I. La flamande 00:05:57 Lanfranco, Francesca
36 II. Double 00:05:49 Lanfranco, Francesca
37 III. Courante 00:02:49 Lanfranco, Francesca
38 IV. Double 00:02:50 Lanfranco, Francesca
39 V. Sarabande 00:03:22 Lanfranco, Francesca
40 VI. Gigue 00:03:58 Lanfranco, Francesca
41 VII. Double 00:04:35 Lanfranco, Francesca
42 VIII. Gigue II 00:04:04 Lanfranco, Francesca
43 IX. Rigaudon I - II 00:00:55 Lanfranco, Francesca
44 X. Chaconne 00:06:36 Lanfranco, Francesca
Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in G Major00:15:14
45 I. Allemande 00:03:56 Lanfranco, Francesca
46 II. Courante 00:02:01 Lanfranco, Francesca
47 III. Sarabande 00:03:20 Lanfranco, Francesca
48 IV. Gigue 00:02:50 Lanfranco, Francesca
49 V. Menuet 00:01:18 Lanfranco, Francesca
50 VI. Rondeau 00:01:49 Lanfranco, Francesca
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