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L'Archet d'Or

Coup d'Archet proudly presents L'Archet d'Or, the imprint for the true connoisseur.

L'Archet d'Or issues are limited to 250 numbered copies, on LP only, presented in hand made jackets, silk-screen printed with original designs and including informative notes and photographs (where possible).

These recordings are licensed exclusively to Coup d'Archet and have never before been issued. All are copyright approved by MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ltd.) - these are NOT pirate recordings. We continue our practice of 100% analogue mastering on lacquer, and manufacturing to the highest standards available.

 

L'Archet d'Or Series I - 2002

L'Archet d'Or issues are limited to 250 numbered copies, on LP only, presented in hand made jackets, silk-screen printed with original designs and including informative notes and photographs (where possible). These recordings are licensed exclusively to Coup d'Archet and have never before been issued.

LPs now sold out

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OR I - Jeanne Gautier/Yvonne Lefébure - Jeanne Gautier/Aimee Van De Wiele

OR I - Jeanne Gautier/Yvonne Lefébure - Jeanne Gautier/Aimee Van De Wiele

OR II - Jeanne Gautier/André Levy

OR II - Jeanne Gautier/André Levy

Ravel Duo for Violin and 'Cello (27.5.61)

OR III - Jacqueline Eymar

OR III - Jacqueline Eymar

Mozart K332/Chopin Funeral Sonata (10.02.62).

OR IV - Camilla Wicks

OR IV - Camilla Wicks

Encore Pieces (12.2.51)

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L'Archet d'Or Series II - 2003

All these magnificent performances, from these greatest of French performers are complimented by the outstanding quality of the recordings. We are all fortunate that these tapes have survived the years, for indeed a great many do not.

The 2003 series is now available.

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OR V - Marcelle Meyer

OR V - Marcelle Meyer

Mozart, Piano Sonatas K498a, K332/Fantasy K396/Adagio K 540 (1953/56)

OR VI - Jeanne Gautier/Nadine Desouches - Jeanne Gautier/Lelia Gousseau

OR VI - Jeanne Gautier/Nadine Desouches - Jeanne Gautier/Lelia Gousseau

Stravinsky (four pieces)/Ravel/Martinu (1.1.56) Roussel, Sonata No.2 (13.4.57)

OR VII - Maurice Maréchal/Cecile Ousset

OR VII - Maurice Maréchal/Cecile Ousset

Beethoven, op 5.2, Brahms, op 38, Cello Sonatas (1.1.58/13.10.59)

OR VIII - Agnelle Bundervoët

OR VIII - Agnelle Bundervoët

Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit/ Debussy, Images Book 1(1959)

ORSP01 - Special Pressings 12" 45s

ORSP01 - Special Pressings 12" 45s

Maurice Maréchal, Odette Pigault (piano)

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OR IX - Agnelle Bundervoët

OR IX - Agnelle Bundervoët

Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin (Six pieces pour piano) / Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (1964/68)

OR X - Germaine Thyssens-Valentin & Loewenguth Qtt

OR X - Germaine Thyssens-Valentin & Loewenguth Qtt

Fauré, Piano Quintet No 2 op 115 in C Minor for Piano and Strings / Fantasy for Flute and Piano (with Michel Debost, flute)(1961)

OR XI - André Levy

OR XI - André Levy

J.S. Bach - Suites for Unaccompanied Violoncello. Suite No 2 in D minor BWV 1008 / Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 (1962/1961)

OR XII - Le Trio de France (Jeanne Gautier, Geneviève Joy, André Levy)

OR XII - Le Trio de France (Jeanne Gautier, Geneviève Joy, André Levy)

Joachin Turiña, Piano Trio No 1, op 35 / Ravel, Trio pour Piano, Violon et Violoncelle (1960/1958)

ORSP02 - Special Pressings 12" 45s

ORSP02 - Special Pressings 12" 45s

ORSP 02 - Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, Pierre Mollet (baritone)

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Artist biographies and the future

I have had a couple of queries regarding the lack of notes on the artists. The problem is that there is almost no existing information on these artists. After my research on Johanna Martzy yielded such an abundance of material, I have found it incredible that these great artists should leave so little evidence of their lives. We know that their records are rare and can command breathtaking prices, but what of the people behind these impossible artefacts? After the Second War, the French critical establishment tended to consider French artists to be lesser than those of say, Germany or Russia. For a country well known for its national and cultural chauvinism this is somewhat shocking. It would seem that unless they had the established profile of Thibaud or Cortot, they received little or no attention or promotion. Those lucky few who were acknowledged were generally appreciated more as teachers than performers.

Series Two includes a substantial biographical piece on Maurice Maréchal and will feature several photographs. There are similar pieces on Agnelle Bundervoët and Marcelle Meyer. Camilla Wicks is kindly helping me prepare a revealing biographical piece, which will be presented as a four page insert to accompany ORIV. As for Jacqueline Eymar, further recordings will be appearing in a future series so I can only hope we discover more than the one news-clipping found to date.

It was planned that photographs of Jeanne Gautier would feature, along with her tantalisingly minimal biographical information, with the discs featuring Lelia Gousseau in Series Two. However given the promise of new information coming to light we have postponed any printed material for the time being.

AO is an ongoing work in progress. Information, like the recordings themselves, will be made available as it is revealed. It is very much like archaeology. I hope that you will enjoy this process of discovery as much as I.

Jacket Design

Anyone who has any interest in the jacket art design should know that it was achieved without recourse to any digital technology. All the drawing was done by hand, the film was produced photographically, each colour screen printed by hand and the jackets constructed by hand.

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