Christophe Rousset

Biography

Born: 1961; Avignon, France  
Christophe Rousset is one of the finest and most exciting harpsichordists, and as a conductor is a leader in the late twentieth century revival of French Baroque music.

After studying piano as a boy, he became deeply interested in the harpsichord at the age of 13. He studied with Huguette Dreyfus at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and, from 1980 to 1983, with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He won a special
Read more certificate of distinction at the Schola Cantorum and, in 1983, the first prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.

He began a professional career, in which he rose quickly in the ranks of the world's harpsichordists. He soon appeared at some of the most prestigious early music festivals, including those of Aix-en-Provence, Saintes, Veaune, Utrecht, La Roque d'Anthéron, and Les Printemps des Arts de Nantes.

He recorded for the Decca record label and its early music imprint L'Oiseau-Lyre. His recording of the Piéces de Clavecin of Rameau won the 1992 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Non-Vocal Release and the Belgian Cecilia Prize.

During this time, as a specialist in Baroque harpsichord he often performed the harpsichord continuo parts in ensemble music. For the most part in the Baroque era, ensembles were led by the harpsichordist. Thus it was natural that Rousset's harpsichord appearances with such established authentic instrument ensembles as La Petite Bande, Musica Antique de Cologne, The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Seminario Musicale, and Les Arts Florisants led him to an interest in leading a Baroque ensemble.

In 1991, he founded such a group, which he named Les Talens Lyrics. This title, meaning "Lyrical Talents," is the name of a 1739 collection of compositions by Jean-Philippe Rameau. He and his group of young Baroque players adopted this name not only because it was snappy and imposed a certain requirement to live up to, but it also indicated their interest in reviving French Baroque music. Moreover, they intended to explore the connections between the distinct national styles of France and the other major European nations of the Baroque era (including England). In particular, Rousset and Les Talens explore the vital interchange of music that took place between France and the Kingdom of Naples. The group is flexible in size. It may amount to as little as five singers and players for a performance of court vocal works, or up to forty in playing opera and oratorio.

An important introduction of Les Talens came in 1993 at the Festival de Beaune, when they performed Scipione by Handel. The same year they presented L'Incoronazione di Poppea of Monteverdi at the Amsterdam Opera. They have also played ballets and operas of Cimarosa, Berutti, de Mondonville. They have recorded Henry Dumont's Motets en Dialogue, Jean-Marie Leclair's trios, Handel's Scipione and Richard the First, Jommelli's Armida Abbandonnata, ouvertures of Rameau, and the soundtrack for the movie Farinelli, which is about one of the leading castrato singers of the Baroque. The Farinelli soundtrack had extraordinary sales for an early music classical release, selling well over 600,000 copies worldwide.

Les Talens Lyriques is intended to track the Neapolitan-Parisian connection up to the time of the emergence of Rossini. In 2000, Rousset moved a step towards that by conducting Mozart's Mitradate at the Opéra National de Lyon. Read less
Rameau: Six Concerts en Sextuor / Rousset
Release Date: 02/10/2004   Label: Decca  
Catalog: B000184502   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: 1961; Avignon, France  
Christophe Rousset is one of the finest and most exciting harpsichordists, and as a conductor is a leader in the late twentieth century revival of French Baroque music.

