Released: 15 March 2019

Reference: AP196

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Recorded by Little Tribeca in december 2015 at the Eglise évangélique luthérienne Saint-Pierre (Paris).

Artistic direction: Clément Rousset
Sound engineers: Clément Rousset and Thimothée Langlois
Editing: Ignace Hauville and Stéphanie-Marie Degand
Mixing and mastering: Ignace Hauville

Tuning: 400 Vallotti


La Clef Resmusica

Released: 15 March 2019

Reference: AP196

Couperin: Les Concerts Royaux




Couperin’s four Concerts royaux were published in 1722 as in a supplement to his third anthology of harpsichord pieces. They sound like a twilight tribute to Sun King’s reign. The score doesn’t mention any instrument but we know the musician envisaged them as ensemble pieces for a mixed consort of instruments. And that was how they were performed at the Sunday concerts at Versailles organized by Mme de Maintenon for Louis XIV between 1714 and 1715. Chamber music concerts were in fashion at the time so the four Suites were to be played by a bass instrument and several dessus, and not only by the solo harpsichord.

Christophe Rousset and his soloists recorded with sense and sensibility this concentrate of French elegance and virtuosity! With Violinist Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Flutist Georges Barthel, Oboist Patrick Beaugiraud and Violist Atsushi Sakaï, the 18th-century-music lover and baroque conductor features a majestic version of these well-named royal Concerts!



François Couperin (1668-1733)

First Concert
1. Prélude Gravement
2. Allemande Légèrement
3. Sarabande Mesuré
4. Gavotte
5. Gigue Légèrement
6. Menuet en trio

Second Concert
7. Prélude Gracieusement
8. Allemande fuguée Gaiement
9. Air tendre
10. Air contrefugué Vivement
11. Échos Tendrement

Third Concert
12. Prélude Lentement
13. Allemande Légèrement
14. Courante
15. Sarabande grave
16. Gavotte
17. Musette Naïvement
18. Chaconne légère

Fourth Concert

19. Prélude Gravement
20. Allemande Légèrement
21. Courante française Galamment
22. Courante à l’italienne Gaiement
23. Sarabande Très tendrement
24. Rigaudon Légèrement et marqué
25. Forlane en rondeau Gaiement

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