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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
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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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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
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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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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – Lully: Amadis (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96Hz]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – Lully: Amadis (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 02:43:34 minutes | 3,08 GB | Genre: Classical
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A masterpiece born of the collaboration of composer Lully and his librettist Quinault, the “tragédie en musique” called Alceste caused a scandal when it was created in 1674. The tragic register was reserved for the theater, while the music was content with the comic vein. But thanks to the combined talents of Lully and Quinault, the stage of the Royal Academy of Music saw the development of the new tragic and lyrical genre.

The chorus and the nine soloists, directed with energy and delicacy by Christophe Rousset, portray their characters with passions true-to-life. Indeed, the libretto is based on a Cornelian dilemma. This timeless and moving theme of a thwarted love is embodied with accuracy. Moreover, the diction is perfect.

It is a reference version that Christophe Rousset and his Talens Lyriques have recorded. An interpretation where theater and music agree with a jubilatory harmony. It is a reference version that Christophe Rousset and his Talens Lyriques have recorded. An interpretation where theater and music agree with a jubilatory harmony.

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Ann Hallenberg, Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Farinelli (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Ann Hallenberg, Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset – Farinelli (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:19:39 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front cover | © Aparté

With more than one million copies sold, the original soundtrack of Gérard Corbiau’s film Farinelli established the international reputation of Les Talens Lyriques. In 1994, in order to reinvent the voice of Carlo Broschi aka Farinelli (1705-1782), a computer was used to mix the timbres of Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor, and Ewa Mallas-Godlewska, soprano. No less would have been sufficient to incarnate the octaves and the phenomenal power of this singer, history’s first rock star.

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