Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Christophe Rousset
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1:
- 1Prelude No. 1 en Ut, BWV 84602:19
- 2Fugue No. 1 en Ut, BWV 84602:06
- 3Prelude No. 2 en Do Mineur, BWV 84701:28
- 4Fugue No. 2 en Do Mineur, BWV 84701:57
- 5Prelude No. 3 en Do Dièse, BWV 84801:32
- 6Fugue No. 3 en Do Dièse, BWV 84802:40
- 7Prelude No. 4 en Do Dièse Mineur, BWV 84902:37
- 8Fugue No. 4 en Do Dièse Mineur, BWV 84904:25
- 9Prelude No. 5 en Ré, BWV 85001:29
- 10Fugue No. 5 en Ré, BWV 85001:58
- 11Prelude No. 6 en Ré Mineur, BWV 85101:35
- 12Fugue No. 6 en Ré Mineur, BWV 85102:22
- 13Prelude No. 7 en Mi Bémol, BWV 85205:28
- 14Fugue No. 7 en Mi Bémol, BWV 85201:51
- 15Prelude No. 8 en Ré Dièse Mineur, BWV 85302:46
- 16Fugue No. 8 en Ré Dièse Mineur, BWV 85306:47
- 17Prelude No. 9 en Mi, BWV 85401:40
- 18Fugue No. 9 en Mi, BWV 85401:22
- 19Prelude No. 10 en Mi Mineur, BWV 85502:06
- 20Fugue No. 10 en Mi Mineur, BWV 85501:24
- 21Prelude No. 11 en Fa, BWV 85601:08
- 22Fugue No. 11 en Fa, BWV 85601:21
- 23Prelude No. 12 en Fa Mineur, BWV 85701:58
- 24Fugue No. 12 en Fa Mineur, BWV 85704:50
- 25Prelude No. 13 en Fa Dièse, BWV 85801:59
- 26Fugue No. 13 en Fa Dièse, BWV 85802:35
- 27Prelude No. 14 en Fa Dièse Mineur, BWV 85901:11
- 28Fugue No. 14 en Fa Dièse Mineur, BWV 85903:48
- 29Prelude No. 15 en Sol, BWV 86001:03
- 30Fugue No. 15 en Sol, BWV 86003:00
- 31Prelude No. 16 en Sol Mineur, BWV 86102:10
- 32Fugue No. 16 en Sol Mineur, BWV 86102:40
- 33Prelude No. 17 en La Bémol, BWV 86201:26
- 34Fugue No. 17 en La Bémol, BWV 86202:52
- 35Prelude No. 18 en Sol Dièse Mineur, BWV 86301:48
- 36Fugue No. 18 en Sol Dièse Mineur, BWV 86303:26
- 37Prelude No. 19 en La, BWV 68401:24
- 38Fugue No. 19 en La, BWV 68402:42
- 39Prelude No. 20 en La Mineur, BWV 86501:18
- 40Fugue No. 20 en La Mineur, BWV 86506:51
- 41Prelude No. 21 en Si Bémol, BWV 86601:22
- 42Fugue No. 21 en Si Bémol, BWV 86601:52
- 43Prelude No. 22 en Si Bémol Mineur, BWV 86703:07
- 44Fugue No. 22 en Si Bémol Mineur, BWV 86703:39
- 45Prelude No. 23 en Si, BWV 86801:23
- 46Fugue No. 23 en Si, BWV 86802:42
- 47Prelude No. 24 en Si Mineur, BWV 86903:34
- 48Fugue No. 24 en Si Mineur, BWV 86906:45
Info for Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Recording 'The Well-tempered Clavier' is a bit like climbing Everest, and this new recording by Christophe Rousset devoted to Book I has been eagerly awaited. With modesty and rigour, he gives a rich, varied interpretation of this monument to Art, revealing its secrets to us in a highly informative introductory text. Performed on the magnificent Rückers harpsichord at the Château of Versailles, Nicolas Bartholomée's recording ideally reproduces the full, fruity savour of this instrument that has miraculously been preserved.
„[Rousset’s] is a grounded, incontestably considered reading, exuding a quiet, unflappable authority reminiscent of Gustav Leonhardt…he untangles Bach’s protean polyphony with the informed illumination of a seasoned tour guide steeped in his subject…particularly compelling are the massive fugues in A minor and B minor, magisterial, and plotted with long-limbed structural sophistication.“ (BBC Music Magazine)
„[Rousset places] a reliance on good fingers, very occasional well-chosen ornaments and canny but subtle agogic shaping governed by an underlying sense of steady but continuous flow…[it] makes a sound guide to these wonderful and varied works.“ (Gramophone Magazine)
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord
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.