Rameau was one of the great composers for the keyboard. But because pianists have not adopted his harpsichord music as they have that of the other great names of the Baroque — Bach, Handel and Scarlatti — his stature as one of the world's major keyboard composers is not as fully acknowledged. This series of three CDs aims to underline that claim by presenting all of Rameau's keyboard music on the piano: the familiar suites, a number of discoveries and arrangements by himself and his contemporaries.
Stephen Gutman, piano
Catalogue No: TOCC0052EAN/UPC: 5060113440525Release Date: 03.02.2014Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau Artists: Stephen Gutman
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Suite No. 5 in G major/minor (c. 1729) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0052/TOCC0052t14.mp3
Pieces de clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 5 in D major/minor (1741) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0052/TOCC0052t23.mp3
Scott Noriega :
“…After playing this disc over and over again this month, I’ll be sure to run—not walk!—to my nearest shop to obtain the first two releases which I’ve missed out on thus far. …Throughout this very fine recital Gutman proves himself a guide of the first order—not only does he understand this music both inside and out, he never allows the scholar in him to inhibit the performer; rather he uses the knowledge to bring out the best in this music. And while I may have my quibbles about matters of performance, there is hardly a movement in the entire recital that will not charm and delight the most judgmental of listeners.” Fanfare
Brian Wilson :
“…Once again Stephen Gutman makes me become keyboard-blind, with performances that are just as enjoyable as Steven Devine’s on the harpsichord. …This is not the sound that Rameau would have heard or expected to hear but pianism of this quality is so satisfying that I have no wish to play the period-instrument card. The recording is very good, too, and the booklet of notes informative.” MusicWeb International
Michael Church :
“… Gutman aims to prove that, far from being ill-suited to harpsichord works, the piano can illuminate them; as he points out, its capacity to vary the tone allows the player to bring out the contrasting voices in polyphony, and his judicious transcriptions repeatedly demonstrate this. His final volume contains the most magnificent series of variations ever written for harpsichord (in Suite No. 4), but much of the music is refreshingly unfamiliar, and often intensely vivid. Gutman’s responsive touch brings out the dance rhythms underlying many of the pieces, and his ornamentations suggest the harpsichord’s perfumed harmonics. When virtuosity is required – as with rapid hand-crossing across four and a half octaves – he delivers it effortlessly, and he does rustic charm in spades. His erudite liner-note commentaries offer exactly the sort of information other pianists will need, as they follow him into this fascinating musical territory.” BBC Music Magazine
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