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Pieces De Viole & Concerts 3 & 33

Mieneke Van Der Velden


SKU: 18302

Year of release: 2002

Premiere Suite 22:53
1. Prelude Couperin 03:35
2. Allemande Legere Couperin 02:38
3. Courante Couperin 02:07
4. Sarabande grave Couperin 02:55
5. Gavotte Couperin 02:48
6. Gigue Couperin 02:33
7. Passacaille ou Chaconne Couperin 06:15
Onzieme Concert 16:28
8. Majestuesement Couperin 01:57
9. Seconde Allemande Couperin 02:41
10. Deuxieme Courante Couperin 02:22
11. Sarabande tres grave Couperin 03:59
12. Rondeau Couperin 02:30
13. Gigue Lourée Couperin 02:56
Troisiéme Concert 17:20
14. Prelude Couperin 02:16
15. Allemande Couperin 02:13
16. Courante Couperin 02:04
17. Sarabande grave Couperin 03:39
18. Muzette Couperin 02:52
19. Chaconne Légere Couperin 04:14
Deuxiéme Suite 13:47
20. Prelude Couperin 02:48
21. Fuguette Couperin 02:35
22. Pompe Funebre Couperin 04:36
23. La Chemise Blanche Couperin 03:46
Total time: 70:30

About this album

Gamba players have a healthy respect for Franois Couperin’s ‘Pices de Viole’; they are not pieces to be casually included in one’s repertoire. Couperin himself was not a gamba player, and he wrote these impressive suites without realizing the technical consequences of his writing; sometimes it takes the performer a long time to find an adequate fingering or bowing. Besides, it is impossible to make a selection of the ‘Pices de Viole’ for a program (as one could, for example, with the compositions of Marin Marais, which fill five books), because only two suites for gamba and continuo by Couperin have survived. Either you play the complete suites, or you don’t play them at all. Nevertheless, we have decided to perform these pieces; the hard work which they demand is amply rewarded by the greatness and sheer richness of the music.

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Klassieke Zaken

prachtige muziek voor de gamba ... de musici zijn gelijkwaardige partners, de klavecimbel vult op creative wijze de ruimten tussen de noten van de gamba op.


This recording is maybe the only possibility to hear pardessus the viole, the smallest instrument of the viola da gamba family, smaller than the violin as we know it today the unique color of the instrument sounds directly and with details to the listener

Classics Today

Couperin enthousiasts will equally delight in van der Velden and Wilsons exemplary performances. Highly recommended.


Its a bracing and exciting view of French baroque


rustig ademende muzikale lijnen ...verrassende sonoreiteiten waarin de veelzijdigheid van de gambaklank maximaal tot uiting komt.


Mieneke van der Velden turns in happily inspired performances of these works, with Glenn Wilson providing thoroughly idiomatic playing.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands November 2001
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series