Italian keyboard artist Alberto Busettini presents this sumptuous, definitively French, Program of works by three generations of the famed Couperin family.
Italian harpsichordist Alberto Busettini presents this sumptuous, definitively French, program featuring works by three generations of the famed Couperin family. The glorious works of Louis Couperin, François Couperin (‘the Great’), and Armand-Louis Couperin reveal the evolving style of the French Baroque, from the stylized Dance Suite form of the Early/Mid Baroque, to the more song-like, mood-invoking melodies of the Late Baroque & Rococo, to the hallmark expressiveness and lightness of the early Classical period.
THE COUPERIN DYNASTY
LOUIS COUPERIN (1626 – 1661)
Suite in Fa
Courante I – II
Branle le Basque
Tombeau pour Blanchroche
FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (1668 – 1733)
Selections from Piéces de Clavecin (1713, 1717, 1722, 1730)
Prelude – Les Silvains
Allemande La Laborieuse – Premiere Courante – Seconde Courante – Sarabande La Prude – L’Antonine – Gavotte – Les Idées Heureuses – Passe – Pied
Le Moucheron – La Ménetou
Allemande L’Ausoniéne – Courante I et II – Les Tours de Passe-passe
Le tic – tac choc – Les Ombres Errantes
La Superbe ou la Forqueray
ARMAND LOUIS COUPERIN (1727 – 1789)
L’Intrépide – Les Cacqueteuses – La Chéron – L’Enjoueé
Even as a young child, Alberto Busettini had a deep interest in the Harpsichord and Early Music. This passion became his profession and life. After graduating with highest marks and mention at the Conservatory A. Steffani of Castelfranco Veneto (Italy), he specialized in Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Baroque Orchestra in The Netherlands and then studied at Chigiana Accademy with Christophe Rousset. Alberto has since performed extensively across Europe and in North and South America becoming an appreciated soloist and conductor. He also performs with many early music groups, including Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, Opera Stravagante, Venice Baroque Orchestra and Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, as well as in Early Music Festivals such as Grandezze e Meraviglie, Alte Musik Live Berlin, Musikfest Kreuth, Wunderkammer, Mozarteum Argentino, Festival delle Ville Venete. He has accompanied many important artists including Alfredo Bernardini, Sara Mingardo, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Bronzi, Silvia Frigato, Anna Fusek, Sergey Malov, Angelo Manzotti, Michael Radulescu, Filippo Maria Bressan, and Gabriele Cassone. Alberto Busettini frequently performs on original instruments such as the Walter harpsichord (1696) in Tolmezzo (IT) and the Collesse (1748) harpsichord in Paris.
Alberto collaborates frequently as harpsichordist with the Venice Baroque Orchestra conducted by Andrea Marcon, and as harpsichordist and “maestro di sala” for the Early and Baroque Music Projects at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice. Since 2017 Alberto has been Artistic Director of Festival Risonanze.
In 2019 Alberto will be performing the Brandenburg Concertos with Enrico Bronzi and Accademia Arrigoni; will, together with Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, perform Benda’s Harpsichord Concertos at “Alte Musik Live Berlin”, and give recitals of works by J.S. Bach and F. Couperin across Europe.