We are used to hearing the keyboard music of the great harpsichord masters Bach, Scarlatti, even Handel, played on the piano, but why not that of their contemporary, François Couperin ‘le Grand’?
Putting this question to Angela Hewitt initiated appropriate investigation, with the result that she has now taken the jewelled miniatures of the French maîtreinto her repertoire in addition to her celebrated Bach.
It all seems to have begun with his great-grandfather, Mathurin Couperin, who farmed twelve acres of land around Beauvoir in Brie.
He was also known as a merchant, attorney, joueur d’instruments (master instrumentalist) and music teacher. The youngest son, Charles Couperin (‘l’Ancien’) owned many vineyards around the area of Chaumes and also played several instruments, among them the oboe and organ.
This is the first of three CDs devoted to the composer and is devoted to Ordres 6, 8 and 18 which include several of his most well-known pieces: Sœur Monique, Le Tic-Toc-Choc, Les Baricades Misterieuses and the famous Passacaille.'it is the highest possible compliment to her playing to say that after a very few minutes the listener loses any awareness that this is not the instrument for which they were written …