Blandine Verlet is now one of the last living legends of the harpsichord. After a few years of absence, she has joined the label Aparté with a programme dedicated to Francois Couperin's harpsichord music, recorded on a sumptuous Hemsch of 1751 upon which she already performed Goldberg Variations in 1993. Throughout these pieces with evocative titles (Les Amusements, the Raphaèle, the delights, the Poppies, the Wandering Shadows ..) she reveals an artist with a voice more than inspired, powerful and constantly renewed.
The cover of the disc is a portrait of Blandine Verlet by Craig Hanna. A real event!
“She captures the richness of the material, the Balzacian catalogue of character and conceit...one wishes the ornaments were more fluid and natural...But it is fine playing, even so...she makes the most of this robust, prismatic instrument...It seems strange but also very appropriate to hear harpsichord-playing that sounds wise and autumnal.”
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