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Rameau: The Complete Works for Harpsichord

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Rameau: The Complete Works for Harpsichord
Rameau: The Complete Works for Harpsichord


This 2CD set features recordings of the complete works for harpsichord by the major 18th century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau's performed by the renowned early keyboard specialist Ketil Haugsand. It is being released to mark the 250th anniversary of Rameau's death.

Rameau published his Premier Livre de Pièces de clavecin in 1706. It is remarkable for its unerring sense of harmonic direction, and sophisticated rhythmic and textural designs. The Premier Livre consists essentially of a traditional suite of dance movements prefaced by an introductory prelude. Nearly twenty years elapsed before Rameau published his second book of harpsichord pieces. The Pièces de Clavecin of 1724 reflects a huge stylistic advance over the earlier collection as, since writing the first book, Rameau had composed several cantatas and had become increasingly interested in the theatre. His third book of harpsichord pieces, the Nouvelles suites de Pièces de clavecin, first appeared in 1729 or 1730, and he published his Pièces de Clavecin en concerts in 1741. The last of these was originally intended as a chamber work for harpsichord and two other instruments.

Ketil Haugsand studied with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory where he was awarded the coveted "Prix d"Excellence" in 1975. Later he was laureate at international harpsichord competitions in Paris and Bruges. Alongside his solo work, Ketil Haugsand is also conductor of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra and the Arte Real Ensemble. His recordings of works by, amongst others, Bach, Rameau, Marchand, and Forqueray, for Simax Classics, Virgin and Linn have won significant international acclaim.

Personnel: Ketil Haugsand (harpsichord)


  1. Name
  2. Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin, Prélude
  3. 1ère Allemande
  4. 2eme Allemande
  5. Courante
  6. Gigue
  7. 1ère Sarabande
  8. 2eme Sarabande
  9. Vénitienne
  10. Gavote
  11. Menuet
  12. Pièces de Clavecin avec une Méthode pour la Mécanique des Doigts, Allemande 12. Courante
  13. Gigue en rondeau
  14. 2eme Gigue en rondeau
  15. Le rappel des oiseaux
  16. Rigaudon 1
  17. Rigaudon 2
  18. Double du Rigaudon
  19. Musette en rondeau
  20. Tambourin
  21. La Villageoise
  22. Menuet en rondeau
  23. Les tendres plaintes
  24. Les Niais de Sologne
  25. 1er Double des Niais
  26. 2eme Double des Niais
  27. Les Soupirs
  28. La Joyeuse
  29. La Follette
  30. L'Entretien des Muses
  31. Les Tourbillons
  32. Les Cyclopes
  33. Le Lardon
  34. La Boiteuse
  35. Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin avec des remarques sur les différens genres de la Musique, Allemande
  36. Courante
  37. Sarabande
  38. Les 3 mains
  39. Fanfarinette
  40. La Triomphante
  41. Gavotte
  42. 1er double de la gavotte
  43. 2eme double
  44. 3eme double
  45. 4eme double
  46. 5eme double
  47. 6eme double
  48. Les Tricotets
  49. L'Indifferante
  50. Menuet 1
  51. Menuet 2
  52. La Poule
  53. Les Triolets
  54. Les Sauvages
  55. L'Henharmonique
  56. L'Egiptienne
  57. Pièces de clavecin en concert (version pour clavecin seul), La Livri
  58. L'Agaçante
  59. La Timide
  60. L'Indiscrette
  61. La Dauphine
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