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François Couperin: Concerts Royaux

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

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Concerts Royaux, Premier Concert  
1
I. Prélude. Gravement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
2:37
2
II. Allemande. Légèrement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
1:51
3
III. Sarabande. Mesuré
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai
3:16
4
IV. Gavotte
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud
0:50
5
V. Gigue. Légèrement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
1:51
6
VI. Menuet en trio
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
1:09
Concerts Royaux, Second Concert  
7
I. Prélude. Gracieusement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
1:58
8
II. Allemande fuguée. Gaiement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
2:13
9
III. Air tendre
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
4:31
10
IV. Air contrefugué. Vivement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel
3:03
11
V. Échos. Tendrement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Georges Barthel; Patrick Beaugiraud; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
2:47
Concerts Royaux, Troisième Concert  
12
I. Prélude. Lentement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel
2:07
13
II. Allemande. Légèrement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
2:16
14
III. Courante
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Patrick Beaugiraud; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Georges Barthel
2:27
15
IV. Sarabande grave
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Georges Barthel; Patrick Beaugiraud; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
4:07
16
V. Gavotte
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Patrick Beaugiraud; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Georges Barthel
1:41
17
VI. Musette. Naïvement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Georges Barthel; Patrick Beaugiraud; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai
3:26
18
VII. Chaconne légère
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
3:32
Concerts Royaux, Quatrième Concert  
19
I. Prélude. Gravement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
1:39
20
II. Allemande. Légèrement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud
1:42
21
III. Courante française. Galamment
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
2:05
22
IV. Courante à l'italienne. Gaiement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel
2:58
23
V. Sarabande. Très tendrement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
3:17
24
VI. Rigaudon. Légèrement et marque
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Stéphanie-Marie Degand; Patrick Beaugiraud; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Georges Barthel
1:25
25
VI. Forlane en rondeau. Gaiement
François Couperin; Christophe Rousset; Patrick Beaugiraud; Georges Barthel; Les Talens Lyriques; Atsushi Sakai; Stéphanie-Marie Degand
3:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:56
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!
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