Album: Froberger, Harpsichord Suites/Rousset (Ambrosie)

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Christophe Rousset makes a welcome return to the keyboard in this poignant selection of Froberger's suites, played on a 1652 Couchet harpsichord that was extended in 1701 to include a four-foot stop.

Rousset's fluid grace-notes never obscure the seriousness of these introspective dances, the finest of which is the Lamento sopra la dolorosa perdita della real Maestà di Ferdinando IV, and allows silence to register between the phrases.

A thoughtful and distinctive alternative to Richard Egarr's ebullient performance.

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