Jacques Duphly Christophe Rousset

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Label: Aparté

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Christophe Rousset

Composer: Jacques Duphly (1715-1789)

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  • Jacques Duphly (1715-1789):
  • 1Troisième livre: La Forqueray05:27
  • 2Troisième livre: Chaconne en fa07:09
  • 3Troisième livre: Médée04:05
  • 4Premier livre: Allemande en do mineur05:56
  • 5Premier livre: Courante la Boucon04:02
  • 6Premier livre: Rondeau en do04:47
  • 7Premier livre: La Millettina02:36
  • 8Quatrième livre: Rondeau la Pothouin05:43
  • 9Quatrième livre: La Victoire04:51
  • 10Premier livre: Rondeau en ré mineur02:36
  • 11Deuxième livre: La Damanzy03:44
  • 12Premier livre: La Cazamajor04:17
  • 13Deuxième livre: La Felix04:00
  • 14Deuxième livre: La de Vatre04:24
  • 15Premier livre: Allemande en ré mineur05:55
  • 16Premier livre: Courante en ré mineur03:50
  • 17Troisième livre: Les Graces08:16
  • 18Premier livre: La Vanlo04:32
  • 19Premier livre: Rondeau03:45
  • 20Premier livre: La Tribolet03:22
  • 21Quatrième livre: La du Buq05:24
  • 22Deuxième livre: La D'Héricourt04:11
  • 23Troisième livre: La de Guyon04:35
  • 24Quatrième livre: La de Drummond03:04
  • 25Deuxième livre: La Lanza09:38
  • 26Deuxième livre: Les Colombes04:04
  • 27Troisième livre: La de Chamlay03:17
  • Total Runtime02:07:30

Info for Jacques Duphly

Jacques Duphly was born the year of the death of Louis XIV [1715] and he died the year of the storming of the Bastille [1789]. His works consist of his four books of harpsichord pieces. Through his teacher Dagincourt he inherited the style of François Couperin, whose tender expression and ornamentation he adopted. He also fully assimilated the style of Rameau, who dominated French music in the first half of the 18th century. Although his style changed considerably between his first book of harpsichord pieces (1744) and his fourth (1768), Duphly epitomised aesthetic expression as it was at the time of Louis XV (1723-1774). Following the arrival in France of many foreign composers, prompted by Queen Marie-Antoinette, Duphly was eclipsed and he died in poverty and oblivion. Duphly was not an innovator; he revolutionised neither style nor technique, nor did he attempt to impose a personality. As a result he is regarded as a minor composer. Yet he composed splendidly for the harpsichord, exploring all its registers; he was above all a harpsichordist. Through this recording we have attempted to restore the virility of his compositions, the severity of some features, the sincerity of his gesture, all these greatly inspired by the beautiful Kroll harpsichord, kindly made available to us by its owner and restorer Marc Ducornet. This instrument, which Duphly could have played, offers both sparkle and depth, two of the features of music of the second half of the 18th century. [from Christophe Rousset's booklet notes] Christian Kroll was born c.1747 in Soldine (Electorate of Brandenburg). It is very likely that he worked in Lyon with the famous harpsichord maker Joseph Collesse. In 1776 he made this beautiful double-manual harpsichord, which still has its original decoration.

Christophe Rousset, harpsichord

Christophe Rousset
the founder of the Les Talens Lyriques and an internationally renowned harpsichordist, is a musician and an orchestral conductor inspired by a passion for opera and the rediscovery of the European musical heritage.

After harpsichord studies at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus, followed by the Conservatoire Royal in The Hague with Bob van Asperen (winning, at the age of 22, the prestigious First Prize in the 7th Bruges Harpsichord Competition), and followed in turn by the creation of his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991, Christophe Rousset has a perfect grasp of the richness and diversity of the Baroque, Classical and Preromantic repertoires.

After initially attracting attention for his extraordinary talent as a harpsichordist, he soon made his mark as a conductor, with invitations from around the world to perform with his ensemble (Opéra de Paris, De Nederlandse Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Opéra de Lausanne, Teatro Real, Theater an der Wien, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Aix-en-Provence and Beaune Festivals, to name but a few venues).

Alongside this, he has continued to pursue an active career as harpsichordist and chamber musician, performing and recording on the most beautiful period instruments. His complete performances of the works for harpsichord of F. Couperin, Rameau, d’Anglebert and Forqueray and various recordings of pieces by J. S. Bach (Partitas, Variations Goldberg, Concertos for harpsichord, English Suites, French Suites, Klavierbüchlein) are considered landmarks. His most recent recording of another musical monument by the German Cantor, the 2nd book of the Well-tempered Clavier (Aparté) – a recording made in the Château of Versailles on a Joannes Ruckers harpsichord (1628) – has been awarded a number of honours, including a “Choc” from Classica magazine and CD of the week from Britain’s Radio 3. The instruments of the Paris Museum of Music have also been entrusted to him for the recording of three CDs of music by Royer, Rameau and Froberger.

Teaching is also an aspect with major importance for Christophe Rousset, who conducts and organises master classes and academies for young people (Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, CNSMDs Paris, Académie d’Ambronay, Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroques, Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Britten-Pears Orchestra) and he devotes himself with great energy, alongside the musicians of Les Talens Lyriques, to introducing young secondary school pupils in Paris and the surrounding region to the world of music.

Christophe also has a career as guest conductor (Liceu Barcelona, San Carlo Naples, La Scala Milan, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Orquesta Nacional de España and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, among other orchestras) as well as the active pursuit of musical research, with the production of critical editions and the publication by Actes Sud of a study on Rameau in 2007.

Christophe Rousset has been awarded the French honours of Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur, Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite.

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