After studying piano as a boy, he became deeply interested in the harpsichord at the age of 13. He studied with Huguette Dreyfus at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and, from 1980 to 1983, with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He won a special
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Ouverture
Ah ! J'entends un bruit qui nous presse (Ch?ur, Urgande et Alquif)
Premier air
Second air "Les plaisirs nous suivront désormais" (une des suivantes d'Urgande)
Lorsqu'Amadis périt, une douleur profonde (Ch?ur, Alquif, Urgande)
Rondeau "Suivions l'amour, c'est lui qui nous mène" (Ch?ur, une des suivantes d'Urgande)
Volez, tendres amours, Amadis va revivre (Ch?ur, Urgande et Alquif)
ouverture (reprise)
Acte I, Scène 1, Je reviens dans ces lieux pour y voir ce que j'aime (Amadis, Florestan)
Acte I, Scène 2, Florestan ! (Florestan, Corisande)
Acte I, Scène 3, Je revois Florestan, je le revois fidèle (Oriane, Florestan, Corisande)
Acte I, Scène 4, Marche pour le combat de la barrière
Acte I, Premier air des combattants
Acte I, Belle princesse, que vos charmes (Troupe de combattants)
Acte I, Marche pour le combat de la barrière (reprise)
Acte II, Scène 1, Prélude "Amour, que veux-tu de moi ?" (Arcabonne)
Acte II, Scène 2, Ma s?ur, qui peut causer votre sombre tritesse ? (Arcabonne, Arcalaüs)
Acte II, Scène 3, Dans un piège fatal son mauvais sort l'amène. (Arcalaüs)
Acte II, Scène 4, Prélude "Bois épais, redouble ton ombre" (Amadis)
Acte II, Scène 5, Ritournelle "Ô fortune cruelle !" (Amadis, Corisande)
Acte II, Scène 6, Arrête, audacieux (Amadis, Corisande, Arcalaüs)
Acte II, Scène 7, Esprits infernaux, il est temps (Amadis, Arcalaüs)
Acte II, Scène 8, Air pour les démons et les monstres
Acte II, Scène 9, Symphonie des enchantements "Non, non, pour être invincible" (Troupe de démons enchanteurs)
Acte II, Trio "Aimez, soupirez, c?urs fidèles" (Deux démons sous la forme de bergers)
Acte II, Trio "Vous ne devez plus attendre" (Deux démons sous la forme de nymphes et la troupe de démons enchanteurs)
Acte II, Est-ce vous Oriane ! Ô Ciel ! Est-il possible ? (Amadis)
Acte II, Non, non, pour être invincible (Troupe de démons enchanteurs)
Acte II, Second air (reprise)
Acte III, Scène 1, Prélude "Ciel ! Finissez nos peines" (Florestan, Corisande, Ch?ur de captives et de captifs enfermés, Ch?ur de geôliers)
Acte III, Scène 2, Prélude "Il est temps de finir votre plainte importune" (Troupe de captives et captifs, Troupe des geôliers et Arcabonne)
Acte III, Florestan ! (Les mêmes, Corisande)
Acte III: Toi qui dans ce tombeau (Arcabonne)
Acte III, scène 3, Ah ! Tu me trahis, malheureuse (Arcabonne, L'Ombre d'Ardan Canile)
Acte III, scène 4, Prélude "Non, rien n'arrêtera la fureur qui m'anime" (Amadis, Arcabonne)
Acte III, Vivez, quittez vos fers, ne craignez plus ma haine (Amadis, Arcabonne)
Acte III, scène 5, Prélude "Sortons d'esclavage" (Corisande, Florestan, Troupe de captives et captifs)
Acte III, Premier air
Acte III, Second air "Sortons d'esclavage" (Corisande, Florestan, Troupe de captives et captifs)
Acte III, Premier air (reprise)
Acte IV, Scène 1, Par mes enchantements Oriane est captive (Arcabonne, Arcalaüs)
Acte IV, Scène 2, A qui pourrai-je avoir recours ? (Oriane)
Acte IV, Scène 3, Je vous entends, cessez de feindre (Oriane, Arcalüs)
