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Born: France

The noted French harpsichordist, Blandine Verlet, studied with Ruggero Gerlin and Ralph Kirkpatrick.

Blandine Verlet began recording in the late 1970's for Philips, switching to the Astrée label in the 1990's. Her recordings range from J.S. Bach's keyboard works to Froberger to lesser known composers such as Louis Couperin and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Her second recording of the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), in 1992, has been called "one of the finest harpsichord versions in the catalog." With violinist Gerard Poulet she has recorded early violin sonatas by Mozart, using the older Baroque keyboard instruments rather than a fortepiano or modern piano.

Blandine Verlet has also worked with flutist Stephen Preston and viola da gambist Jordi Savall. Her playing is noted for her control and restraint in not letting emotion carry her away.

Source: All Music Guide Website (Author: Patsy Morita)
Contributed by Aryeh Oron (October 2006)

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