Album: Louis Couperin, Suites – Christophe Rousset (Aparte)

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Now principally known as a conductor, Rousset's technical facility as a harpsichordist remains remarkable.

In this often introspective music by Louis Couperin, uncle of the famous François, Rousset's depth of expressivity and rhythmic confidence are as impressive as the brilliance of his articulation. Though the preludes and dances here were not published as suites, Rousset's groupings are persuasive, the temperaments juicy. Highlights include the bravura C-minor Gigue, and the sombre Tombeau and Pavane.