With this third volume Angela Hewitt concludes her personal survey of Couperin’s keyboard music and proves that, in the hands of someone as steeped in Baroque keyboard style as herself, music which was previously thought the exclusive domain of the harpsichordist can be successfully transferred to the modern piano.
Unlike her programming on the previous discs, Hewitt here only plays one complete Ordre – the hugely entertaining 13th with its wicked parody of a debauched masked ball. For the rest, after tackling a group of pieces from the 14th Ordre she chooses, almost as encores to her series, a wide selection of her favourite pieces taken from suites not featured previously.
Recorded in Henry Wood Hall, London, on 8–12 September 2004
"It is simply impossible to do anything but listen when spinning Angela Hewitt's third, and final, album dedicated to the harpsichord works of François Couperin. This greatest of French baroque keyboard composers (1668-1733) and final "organiste du roi" for Louis XIV has met his match in this extraordinary Canadian pianist....The conviction of this September, 2004 recording should overturn any doubts period-performance sticklers may have about Hewitt using a modern piano instead of the harpsichord." (Toronto Star)