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Rameau: Pièces de clavecin, Vol. 2

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Rameau: Pièces de clavecin, Vol. 2 (2004)

by Sophie Yates (harpsichord)

About this title: When was the last time you saw the Marquis de Sade mentioned in the liner notes to an album of Baroque harpsichord music? Sophie Yates does just that in her notes to her Rameau Pièces de clavecin: Vol. 2 album, and better still, she makes you buy the comparison. She quotes Rameau himself, buttering up his audiences for one of the wilder moves in the famed "L'enharmonique," from the Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin of 1728: "The harmony that creates this effect has by no means been thrown in haphazardly; it is based on logic and has the sanction of nature herself; it is the ingredient most savored by the connoisseur...," Rameau wrote. "Shades of Rameau's near-contemporary, the Marquis de Sade," notes Yates! (It's commendable that she handles the note-writing herself, by the way.) Included on this sequel to Yates' other fine albums of Rameau's keyboard music are the two Nouvelles suites, the festive La dauphine of 1747, and solo keyboard versions (something explicitly okayed by Rameau himself) of...

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