Rameau and the harpsichord

Michel Kiener performs almost Rameau’s entire solo harpsichord output (1706-1728)

Composer: Rameau
Repertoire: Complete harpsichord works
Artists: Michael Kiener (harpsichord)
Rating: 4/5
Genre:  Instrumental
Label: HMI 987039.40

The dotted rhythms of the delightfully catchy Les Sauvages (familiar from Les Indes Galantes) are the epitome of French Baroque, while the pecking motif in La Poule has a prickly sting under Kiener’s expressive fingers. The instrument’s golden tinkling makes a delicate lattice in the air and the bass has depth. Perhaps Kiener could have used the lute stop more, but it’s a small complaint.