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
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    Mozart: Betulia Liberata / Bemsch, Iervolino, Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 235 Release Date: 10/30/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Amanda Forsythe,  Sandrine Piau,  Teresa Iervolino,  Pablo Bemsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Accentus
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    Landi: La morte d'Orfeo / Rousset, Les Talens Lyrique
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110661 Release Date: 06/12/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefano Landi
    Performer:  Cecilia Molinari,  Renato Dolcini,  Alexander Miminoshvili,  Gaia Petrone
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Landi: La morte d'Orfeo / Rousset, Les Talens Lyrique [Blu-ray]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 06/12/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefano Landi
    Performer:  Renato Dolcini,  Cecilia Molinari,  Alexander Miminoshvili,  Gaia Petrone
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater / Piau, Lowrey, Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 449 Release Date: 03/13/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Christopher Lowrey
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Gounod: Faust / Rousset, Flemish Radio Choir, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Bru Zane   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 08/23/2019   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Anas Seguin,  Juliette Mars,  Andrew Foster-Williams,  Jean-Sébastien Bou  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Flemish Radio Choir
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    Couperin: Les Nations / Rousset, Les Talens Lyrique
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 197 Release Date: 01/25/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Tragediennes Vols. 1-3 / Gens
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 574296 Release Date: 11/02/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  André Campra,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Gens
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Francois Couperin Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 574297 Release Date: 10/19/2018   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Patricia Petibon,  Sophie Daneman,  Anne-Marie Lasla,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Christophe Rousset,  Michel Piguet,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Zurich Ricercare-ensemble Fur Alte Musik
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    Lully: Alceste / Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 164 Release Date: 01/19/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Rameau: Pygmalion / Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 155 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Lully: Armide / Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 135 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Etienne Bazola,  Cyril Auvity,  Douglas Williams,  Marie-Claude Chappuis  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
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    Mehul: Uthal / Deshayes, Rousset, Les talens lyriques, Choeur de chambre de namur
    Label: Ediciones Singulares   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
    Performer:  Artavazd Sargsyan,  Reinoud Van Mechelen,  Jean-Sébastien Bou,  Yann Beuron  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Handel: Alcina & Tamerlano / Rousset, Piau, Les Talens Lyriques [Blu-ray]
    Label: Alpha Classics   Catalog: 715 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ann Hallenberg,  Jeremy Ovenden,  Delphine Galou,  Christophe Dumaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Baroque Opera Classics
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe,  Veronica Cangemi,  Sally Matthews,  Olga Pasichnyk  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  William Christie,  Ottavio Dantone,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Les Arts Florissants,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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    Baroque Opera Classics (7 Blu-ray Discs)
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7194 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe,  Veronica Cangemi,  Sally Matthews,  Olga Pasichnyk  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  William Christie,  Ottavio Dantone,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Les Arts Florissants,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Antonio Salieri: Les Danaides
    Label: Ediciones Singulares   Catalog: 5010685 Release Date: 06/23/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Salieri
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
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  • 18.
    Jean-baptiste Lully: Amadis (Limited Edition)
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 94 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
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  • 19.
    Musique A Versailles -  Charpentier; Lully; Marais
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5389 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sébastien de Brossard,  Marin Marais,  Louis Marchand,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Blandine Verlet,  Michel Chapuis,  Pascal Monteilhet,  Elisabeth Joyé  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin,  Emmanuel Mandrin,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Olivier Schneebeli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Ensemble Fitzwilliam,  Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr  ... 
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  • 20.
    Lully: Phaeton /  Perruche, Arquez, Caton, Druet, Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Gaëlle Arquez,  Ingrid Perruche,  Emiliano Gonzalez Toro,  Isabelle Druet  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Les Sopranos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5351 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Lezhneva,  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Lucy Crowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Antonini,  Alan Curtis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Una Stella Ensemble  ... 
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  • 22.
    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Porta  ... 
    Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi,  Joyce DiDonato,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Christophe Rousset,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Le Concert d'Astrée  ... 
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  • 23.
    Sacchini: Renaud / Rousset, Les Talens Lyrique
    Label: Palazzetto Bru Zane   Catalog: 1012 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Sacchini
    Performer:  Katia Velletaz,  Jean-Sébastien Bou,  Pierrick Boisseau,  Marie Kalinine  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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  • 24.
    Voices of French Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 280462 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck,  André Modeste Grétry  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Miguel Villabella,  Solange Petit-Renaux,  Patricia Petibon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Maurice Cauchie,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Les Folies Françoises,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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  • 25.
    Martin Y Soler: Il Burbero Di Buon Cuore / Rousset, Madrid Teatro Real
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 580 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vicente Martin y Soler
    Performer:  Luca Pisaroni,  Juan Francisco Gatell,  Véronique Gens,  Cecilia Diaz  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra
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