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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.

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Rousset s playing is scrupulous and impeccable... he follows every detail to the letter, but yet with a refreshing naturalness and freedom. --Early Music

Disc: 1
1. Prelude (Suite en fa majeur)
2. Allemande grave
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Branle de Basque
6. Gigue
7. Gaillarde
8. Chaconne
9. Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher
10. Prelude (Suite en sol mineur)
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Disc: 2
1. Prelude (Suite en do mineur)
2. Allemande la precieuse
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Gigue
6. Chaconne la Bergeronnette
7. Prelude (Suite en re mineur)
8. Allemande
9. Courante
10. Sarabande
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Product Details

  • Composer: Couperin
  • Audio CD (August 10, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: APARTE
  • ASIN: B003EN2SAK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Redmond Geek on March 19, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Christophe Rousset's interpretation of Couperin is similar to his other recordings: Like something prouduced by a sewing machine. It's true that some of the dryness in the Couperin recording is due to the instrument he used; it's a very early French harpsichord, and its sound is somewhat "smokier" and thinner than later instuments. It takes some getting used to. But that doesn't account for the way Rousset bangs out continuous streams of notes without any concern for phrasing, or for the delicacy that one associates with this music. He just seems to want to get to the end of each piece as quickly as he can. As a listener, I'm equally glad when he finally stops.

For more musical versions of Couperin, check out the recording by Richard Egarr.Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By arslonga on August 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
A surprisingly unpersuasive performance that muddies music meant to be sparkling. Rousset's tempi are faster than his technical proficiency permits, so both the details and the overall structure of these suites get lost. Oddly, the playing is unidiomatic: these pieces are the pure distillate of French 18th-century gallantry, but from this performance, you couldn't tell what country produced them. Worse, the rushed tempi make all the pieces sound alike. To my mind, the best performance of these suites currently available is Baumont's, which is a bit dull, however. Perhaps distance blurs my memory, but I used to think Sylvia Marlowe's vinyl recording caught the courtly flourishes best.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Van Groen on March 3, 2011
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This CD is a very nice performance by Rousset of some of the harpsichord suites of Couperin. Very nice listening.
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