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Music review: Christophe Rousset on the harpsichord
by Charles T. Downey / The Washington Post / April 12, 2013
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord
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Éloge de l’ombre (In Praise of Shadows)
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières (circa 1601 - ca 1672)
Pavane in D minor
Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 - 1667)
Suite XIX in C minor
Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Blancheroche
Louis Couperin (circa 1626 - 1661)
Suite in F major
Tombeau de Monsieur de Blancrocher
Jean-Henry d'Anglebert (1628 - 1691)
Suite in D
Tombeau de Monsieur de Chambonnières
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A renowned harpsichordist, conductor and expert of all things baroque, Christophe Rousset has gained the intriguing reputation of a musical archaeologist who proclaims that "there is no greater feeling than to revive works that have never been heard for centuries."
Following graduation from Schola Cantorum in Paris and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Mr. Rousset captured his début accolade: the prestigious First Prize in the International Harpsichord Competition of Bruges (1983). He soon appeared at some of the most notable early music festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Saintes, Veaune, Utrecht, La Roque d'Anthéron and Les Printemps des Arts de Nantes.
Christophe Rousset recorded for the Decca label (and its early music imprint L'Oiseau-Lyre), winning a 1992 Gramophone Award with his disc of Rameau’s "Pièces de Clavecin". Not content with reviving French baroque music on his own, Mr. Rousset in 1991 founded Les Talens Lyriques, an ensemble which vaulted to worldwide acclaim after its recording of the Faranelli movie soundtrack sold well over 600,000 copies. Mr. Rousset regularly collaborates with some of the world’s finest baroque ensembles, including Petite Bande, Musica Antiqua de Cologne, The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Seminario Musicale and Les Arts Florisants.
- Les Talens Lyriques
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