View Poll Results: Who is your favorite in Harpsichord compositions

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  • Couperin

    13 36.11%
  • Rameau

    12 33.33%
  • Scarlatti

    21 58.33%
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Thread: Couperin Vs. Rameau Vs. Scarlatti Harpsichord

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    Default Couperin Vs. Rameau Vs. Scarlatti Harpsichord

    Who do you like best of these three for Harpsichord compositions?

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    You can vote for more than one, I figured it would make an interesting spin to see it this way.

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    oops, needs to be moved

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    I'm going with Scarlatti. The baroque of France can get a little frilly and is often played haltingly to my ears. I don't know if it's supposed to be some kind of expressive rubato, but I don't care for it as much as the steadier rhythms of the rest of Europe. Maybe all those trills are just hard to play, so performers play with expressive pauses to cover for it.

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    There was more than one Couperin; I like Louis' stuff. And Scarlatti's; and Soler's.
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    This should not be a contest. Domenico all the way.

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    I like all three it seems equally but then it comes down to who I turn off sooner than the others. Couperin may last longest.

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    I voted all three of them. They were all brilliant masters.

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    The pole is really flawed because there were at least three Couperins and at least two Scarlatties. If I had to choose it would be either Louis Couperin or Alessandro Scarlatti. The latter's music recently really revealed itself to me through the recordings by Francesco Tasini.

    Rameau's an enigma and I have a love/hate relationship. Anyone enjoy the romantic Rameau by Bertrand Cuiller? Or the un-romantic Rameau by Sccott Ross?
    Last edited by Mandryka; Feb-21-2016 at 13:46.

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    I really like Louis and Francois Couperin, Rameau and D Scarlatti. I voted Scarlatti, but on a different day I might choose differently.

    Rameau by Scott Ross (I like)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LTUc2XxF3c

    This Rameau is also nice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX0p2JKO_nU

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I really like Louis and Francois Couperin, Rameau and D Scarlatti. I voted Scarlatti, but on a different day I might choose differently.

    Rameau by Scott Ross (I like)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LTUc2XxF3c


    This Rameau is also nice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX0p2JKO_nU
    Scott Ross's Rameau was his first recording, and probably the one I appreciate the most, not least because of the sound of his harpsichord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    This should not be a contest. Domenico all the way.
    I second this

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    Among these my ranking would be:

    1.Louis Couperin
    2.Domenico Scarlatti
    3.Alessandro Scarlatti
    4.Rameau
    5.Francois Couperin
    Last edited by premont; Feb-21-2016 at 16:00.

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    Domenico Scarlatti, all day long. This is absolutely not to disparage those other composers, who are very fine in their own right, but (bearing in mind that the poll covers specifically harpsichord compositions) for me the sheer volume and consistency of Scarlatti's output has to take the palm.

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    Another all of the above.
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