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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Keyboard Works



This disc features pieces from three of the four suites Rameau wrote for the harpsichord. I have selected these to illustrate Rameau’s extraordinary talent in descriptive, innovative and often virtuosic writing, and to show how the piano can enhance the works through singing tone and tonal nuance. Virginia Black

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Keyboard Works


"..This is early programme music, presenting a broad range of musical vignettes in thoroughly delightful and inexhaustibly inventive fashion. Of Virginia Black’s dexterity and mastery of her instrument, there is no question and she clearly loves and responds empathetically to the music." Ralph Moore MusicWeb

The history of the CRD label, which has already celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, is long and full of recordings that have marked the English musical scene. The objectives are very clear: they work to offer high-quality recordings with music by well-known composers, as well as new versions of well-known works. CRD Records presents a new recording of pianist and harpsichordist Virginia Black, of whom have edited other recordings, of which we want to highlight the rich spectrum of the eighteenth century harpsichord. It is a new interpretation of eighteen pieces of the "Harlequin Pieces" by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the renowned master of Dijon, who composed more than sixty pieces for harpsichords. Virginia Black, after many years working as a harpsichord player, now returns to the piano and, in this compact, offers a unique piano version of Rameau's harpsichord pieces, a selection of which were published yearly 1724 and another selection of those published in 1728.

The nuances are infinitely subtle and, of course, reveal the differences between a harpsichord and a piano. Virginia Black generously generates, in the piano, all its sensitivity, evidencing the flexible and nuanced loudness of the pianistic timbre.
In these pieces of innovative and virtuosic writing, the English pianist combines, with undeniable technical brilliance, an eloquent articulation and remarkable rhythmic flexibility. Virginia Black achieves that the basic elements of his version, singular and distinguished, be a tribute to the music of French Baroque. This album is a new success of the English label CRD. Sonograma Magazine