Acte IV, Scène 4, Que vois-je ! Ô spectacle effroyable ? (Oriane)
Acte IV, Il m'appelle, je le vais suivre (Oriane)
Acte IV, Scène 5, Quel plaisir de voir (Arcabonne, Arcalaüs)
Acte IV, Scène 6, Prélude "Je soumets à mes lois l'enfer, la terre et l'onde" (Urgande)
Acte IV, Prélude "Tout mon effort est inutile" (Deux suivantes d'Urgande, Arcabonne et Arcalüs)
Acte IV, Menuet pour les suivantes "C?urs, accablés de rigueurs inhumaines" (Deux suivantes d'Urgande), Menuet pour les suivantes (reprise)
Acte IV, Scène 7, Prélude "Démons, soumis à nos lois" (Arcabonne et Arcalaüs)
Acte IV, Second air acte III (reprise)
Acte V, Scène 1, Prélude "Apollidon, par un pouvoir magique" (Amadis, Urgande)
Acte V, Scène 2, Fermez-vous pour jamais, mes yeux, mes tristes yeux (Amadis, Oriane)
Acte V, Scène 3, Enfin, vos c?urs sont réunis, (Amadis, Oriane, Urgande)
Acte V, Scène 4, Symphonie "Il est temps de vous arrêter" (Florestan, Corisande, Amadis, Oriande, Urgande)
Acte V, Scène 5, Prélude "Fidèles c?urs, votre constance" (Une héroïne)
Acte V, Chaconne
Acte V, Chantons tous, en ce jour (Grand ch?ur)
Lamentazione Prima: Incipit Lamentatio
Lamentazione Prima: Aleph
Lamentazione Prima: Quomodo sedet
Lamentazione Prima: Beth
Lamentazione Prima: Plorans ploravit
Lamentazione Prima: Ghimel
Lamentazione Prima: Migravit Judas
Lamentazione Prima: Daleth
Lamentazione Prima: Viae Sion Iugent
Lamentazione Prima: He
Lamentazione Prima: Facti sunt hostes
Lamentazione Prima: Parvuli eieus
Lamentazione Prima: Jerusalem convertere
Lamentazione Seconda: Vau
Lamentazione Seconda: Et egressus
Lamentazione Seconda: Zain
Lamentazione Seconda: Recordata est
Lamentazione Seconda: Heth
Lamentazione Seconda: Peccatum peccavit
Lamentazione Seconda: Teth
Lamentazione Seconda: Sordes eius
Lamentazione Seconda: Vide, Domine, afflictionem meam
Lamentazione Seconda: Jerusalem convertere
Lamentazione Terza: Jod
Lamentazione Terza: Manum suam
Lamentazione Terza: Caph
Lamentazione Terza: Omnis populus
Lamentazione Terza: Vide, Domine, et considera
Lamentazione Terza: Lamed
Lamentazione Terza: O vos omnes
Lamentazione Terza: Quoniam vindemiavit me
Lamentazione Terza: Mem
Lamentazione Terza: De excelso misit ignem
Lamentazione Terza: Nun
Lamentazione Terza: Vigilavit jugum
Lamentazione Terza: Jerusalem convertere
Overture
Act I: First Passe-pied
Act I: Second Passe-pied for the Oboes
Act IV: First Air for the Attendants of Bellone
Act IV: Second Air for the Attendants of Bellone
Act V: Passacaille
Air: Dans nos climatas sans chagrin on soupire (Taille, Medoro)
Chaconne (Angelique, , Medoro, Chorus)
Air: Je suis trahi! Ciel! ()
Air: Par le sacours d'une douce harmonie (Angelique, Chorus)
I. Allegro
II. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro assai
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Un poco allegro
II. Largo
III. Vivace
Overture
Act I Scene 1: Lieux ecartez (Cidippe)
Act I Scene 2: Venus vient honorer (Adonis, Cidippe)
Act I Scene 2: Charmante indifference (Adonis, Cidippe)
Act I Scene 3: De nos transports (Chorus)
Act I Scene 6: Tout rit (Two inhabitants of the Isle of Cyprus)
Act I Scene 3: C'est en vain (An inhabitant of the Isle of Cyprus)
Act I Scene 3: Jeunes coeurs ( (An inhabitant of the Isle of Cyprus, Chorus)
Act I Scene 3: First Passepied
Act I Scene 3: Second Passepied for the Oboes
Act I Scene 3: Chantons, celebrons les appas (Chorus)
