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Classical - Released November 5, 2013 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Productions - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 16, 2012 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Productions - Hi-Res Audio
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Full Operas - Released January 25, 2011 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Diapason découverte - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 16, 2012 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Productions - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 16, 2013 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released November 4, 2010 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année - Hi-Res Audio
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Chamber Music - Released March 6, 2012 | Ambronay

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Pianiste Maestro - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
This recording by fine French harpsichordist Christophe Rousset exposes some music from beyond the famous names of the French Baroque. The central attraction is a pair of suites and three characteristic pieces by Louis Marchand, an organist at Versailles who is famous in musical history for having supposedly ducked an organ duel with J.S. Bach. His two suites recorded here were composed in 1702 and 1706, and thus are almost contemporary with the early Rameau Suite in A minor (1706), from his first book of keyboard suites. All the suites consist of a rhythmically free, quasi-improvised prelude followed by a series of stylized dances; three short character pieces by Marchand are also included as a sort of entr'acte. Nevertheless, the music by Marchand and that by Rameau make diametrically different impressions stylistically, and Rousset plays these differences to the hilt. The pieces by Marchand reside low on the keyboard; they have gravity and soberness and they look back to the golden age of the 17th century French courts. The Rameau suite, early though it is, offers a perfect specimen of his style: it is muscular and harmonically inventive, often proceeding in dense bricks of chords. The result is a program that brings French Baroque keyboard music alive, aided by a mighty instrument: a 1716 Donzélague two-manual harpsichord with an extended bottom range. Highly recommended for Baroque keyboard fans.
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Opera - Released September 22, 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Diamant d'Opéra - Choc de Classica
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Opera - Released September 22, 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Diamant d'Opéra - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Chamber Music - Released June 23, 2010 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Hi-Res Audio
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Full Operas - Released October 22, 2012 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Full Operas - Released October 16, 2012 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Month - Choc de Classica
Christophe Rousset and the Talens Lyriques bring us to the stage of the Royal Academy of Music where Pygmalion, an act of ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau inspired by an episode of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was created in 1748. Love, showing empathy for Pygmalion’s despair of loving a statue, invigorates the sculpted woman who immediately falls in love with her creator. Very suggestive, the music of this tender and mischievous ballet deploys the grace of 18th century dances. Like Ovid’s Love, Christophe Rousset instils life in this score, one of Rameau’s greatest successes in his day, and offers us, thanks to his sense of drama and his impeccable leadership, a new and essential reading of this ballet. © Aparté
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Full Operas - Released March 24, 2017 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Cantatas (secular) - Released September 9, 2016 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik