LOUIS DUREY (1888-1979): 10 Inventions, Op. 41, BOHUSLAV MARTINU (1890-1959): 2 Impromptusm 2 Pièces, Sonata, FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963): Suite française, JEAN FRANÇAIX (1912-1997): 2 Pièces.
Catalogue Number: 10R054
Description: Most of these pieces were inspired by Wanda Landowska or by her battleship of a harpsichord (like the 1930s Pleyel instrument used in this recording) except the longest work - Durey’s Inventions, nine of which were originally for two clarinets or two violins and which are reminiscent of Bach’s Two-Part Inventions. This and Poulenc’s Suite are listed as first recordings but it’s unclear who put them in a harpsichord version since Durey’s own note quoted in the booklet refers to the piano and the Poulenc was originally for harpsichord, winds and percussion. Christopher D. Lewis (harpsichord).