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Couperin: L'Angelique, played by Mark Howard, pianist

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Uploaded on Dec 29, 2011

Couperin expresses the intimate relationship between the harpsichord and the lute in this tender and mysterious piece. The angelique was another name for the archlute, or theorbo, often played by women as well as men, and the harpsichord can articulate lute figuration with a remarkable ease and sensitivity in which Couperin takes great pleasure. What of the piano? Merely a shadow of what the composer intended, but why not? The piano can speak, and even sing, in an antique voice under the hands of one who wishes.

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