François Couperin (1668-1733)

The Sphere of intimacy

Christophe Rousset - Harpsichord & Conductor
Cyrille Dubois - Tenor
Harpsichord & Conductor
Christophe Rousset
Cyril Dubois
Les Talens Lyriques
The Sphere of intimacy François Couperin (1668-1733)

François Couperin’s early publications include a number of airs serieux, as well as several short pieces that were included in the collection of Pièces choisies pour le clavecin published by Ballard in 1707. Here Christophe Rousset and Cyrille Dubois reveal little-known aspects of the art of François Couperin. Some of these pieces testify to the composer’s taste for music in the Italian style, which is also evident in his sonatas, which include not only the famous La Steinkerque, but also La Superbe and La Sultane, in which Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques. The programme also presents a hitherto uncatalogued drinking song, Souvent dans le plus doux sort, the only known autograph piece so far discovered.


Airs sérieux & air à boire
Les Pèlerines “Au Temple de l’Amour”
“Qu’on ne me dise plus”
“Doux liens de mon cœur”
La Pastorelle “Il faut aimer”
Les Solitaires “Dans l’île de Cythère”
Brunette “Zéphire, modère en ces lieux”
“Souvent dans le plus doux sort”

La Sultane (sonate en quatuor)
La Superbe (sonate en trio)
La Steinkerque (sonate en trio)

Pièces choisies pour le clavecin de différents auteurs, Ballard 1707


Recorded by Little Tribeca in July 2016 at Couvent des Dominicains, Guebwiller, in September 2017 at the Galerie Dorée of the Banque de France, Paris, and in April 2021 at Temple Saint-Pierre, Paris

Cover by Nathanaël Mergui

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