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Christophe Rousset – Louis Couperin: Nouvelles Suites de clavecin (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Christophe Rousset – Louis Couperin: Nouvelles Suites de clavecin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 50:28 minutes | 2,95 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

With these recordings – which mark the launch of the Stradivari collection – discover the unique instruments lovingly preserved at the Philharmonie de Paris’s Museum of Music: the finest examples of the art of instrument-making which, like the iconic harpsichord crafted in 1652 by Ioannes Couchet, are given a new life thanks to the skill and commitment of its keen conservators.

When this ‘national treasure’ is entrusted into the hands of an expert like Christophe Rousset, the magic is evident. As the sumptuous sonority of Louis Couperin’s music is revealed, poetry meets fantasy.

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Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Couperin: Les Nations (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Couperin: Les Nations (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:48:39 minutes | 1,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

The four Nations by François Couperin (also known as “Couperin the Great”) consist of France, Spain, the Empire and Piedmont (Italy, therefore), though it would be rather futile to look for any truly national characteristics in each of the movements of these four suites. And all the more so due to the fact that many of the pieces had already been composed well before the collection’s publication in 1726, and they were simply renamed… Yes, throughout the thirty-six movements of the work we do hear the French style on the one hand and the more Italianising style on the other, but the many interpolations make it, in fact, a kind of mixed European collection. At most, Spain is entitled to a few rare and truly Iberian turns of phrase, even though they are only visible under a microscope. Christophe Rousset and his musical ensemble Les Talens Lyriques approach these “trios” with joy and respect, knowing that the term “trio” does not necessarily imply three musicians; in fact, the melodic parts are entrusted to two oboes, two flutes and two violins, both together and alternately, while the continuo is played by the bassoon, harpsichord, gamba and theorbo, again either together or in various combinations depending on the musical texture. In this way, the thirty-six movements demonstrate the immense musical richness of these various nations, with all the diversity and contrasts that Couperin has assigned to them.

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Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Francois Couperin: Concerts Royaux (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – François Couperin: Concerts Royaux (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:56 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

Couperin’s four Concerts royaux were published in 1722 as in a supplement to his third anthology of harpsichord pieces. They sound like a twilight tribute to Sun King’s reign. The score doesn’t mention any instrument but we know the musician envisaged them as ensemble pieces for a mixed consort of instruments. And that was how they were performed at the Sunday concerts at Versailles organized by Mme de Maintenon for Louis XIV between 1714 and 1715.

Chamber music concerts were in fashion at the time so the four Suites were to be played by a bass instrument and several dessus, and not only by the solo harpsichord.Christophe Rousset and his soloists recorded with sense and sensibility this concentrate of French elegance and virtuosity!

With Violinist Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Flutist Georges Barthel, Oboist Patrick Beaugiraud and Violist Atsushi Sakaï, the 18th-century-music lover and baroque conductor features a majestic version of these well-named royal Concerts!

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Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:44:13 minutes | 2,8 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

After Les Danaïdes and Les Horaces, Les Talens Lyriques concludes the group’s cycle of Antonio Salieri’s French operas with the world premiere recording of Tarare.  Often unfairly overshadowed by his brilliant contemporary Mozart, Salieri here composed a genuine masterpiece on the only libretto ever written by Beaumarchais.

Salieri has a taste for exoticism and, like Mozart in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, he transports us into a fantasy Orient seen through the eyes of the pre-revolutionary philosophy of the Enlightenment.

The indefatigable Christophe Rousset, unswerving in his efforts to revive scores that are rarely performed or have mysteriously languished in the shadows, directs a five- star cast: the Captain of the Guard Tarare (Cyrille Dubois) enters the palace of the Sultan Atar (Jean-Sébastien Bou) in order to rescue his beloved, the slave Astasie (Karine Deshayes). Behind the love triangle, one senses Beaumarchais’s indictment

of authority in his depiction (in 1787!) of the people’s revolt against the Sultan’s tyrannical power – so much so that it is astonishing that the plot escaped the royal censor’s net.

The music follows the story’s misunderstandings, plot twists and spectacular scenes to produce an opera that prefigures Romanticism, exhilaratingly performed by Les Talens Lyriques and Les Chantres of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. A release that should restore Salieri’s prestige once and for all.

