P0078. BLANDINE VERLET: Les piéces de clavessin (Louis Couperin). (France) 5-Astrée Naïve E8819, Slipcase Edition. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 3298490088197
“Blandine Verlet, a noted French harpsichordist, studied with Ruggiero Gerlin and Ralph Kirkpatrick. She began recording in the late 1970s for Philips, switching to the Astree label in the 1990s. Her recordings range from J.S. Bach's keyboard works to Froberger to lesser known composers such as Louis Couperin and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Her second recording of the Goldberg Variations, in 1992, has been called ‘one of the finest harpsichord versions in the catalog’. With violinist Gerard Poulet she has recorded early violin sonatas by Mozart, using the older Baroque keyboard instruments rather than a fortepiano or modern piano. Verlet has also worked with flutist Stephen Preston and viola da gambist Jordi Savall. Her playing is noted for her control and restraint in not letting emotion carry her away.”
- Patsy Morita, allmusic.com
“Blandine Verlet is a harpsichordist and a harpsichord teacher. Born into a musical family, and in 1957 gained admission to the Paris Conservatoire, studying piano and harpsichord. Having decided on her specialty, she studied harpsichord with Huguette Dreyfus in Paris, Ruggero Gerlin in Siena and Ralph Kirckpatrick in the US. A significant competition prize in Paris in 1963 led to engagements in Italy and West Germany.
Verlet has been widely praised for her recordings of Bach, including the 'Goldberg Variations', but it is perhaps in the music of her compatriot François Couperin ‘le Grand’ that she displays exceptional sensitivity and imagination. Verlet recorded Couperin's complete works in the 1970s and 80s, and in late 2011 she returned to re-record five 'ordres' on the period Henri Hemsch harpsichord. Verlet wrote a poem in celebration of Couperin which accompanied the release, the closing lines of which exemplify her great imaginative empathy with this key French composer.”