Composers : Johann-Sebastian Bach, François Couperin Artist : Jean-Luc Ho, harpsichord Program (62 min) : Bach, Ouverture nach Französischer Art BWV 831 (Clavier-Übung II); Couperin Huitième Ordre (Second Livre de pièces de clavecin)
Ouverture nach Französischer Art BWV 831 – Courante
Huitième Ordre – Rondeau
"Jean-Luc Ho knows how to reveal the emotion underlying an apparently quiet surface. His mastery of detail, at times with an unexpected indolent grace, is dazzling in the great Passacaille and "légèrement et marqué", just as requested by the composer, in L'Ausoniéne."Philippe Ramin, Diapason
"France can boast the most dynamic and talented new generation of young harpsichordists. Jean-Luc Ho, who has just released his first solo recording, is a perfect example. He plays Couperin with a virile touch, ideally suited to the music, and juxtaposes Bach's Overture in the French Style, which benefits every bit as much from the fine playing and delicate intelligence of the performer." Renaud Machart, Le Monde
"there is much to admire in his Couperin with some sensitive playing in the Sarabande, Gavotte and in the final La Morinete." Noel O'Regan - Early Music Review
"Bach was very familiar with the works of Couperin; he held them in high esteem, along with harpsichord pieces by several French composers of the time. To him they were an example of an elegant and florid performance style." Johann Nikolaus Forkel, 1802
In this recording, Jean-Luc Ho pairs Bach's French Overture (Ouverture nach Französischer Art) with the Huitième Ordre, one of Couperin's most celebrated works. Both are played with the French art de toucher le clavecin (the art of playing the harpsichord), as expounded by Couperin and adopted by Bach, bringing to light the connection between these two masterpieces of the harpsichord repertoire.
Jean-Luc Ho is playing an harpsichord by Emile Jobin after Goujon (1749), original visible in Musée de la Musique, Paris.