Couperin - Pièces à deux Violes



On two historical violas da gamba and in the best baroque tradition, Myrna Herzog and Giomar Sthel perform François Couperin's extraordinary music from his harpsichord works - the Pièces de Clavecin - as concerts for 2 viols, unraveling a new magical world.

François Couperin, the Great ( 1668-1733) was one of the most important French composers of all times, enjoying during his life the prestige of a national figure. Following 18th century French tradition, Myrna Herzog and Giomar Sthel chose from his wonderful harpsichord works, pieces idiomatic for 2 viols, making the necessary adaptations, as Couperin himself prescribed in the preface to the third book of Pièces de Clavecin (1722).

Those pieces encompass several musical genres: preludes, French overtures (La Ténebreuse), dance movements typical of suites and character pieces with evocative titles (Le Tic-Toc-Choc, Les Sylvains, Les Satires), descriptive (The Carrillon, L'Anguille), enigmatic (Les Barricades Mistérieuses), musical portraits (La Couperin, La Mézangère).

Herzog and Sthel perform on two historical viols, an anonymous German c.1730 and the other by Andrea Castagnery 1744.

The two Brazilian-born viol players dedicate this recording to Brazilian harpsichordist Roberto de Regina, a pioneer in the understanding and interpretation of Couperin ‘s subtle music.

“J'avoüeray de bonne foy, que j'ayme beaucoup mieux ce qui me touche, que ce qui me surprend (I will admit to good faith that I like what moves me much better than what surprises me.)" François Couperin, preface to the First Book of Harpsichord Pieces, 1713.

Listen to Couperin's Pièces a deux violes on Spotify, Deezer . YouTube and on every streaming platform.

Tracks & data

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 01 Allemande: La Ténébreuse (The dark one) (3e ordre, 1713)
02 L’Arlequine (Harlequin's piece) (23e ordre, 1730)
03 La Pantomime (Pantomime) (26e ordre, 1730)
04 Le Dodo ou L’amour au Berceau (Lullaby, or love of the cradle) (15e ordre, 1722)

05 La Couperin (François Couperin's self-portrait) (21e ordre, 1730)
06 La Lutine (The elf's piece) (3e ordre, 1713)
07 Le Carillon de Cythère (The carillon of Cythera) (14e ordre, 1722)
08 Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou les Maillotins (double-headed wooden hammers) (18e ordre, 1722)
09 Les Satires, Chèvre-pieds (The satyrs, with goat-feet) (23e ordre, 1730)
10 Les Baricades Mistérieuses (The mysterious barricades) (6e ordre 1717)

11 Les Regrets (Regrets) (3e ordre, 1713)
12 Les Sylvains (The forest deities) (1e ordre 1713)
13 L'Anguille (The eel) (22e ordre, 1730)
14 La Bouffone (The comedienne) (20e ordre, 1730)

15 La Mézangère (René Mézangeau's piece) (10e ordre, 1717)
16 La Ménetou (Mlle de Ménetou's piece) (7e ordre, 1717)
17 La Chazé (Madame de Chazé's piece) (7e ordre 1717)


Recorded  (24 bit digital) by Eliahu Feldman at the Scottish Church, Jerusalem on 2 & 9 September 2005, 11 & 12 August 2006.
Edited by Myrna Herzog, mastered by David Feldman.
Cover design: Giomar Sthel

Photo of Giomar Sthel and Myrna Herzog by Eliahu Feldman