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Undoubtedly shaped by his extensive travelling, Froberger’s highly individually musical style links the distinctive traditions of his teacher Frescobaldi and his French contemporaries Chambonnières and Louis Couperin. His imaginative harmonic language and rhythmic inventiveness produces constant surprises, as this disc demonstrates. Some of his most memorable and moving programmatic pieces, such as the Tombeau for Monsieur Blancheroche and the Lament on the death of Ferdinand IV, form the backbone of Romanian harpsichordist Alina Rotaru`s impressive recording that includes five suites, three toccatas and a ricercar. Playing the rich, velvety Neuchâtel Ruckers, originally a single manual of 1632, but enlarged by Blanchet in 1745, there is rhythmic drive and energy in the gigues and courantes, and expressive poise in the reflective movements. A student of Siegbert Rampe and Bob van Asperen, Rotaru gives strong, musically mature performances in this very enjoyable recording.

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