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François Couperin: Les Ombres Errantes, M. Meyerson (2005)
Richard Jones, Sets of Lessons for the Harpsichord, M. Meyerson (2010)
What made this concert stand out above the one by Haas the previous evening was the much greater degree of surety and polish in the execution, but also the clarity of thought behind the interpretation, revealed also in Meyerson's droll and informative comments about the music. The unmeasured prelude that opened the D minor suite by Louis Couperin (1626-1661) had exactly the improvisatory feel that Meyerson said she wanted to capture, and in all of the dances, she used a careful regulation of articulation to draw out voicings, with brilliant trills and a perky rhythmic vitality to the Courantes and the Gavotte. In the Sarabande, an unusual piece, she took some delicious rhythmic liberties, to couch the harmonies carefully, and although she had not done much with registration changes for most of the piece, she used the Stehlin's different sounds to give the Chaconne some shape.
Pride of place went to François Couperin (1668-1733), known as "le Grand" for his primacy of fame in the family. Here the fleetness of Meyerson's fingers was most pronounced, in the extravagant ornamentation added to the repeats of the various movements, some of them in the written-out right-hand embellishments that Couperin included in the score. The two sarabandes had a nice contrast, affectionate but not overly sentimental in "Les Sentiments" and a full-registered gravity in "La Majestueuse." The use of the instrument's registration possibilities increased here and in the closing selections by Armand-Louis Couperin (1727-1789), with some very interesting sounds created. After the concert, Meyerson explained one of the unusual registrations she had used, which was to
Two more concerts by members of the Westfield Competition jury are scheduled for this weekend, featuring Charlotte Mattax Moersch (August 11) and Davitt Moroney (August 12). Both will be held at the National Museum of American History, starting at 7:30 pm.