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    Balbastre - Pieces De Clavecin (FLAC) (2011)
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    Genre: Classical
    Claude-B?nigne Balbastre the French composer ganist and harpsichdist was one of the most famous musicians of his time. His suite of pieces from 1759 is here perfmed by Sophie Yates on a harpsichd specially chosen f the repertoire a double manual instrument built by Andrew Garlick in 1996. It is a copy of a French harpsichd by Jean-Claude Goujon made in Paris in 1748 which today fms part of the collection of the Mus?e de la Musique at the Conservatoire de Paris. Sophie Yates has made a series of solo CDs f Chandos many of which have won international awards. She has been described by Gramophone as ?hugely talented? and by BBC Music as playing ?with exceptional poise?.
    In the eighteenth century aristocratic ideally royal patronage was the undisputed key to an artist?s success. In the case of Balbastre the young composer was quickly and efficiently introduced to the Parisian musical circles and high society by no less a figure than Jean-Philippe Rameau and made a brilliant career. He played at the Concert Spirituel until 1782 became ganist of the Notre-Dame cathedral and of the Chapelle Royale harpsichdist to the French royal court where he taught Queen Marie-Antoinette and ganist to Louis-Stanislav-Xavier Count of Provence later Louis XVIII King of France. His fame grew so great that the archbishop of Paris had to fbid Balbastre to play at Saint Roch during certain services because the church drew excessive crowds whenever he played.
    Because of his royal patronage Balbastre developed a compositional style that displayed strong elements of nobility and grandeur but there was also a great deal of exuberance which meant that his wks were commonly regarded as me popular than intellectual. The music on this recding takes the fm of descriptive ?pi?ces de charact?re?. Some of them ? ?La Suzanne? f example ? require a sparkling virtuosity whilst others such as ?La Berville? calls f the sensitivity to create a supple line. The title Giga at the top of ?La Lugeac? is a clue to its Italianate vigour and its infectious spirit shows off Balbastre?s gift f the common touch. ?La d?Hericourt? and ?La de Caze? are me noble and traditional. By contract the pastal style so very popular in eighteenth-century France is clearly heard in the so-called Air Champ?tre ?La Castleme?.
    This collection of pieces was composed at the time when Balbastre was enjoying his greatest success in Paris just befe the old regime and all that went with it came to a dramatic end. It embodies the last flowering of the French harpsichd repertoire.
    01 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La De Caze.flac 33.84 MB
    02 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La d'Hericourt.flac 34.11 MB
    03 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Segur.flac 30.71 MB
    04 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Monmartel Ou La Brunoys.flac 19.58 MB
    05 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Boullongne.flac 42.68 MB
    06 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Castelme.flac 23.57 MB
    07 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Courteille.flac 21.15 MB
    08 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. Le Ballaud.flac 15.34 MB
    09 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Lamarck.flac 32.19 MB
    10 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Berville.flac 27.17 MB
    11 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Lugeac.flac 23.68 MB
    12 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Suzanne.flac 27.85 MB
    13 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Genty.flac 25.16 MB
    14 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Malesherbe.flac 26.47 MB
    15 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Berryer Ou La Lamoignon.flac 21.19 MB
    16 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Lapte.flac 21.22 MB
    17 Pieces De Clavecin Book 1. La Misseau.flac 37.81 MB
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