Ce disque raconte l’histoire d’une rencontre : celle de Violaine Cochard et d’un merveilleux clavecin J. D. Dulcken. Construit vers 1740, cet extraordinaire instrument n’avait encore jamais été enregistré !

A l’image d’un concert, mélangeant pièces célèbres et confidentielles, ce programme offre un contraste dans les formes, les affects et les atmosphères. Les riches couleurs sonores de ce clavecin sont mises en valeur au travers de pièces alliant brillance et raffinement, puissance et intériorité.

L’unité du disque se trouve dans l’accord parfait entre les œuvres du compositeur de génie qu’est Johann Sebastian Bach et cet instrument exceptionnel.

Le livret permet également de découvrir la beauté « visuelle » de cet instrument et de ses riches décorations. Il permet également de découvrir le travail de restauration fait par Laurent Soumagnac grâce à son texte expliquant les différentes techniques employées ainsi que de nombreuses photos.

"This recording is the result of "love at first sight" – mine for this wonderful Dulcken harpsichord! I have been fortunate in having had opportunity to play the instrument on several occasions, each time with the same emotion. Following my fancy, I played pieces that particularly appeal to me emotionally, most of them written by that great man of genius, Johann Sebastian Bach, since the qualities of this extraordinary instrument are so perfectly attuned to his music, combining brilliance and refinement, power and interiority. I have tried to create a programme that is both diverse and coherent, including various writing processes and genres of which Bach particularly found, such as traditional counterpoint, the fantasia and dances. The dances I have chosen have been isolated from their suites so that we may hear them differently and see them in a new light, in a different context, thus also highlighting their specificities. In the same spirit, I have also removed other pieces from their usual contexts. In the end the programme offers a contrast in forms, effects and atmospheres, like a concert; but there is unity in the perfect entente between the music and this exceptional instrument by Dulcken." Violaine Cochard