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Sandrine Piau, Christopher Lowrey, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset – Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sandrine Piau, Christopher Lowrey, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset – Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:55 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

Longstanding partners Sandrine Piau and Christophe Rousset have frequently performed the Stabat Mater, an emblematic work of the eighteenth-century Neapolitan repertory, both together and with other musicians. It was therefore a natural step for them to record this supreme masterpiece of sacred music. They are joined here by a relative newcomer to Les Talens Lyriques who has also become a regular partner with the ensemble, the American countertenor Christopher Lowrey (already heard on an Alpha disc devoted to Monteverdi, Alpha 216).

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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Sandrine Piau, Teresa Iervolino – Mozart: Betulia liberata (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Sandrine Piau, Teresa Iervolino – Mozart: Betulia liberata (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:11:48 minutes | 2,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

Composed in 1771 to a libretto by Metastasio tracing the well-known biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, La Betulia liberata was Mozart’s first oratorio. Often described as a stroke of genius, this recording by Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, with Sandrine Piau, Amanda Forsythe and Teresa Iervolino, shows the dramatic intensity of which he was already capable at the age of just fifteen and the influence of his early experiences with opera.

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Christophe Rousset – Armand-Louis Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Christophe Rousset – Armand-Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:40:33 minutes | 2,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

Armand-Louis Couperin – François Couperin (“le Grand”) was his father’s cousin – was regarded as one of the finest musicians of his time, and his compositions, though little known today, provide us with precious evidence of the brilliance of the French harpsichord school and the skills of one of its most virtuosic representatives. Sensuous and very original, his Pièces de clavecin are played here by Christophe Rousset on a period instrument by Goujon, now in the Musée de la musique in Paris.

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Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Salieri: Armida (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Salieri: Armida (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:05:07 minutes | 2,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

Recorded from 10th to 13th July 2020 at the Philharmonie de Paris, this Armida teaches us a little more about Antonio Salieri, so loved during his lifetime and so maligned later, especially because of his obscure relationship with Mozart that the nineteenth century invented and that Milos Forman’s film has given more life to in our time.

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Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Christophe Rousset – Lully: Ballet royal de la Naissance de Venus (2021) [Official Digital Download FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – Lully: Ballet royal de la Naissance de Vénus (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:43 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Aparté

Written at the request of Louis XIV in honour of his sisterin-law, Henrietta of England, Le Ballet royal de la naissance de Vénus was performed in 1665 with Henrietta herself as the goddess of love and youth.

In twelve entrées, this grandiose spectacle, combining dancing, music and poetry, served the power of the king, while attesting to the magnificence of his court.Musically very inventive, it shows the culmination of the ballet genre, on which Lully was to draw in creating the tragédie en musique.

To complete the programme, excerpts from Les Amours déguisés (Armida’s famous lament “Ah! Rinaldo, e dove sei?”), Psyché, Le Bourgeois gentil homme and Le Carnaval – from the latter, a piece recycled from Les Noces de village, a burlesque aria sung by the boastful village schoolmaster Barbacola, a basso buffo role that Lully wrote for himself.

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Christophe Rousset – Frescobaldi: Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo, libro primo (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Christophe Rousset – Frescobaldi: Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo, libro primo (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:26:23 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Aparté

Frescobaldi brilliantly combines improvisation and architecture. These qualities resonate with the discography of harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, whose choice of repertoire and interpretation are adventurous and serious at the same time. Frescobaldi’s counterpoint goes along with the finest art of singing, inherited from the Italian madrigal, and the flexibility of his language highlights the virtuosity of his compositions. Christophe Rousset recorded toccate and partite on a beautiful and original harpsichord of the late 16th century. Its sound faithfully testifies for the significant place of this First Book of harpsichord pieces in the nascent modernity of Frescobaldi. If the modal harmonies are still old-fashioned, the free beat and subtle melodies make it an indisputable baroque master, admired from Italy to France and Germany: Bach is said to have had a copy of his Fiori musicali! This new disc by Christophe Rousset reveals the first treasures composed specifically for the harpsichord. Its repertoire was served from the beginning by musicians whose expressive boldness recalls in a musical way Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro.

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