Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place

Paul Cienniwa

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A thin place is the threshold between the ordinary and the spiritual. While usually considered a physical location, music, for me, can also be a thin place. In this spirit, it is my greatest desire to bring my audience to a thin place through the beautiful stately elegance of the harpsichord’s most introspective repertoire.

This recording contains some of my most favorite slow, meditative harpsichord pieces. I was careful to select contemplative works over melancholy ones, favoring major keys over minor keys and avoiding lamentations and tombeaux. In choosing a venue for the recording, I had two criteria: The space had to be good acoustically, and it had to be a thin place where I could feel a sense of prayer and peace.

From the selection of repertoire to its preparation to the recording venue itself, I have sought to make this recording within a prayerful, meditative context. It is my hope that this CD will touch you and move you to crave other meditative experiences while also encouraging you to seek out harpsichord recitals and recordings.

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  1. 1 Premier Prélude (F. Couperin) 01:38
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  2. 2 Passacaille, C Major (L. Couperin) 06:45
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  3. 3 La Sylva (Forqueray) 06:09
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  4. 4 Quatriéme Prélude (F. Couperin) 02:06
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  5. 5 Andante, BWV 964 (Bach) 04:18
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  6. 6 Cinquième Prélude (F. Couperin) 03:11
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  7. 7 Allemande (1726) (Rameau) 07:20
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  8. 8 Sarabande, Op. 97 (Bell) 02:48
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  9. 9 O lux beata trinitas (Sweelinck) 04:05
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  10. 10 Ave verum corpus (Byrd) 03:29
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  11. 11 Chaconne ou Passacaille, g minor (L. Couperin) 03:49
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  12. 12 Fantasia 10, BWV 797 (Bach) 02:32
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  13. 13 La Du Vaucel (Forqueray) 05:19
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  14. 14 Second Prélude (F. Couperin) 01:55
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  15. 15 Allemande, D Major (1656) (Froberger) 04:12
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  16. 16 Les Soupirs (Rameau) 06:57
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