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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 16, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Here we have a disc recorded in July of 1996 but not released until September of 2000. Additionally, we have Christopher Hogwood, a conductor who led the Academy of Ancient Music in some of their most successful recordings but who now does not have a steady contract. And we have Andrew Manze, a violinist who was a hired soloist with the Academy at the time of the recording but is now its music director. What does this suggest? It suggests a disc that languished in the record company's vaults until Manze's name and fame got it released. Why, then, did it remain unreleased for five years? Because this is a pretty boring disc. Manze is fine: virtuosic, interesting, even quirky in The Cuckoo concerto. The Academy is fine: a little hard and kind of brittle but on top of the notes. The sound is dry and airless, which does not help. But what really kills the performance is Hogwood's tedious and sloppy conducting. Clipping note values does not yield a crisp performance; eliminating expressive markings does not create a fresh interpretation; providing an unyielding backdrop for the soloist does not amount to accompaniment. One gets the sense, perhaps mistakenly, that Hogwood could not have possibly cared less. Or at least one hopes he could not have cared less. Recommended to people who want to hear what Manze sounded like before he hit the big time, or to people who have to have every note Hogwood ever recorded. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 12, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Since his sensational debut performances, French harpsichordist Christoph Rousset has been closely tied to the Oiseau-Lyre label for whom he recorded albums which became classics such as the complete works for harpsichord by Jean-Philippe Rameau, his anthologies dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach and Pancrace Royer. It was in 1995 that Christophe Rousset recorded this album dedicated to the largely unknown composer Gaspard Le Rou. Published in 1705, his Pièces de clavecin (harpsichord) were contemporary with similar great works by Louis Marchand, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clérambault and Rameau. The quality of Le Roux’s works has raised eyebrows, to the point that musicologists have asked themselves whether his name is not some mysterious pseudonym; a sort of Emil Ajar-Romain Gary before his time. This is opinion is shared by Christophe Rousset who puts forward the names of Marin Marais and the future regent Philippe d’Orléans in the recording's booklet. It seems, however, that le Roux is most likely Michel-Richard Delalande. Between the murders of Caravaggio, Stradella, Jean-Marie Leclair and the usurped personalities, the extravagant Baroque era has not finished fascinating us yet. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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