Skip Sempe

Louis Couperin: Suites et Pavane

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Let's just admit it: Skip Sempé is one of the greatest harpsichordists in the world. His technique is staggering. His intelligence is stunning. His tone is commanding. His interpretations are compelling. His instincts are unerring. His intensity is unrelenting. In his many recordings for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Astree labels, the New Orleans-born Sempé has demonstrated that he is the heir as well as the student of Gustav Leonhardt. In this 2004 Alpha recording, Sempé performs a program of six suites plus a Pavanne by Louis Couperin. The music is noble, playful, mournful, sometimes suggestive, sometimes savage, and always virtuosic. Sempé gets it, all of it, and plays it with everything he's got. Although there have been notable recordings of Louis Couperin's harpsichord music in the past -- notably Davitt Moroney's magnificent, complete Pieces de Clavecin -- one has to go back to Leonhardt's magisterial 1968 and 1980 recordings to hear Couperin played with this kind of conviction and inner compulsion. Alpha's sound is completely translucent and absolutely real.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
1 02:24 Amazon
2 00:58 Amazon
3 01:55 Amazon
4 05:45 Amazon
5 03:05 Amazon
6 00:56 Amazon
7 01:54 Amazon
8 06:12 Amazon
Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
9 04:53 Amazon
10 01:08 Amazon
11 02:54 Amazon
12 01:02 Amazon
13 03:31 Amazon
Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
14 02:56 Amazon
15 01:28 Amazon
16 01:32 Amazon
17 03:19 Amazon
18 06:24 Amazon
19 01:39 Amazon
20 03:03 Amazon
21 02:32 Amazon
22 01:15 Amazon
23 01:46 Amazon
24 02:20 Amazon
25 02:26 Amazon
26 03:36 Amazon
Pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
27 01:31 Amazon
28 06:03 Amazon
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