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Alessandrini has concocted three suites, in A minor, F major and D minor, to present some of Couperin’s most memorable pieces, among them three unmeasured preludes that demonstrate both toccata and tombeau genres, including the three-movement Prélude à l’imitation de Mr Froberger. The suites contain the standard dances: allemandes, courantes, sarabands, minuets, gavottes and gigues, all played with conviction and a real characterisation. The recording is clean and resonant, and the harpsichord sounds appropriate for this mid-17th-century music; but, alas, no details of the instrument are given, whereas unnecessary details of microphones and preamplifier are printed – strange priorities.

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