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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2013

Here is an absolutely ravishing disc of music for viola da gamba and harpsichord by…one of the…greatest composers of the French Baroque, François Couperin…

…gambist Mikko Perkola performs the two suites on a 1998 Guy Harrison copy of a 1691 viola da gamba by Paris maker Michel Colichon. The six-stringed instrument…is gorgeously vibrant and full-throated, yet at the same time, as played by Perkola, sweet of voice and translucent of tone. I could listen to this disc for hours on end. It’s absolutely and enthusiastically recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



Benjamin Katz
American Record Guide, May 2013

Gambist Perkola plays movingly. Perkola and harpsichordist Hakkinen have a special rapport. Hakkinen’s ears cleave closely to every gesture of the viol. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Julie Anne Sadie
Gramophone, April 2013

Mikko Perkola…and the harpsichordist Aapo Häkkinen offer a beautifully paced alternative, resonant and reflective. They create a wonderful sense of intimacy in the Sarabande of the First Suite, Perkola artfully closing it with a gently strummed chord; the ‘Pompe funèbre’ in the A major Second Suite is beautifully thought through. Häkkinen contributes a delightfully expressive performance of Couperin’s 27th Ordre to round off the CD. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Mark Kravchenko
Classical Music Sentinel, March 2013

Music for the reflective times, well worked out in it’s performance and delivery. That is what this disc contains.

Mikko Perkola and Aapo Häkkinen are well seasoned musicians that understand the works, and add colour and light to the subtle nuances François Couperin has written for us. Perfect music for quiet reflection. © 2013 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2013

Following in a long line of French musicians, François Couperin was generally regarded in his homeland as the leading musical figure of his day. He was preeminent in the field of harpsichord music, the instrument featuring in much of his output. On this present disc it acts as accompanist in the two suites, though the composer did offer the alternative of using a bass viol in that role. The First Suite is largely a work created from a series of dances calling for sprightly dexterity from the gamba player. The Second Suite is very different, as almost half of its length is taken by visions of a funeral procession, giving way, rather incongruously, to a spirited finale that is little other than a showpiece for the string instrument. They both contain passages that are quite difficult to play…Couperin’s pieces for harpsichord were eventually published in twenty-seven ‘ordres’ or ‘suites’ as we would regard them today. The present disc concludes with the final one issued in a book of four, and is here played by Aapo Häkkinen using a very fine instrument made by my favourite harpsichord craftsman of our time, Keith Hill. He is a reliable guide to the music, his immaculate playing having a rather sober quality that eventually garners a few rays of sunshine in the vivacity of the final Saillie. The recorded sound is well balanced. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






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