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
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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

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
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The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Ut, BWV 870
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Ut, BWV 870
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Do Mineur, BWV 871
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Do Mineur, BWV 871
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Do Dièse, BWV 872
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Do Dièse, BWV 872
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Do Dièse Mineur, BWV 873
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Do Dièse Mineur, BWV 873
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Ré, BWV 874
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Ré, BWV 874
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Ré Mineur, BWV 875
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Ré Mineur, BWV 875
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Mi Bémol, BWV 876
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Mi Bémol, BWV 876
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Ré Dièse mineur, BWV 877
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Ré Dièse mineur, BWV 877
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Mi, BWV 878
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Mi, BWV 878
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Mi Mineur, BWV 879
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Mi Mineur, BWV 879
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Fa, BWV 880
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Fa, BWV 880
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Fa Mineur, BWV 881
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Fa Mineur, BWV 881
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Fa Dièse in F, BWV 882
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Fa Dièse in F, BWV 882
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Fa Dièse Mineur, BWV 883
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Fa Dièse Mineur, BWV 883
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Sol, BWV 884
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Sol, BWV 884
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Sol Mineur, BWV 885
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Sol Mineur, BWV 885
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en La Bémol, BWV 886
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en La Bémol, BWV 886
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Sol Dièse Mineur, BWV 887
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Sol Dièse Mineur, BWV 887
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en La, BWV 888
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en La, BWV 888
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en La Mineur, BWV 889
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en La Mineur, BWV 889
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Si Bémol, BWV 890
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Si Bémol, BWV 890
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Si Bémol, BWV 891
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Si Bémol, BWV 891
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Si, BWV 892
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Si, BWV 892
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Prélude en Si Mineur, BWV 893
The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book two: Fugue en Si Mineur, BWV 893
I. Allemanda
II. Courant
III. Sarabande
IV. Gigue
I. Allemande
II. Gigue
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
I. Allemande
II. Gigue
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
I. Allemande
II. Gigue
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
I. Allemande
II. Gigue
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
I. Allegro
II. Presto
1. (Allegro)
2. Siciliano
3. Allegro
1. (Allegro moderato)
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro ma non tanto
1. --
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. Dolce
II. Allegro
III. Andante un poco
IV. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio ma non tanto
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
IV. Adagio
V. Allegro
V. Allegro
IV. Adagio (complement)
IV. Adagio (complement)
III. Cantabile, ma un poco adagio (complement)
III. Cantabile, ma un poco adagio (complement)
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Aria
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 1 a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 2 a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 3 Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 4 a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 6 Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 8 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 11 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 12 Canone alla Quarta
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 13 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 14 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 15 Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 17 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 18 Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 19 a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 20 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 21 Canone alla Settima
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 23 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 24 Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 25 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 26 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 27 Canone alla Nona
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 28 a 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var. 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Aria - Da Capo
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 3. Presto
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 1. Ouverture
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 2. Courante
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 3. Gavotte I-II
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 4. Passepied I-II
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 5. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 6. Bourrée I-II
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 7. Gigue
J.S. Bach: Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831 - 8. Echo
J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 - Fantasia
J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 - Fuga
J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - 1. Praeludium
J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - 2. Allemande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - 3. Corrente
J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - 4. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - Menuet I - Menuet II
J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - 7. Giga
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 - 1. Sinfonia (Grave adagio - Andante)
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 - 2. Allemande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 - 3. Courante
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 - 4. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 - 5. Rondeaux
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 - 6. Capriccio
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 1. Toccata
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 2. Allemande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 3. Corrente
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 4. Air
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 5. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 6. Tempo di gavotta
J.S. Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 - 7. Gigue
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 1. Fantasia
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 2. Allemande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 3. Corrente
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 4. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 5. Burlesca
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 6. Scherzo
J.S. Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 - 7. Gigue
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 1. Overture
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 2. Allemande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 3. Courante
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 4. Aria
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 5. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 6. Menuet
J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 - 7. Gigue
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 1. Praeambulum
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 2. Allemande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 3. Corrente
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 4. Sarabande
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 5. Tempo di minuetto
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 6. Passepied
J.S. Bach: Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829 - 7. Gigue
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Gavotte
V. Air
VI. Menuet
VII. Gigue
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Air
V. Menuet
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Gavotte
V. Menuet - Polonaise
VII. Bourree
VIII. Gigue
VI. Petit Menuet
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Gavotte
VI. Bourree
VII. Loure
VIII. Gigue
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Menuet
VI. Gigue
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Anglaise
V. Menuet
VII. Gigue
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Ouverture
2. Courante
3. Gavotte I-II
4. Passepied I-II
5. Sarabande
6. Bourrée I-II
7. Gigue
8. Echo
Fantasia
Fuga
Allegro moderato
Minuetto con moto. Trio
Larghetto
Minuetto. Trio
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Bourree I-II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Menuet I-II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Gavotte I-II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Gavotte I-II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Passepied I-II
VI. Gigue
VI. Gigue
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante e piano
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante e piano
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Ouverture
2. Courante
3. Gavotte I-II
4. Passepied I-II
5. Sarabande
6. Bourrée I-II
7. Gigue
8. Echo


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