Act I Scene 4: Vous qui reconnoissez (Venus, Adonis)
Act I Scene 5: Adonis est comble (Cidippe, Venus)
Act I Scene 5: Il te souvient (Venus, Cidippe)
Act I Scene 6: Qu'ay-je entendu? (Cidippe)
Act I Scene 6: Repeat of the First Passepied, transposed
Act II Scene 1: Hommages importuns (Adonis)
Act II Scene 2: Je vous voy seul (Venus, Adonis)
Act II Scene 2: Aimons a jamais (Venus, Adonis)
Act II Scene 3: Prens part, chere Cidippe (Venus, Cidippe)
Act II Scene 4: Ay-je assez eprouve (Cidippe)
Act II Scene 5: Ta voix a reveille mes transports (La Jalousie)
Act II Scene 5: Ministres de mes barbaries (La Jalousie)
Act II Scene 5: Quittons le sejour des enfers (Chorus)
Act II Scene 5: First Air for the Attendants of Jealousy
Act II Scene 5: Quel plaisir de repandre (Chorus)
Act III Scene 1: Quelle pompe nouvelle (Mars)
Act II Scene 2: Je ne puis rien comprendre (Attendant of Mars, Mars)
Act III Scene 2: Si je puis averer (Mars, Attendant of Mars)
Act III Scene 3: First Air
Act III Scene 3: Sarabande Heureux amans (Chorus)
Act III Scene 3: Tendres prix des ames constantes (Venus, Adonis)
Act III Scene 3: Connois le prix (Chorus)
Act III Scene 3: Non ce n'est point (Un Plaisir, Chorus, Une Nymphe)
Act III Scene 3: Mars paroit (Chorus, Venus)
Act III Scene 4: Ou sont-ils ces objets (Mars, Venus)
Act III Scene 4: Ne tardons plus (Mars, Venus)
Act III Scene 4: Mon ame n'est assevie (Mars, Venus)
Act III Scene 5: Goutons un repos plein d'attraits (Mars)
Act III Scene 6: Arreste, dieu credule (Cidippe, Mars)
Act III Scene 6: Courons, courons (Mars, Cidippe)
Act III Scene 6: Repeat of the First Air for the Attendants of Jealousy
1. Stabat Mater
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - 1. Stabat Mater
Lamentazione Prima: Incipit Lamentatio
Lamentazione Prima: Aleph
Lamentazione Prima: Quomodo sedet
Lamentazione Prima: Beth
Lamentazione Prima: Plorans ploravit
Lamentazione Prima: Ghimel
Lamentazione Prima: Migravit Judas
Lamentazione Prima: Daleth
Lamentazione Prima: Viae Sion Iugent
Lamentazione Prima: He
Lamentazione Prima: Facti sunt hostes
Lamentazione Prima: Parvuli eieus
Lamentazione Prima: Jerusalem convertere
Lamentazione Seconda: Vau
Lamentazione Seconda: Et egressus
Lamentazione Seconda: Zain
Lamentazione Seconda: Recordata est
Lamentazione Seconda: Heth
Lamentazione Seconda: Peccatum peccavit
Lamentazione Seconda: Teth
Lamentazione Seconda: Sordes eius
Lamentazione Seconda: Vide, Domine, afflictionem meam
Lamentazione Seconda: Jerusalem convertere
Lamentazione Terza: Jod
Lamentazione Terza: Manum suam
Lamentazione Terza: Caph
Lamentazione Terza: Omnis populus
Lamentazione Terza: Vide, Domine, et considera
Lamentazione Terza: Lamed
Lamentazione Terza: O vos omnes
Lamentazione Terza: Quoniam vindemiavit me
Lamentazione Terza: Mem
Lamentazione Terza: De excelso misit ignem
Lamentazione Terza: Nun
Lamentazione Terza: Vigilavit jugum
Lamentazione Terza: Jerusalem convertere
1. Stabat Mater
2. Cujus animam
3. O quam tristis
4. Quae moerabat
5. Quis est homo
6. Vidit suum
7. Eia Mater
8. Fac ut ardeat
9. Sancta Mater
10. Fac ut portem
11. Inflammatus
12. Quando corpus - Amen
1. Salve Regina
2. Ad te clamamus
3. Eia ergo, advocata nostra
4. Et Jesum
5. O clemens
1. Salve Regina
2. Ad te clamamus
3. Eia ergo, advocata nostra
4. O clemens


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