Claude-Benigne Balbastre – Pieces de clavecin – Korneel Bernolet (2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Claude-Benigne Balbastre – Pieces de clavecin – Korneel Bernolet (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:14:16 minutes | 2,94 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Aluid Records
Recorded: November 19, 20 & 21 2012, Academiezaal Sint-Truiden, Belgium

Claude-Bénigne Balbastre enjoyed a very distinguished reputation as a harpsichordist, fortepianist and organist in eighteenth-century France. Born in Dijon in 1724, in his early years he most likely took music lessons from his good friend Claude Rameau, brother of the more famous Jean-Philippe, with whom Balbastre was later to study composition.

Balbastre’s royal and aristocratic connections were to prove an embarrassment during the French Revolution. He managed to save both his own skin and the organ of Notre-Dame by playing militant atheist songs and folk music in the renamed Temple de la Raison, including his own arrangement of the Marseillaise. This was however in the end not enough to prevent him losing his position and his pension. He died in penury in 1799.
Balbastre’s Pièces de Clavecin from 1759 are influenced on the one hand by his royal and aristocratic patrons, and on the other by his contacts among the bourgeoisie, finding a stylistic balance between the two social classes. All the movements are character pieces dedicated either to members of the nobility, or to artists or other highly-placed individuals from the Parisian upper middle classes. The elevated style of French noblesse and grandeur are mirrored in the opening numbers.

Claude-Bénigne Balbastre (1724-1799)
Pièces de clavecin
Premier Livre, 1759
1. La De Caze. Ouverture. 4:59
2. La D’héricourt. 5:53
3. La Ségur. Gavotte. 3:56
4. La Monmartel ou la Brunoys. 3:05
5. La Boullongne. 6:42
6. La Castelmore. Air Champêtre. 4:18
7. La Courteille. Air. 3:05
8. La Bellaud. 3:57
9. La Lamarck. Ouverture. 4:39
10. La Berville. Gavotte. 5:20
11. La Lugeac. Giga. 3:21
12. La Suzanne. 3:40
13. La Genty. Badine. 2:17
14. La Malesherbe. Ariette Gracieuse — Air Gay. 6:05
15. La Berryer ou la Lamoignon. Rondeau. 3:35
16. La Laporte. 3:24
17. La Morisseau. 6:11

Korneel Bernolet, harpsichord


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