Christophe Rousset is one of the most brilliant harpsichordists of his generation. This new release from Aparté marks the first time Rousset has ever recorded works by Louis Couperin, the uncle of the great François Couperin. Rousset has assembled a collection of suites from among the many dance movements that appear in the few source manuscripts that remain extant. The selection portrays Louis Couperin at his most expressive, in the richness of his harmonies and rhetoric, and in the subtle contrasts that make him one of the most amazing precursors not only of his nephew François but also of Jean- Baptiste Lully.
Rousset s playing is scrupulous and impeccable... he follows every detail to the letter, but yet with a refreshing naturalness and freedom. --Early Music