• Lisa Batiashvili

    Lisa Batiashvili
  • Denys Proshayev

    Denys Proshayev
  • David Garrett

    David Garrett
  • Concerto Köln

    Concerto Köln
  • Nicola Benedetti

    Nicola Benedetti
  • Venice Baroque Orchestra

    Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Jos van Immerseel

    Jos van Immerseel
  • Philippe Jaroussky

    Philippe Jaroussky
  • Giuliano Carmignola

    Giuliano Carmignola
  • Miguel Harth-Bedoya

    Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Anima Eterna Brügge

    Anima Eterna Brügge
  • Chouchane Siranossian

    Chouchane Siranossian
  • Tal & Groethuysen

    Tal & Groethuysen
  • Alexandre Tharaud

    Alexandre Tharaud
  • Andrea Marcon

    Andrea Marcon
  • Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

    Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
  • Raphaela Gromes

  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • Javier Perianes

    Javier Perianes
  • Jean Rondeau

    Jean Rondeau
  • Russische Nationalphilharmonie

    Russische Nationalphilharmonie
  • Shao-Chia Lü

    Shao-Chia Lü
  • La Cetra Basel

    La Cetra Basel
  • Orfeo 55

    Orfeo 55
  • Katia & Marielle Labèque

    Katia & Marielle Labèque
  • Regensburger Domspatzen

    Regensburger Domspatzen
  • Ensemble Artaserse

    Ensemble Artaserse

The musical secrets of the French Baroque: Jean Rondeau and colleagues on the trail of the Barricades

The sounds unfold like an opening blossom, and then a persistent rhythm sets in, drawing everyone under its hypnotic spell: The French composer François Couperin called Les Barricades Mystérieuses (German for mysterious locks) one of his most enigmatic harpsichord pieces. No one knows what its title means. Some people wonder about the sounds that seem to anticipate modern minimal music. For harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, the work is the starting point for a French baroque album, for which he has gathered a number of colleagues around him - lutenist Thomas Dunford, mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, baritone Marc Mauillon and gambist Myriam Rignol.


Together, they take the audience into the salons of the French kings of the Baroque era, which were built in the legendary lavish splendour of Versailles in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In addition to Couperin and his "barricades", other harpsichord masters such as Robert de Visée, Antoine Forqueray and Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, the gambist Marin Marais or the stirring vocal compositions of Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Philippe Rameau were also in attendance. It is an entire era that is resurrected in the varied programme in just 20 tracks and whose works have long preoccupied Rondeau and his colleague Thomas Dunford: "This music was born in our cradle, it made us the musicians we are today. When we perform it together, the exchange between us is much more than a dialogue, it is like a joint voyage of discovery to which we invite our listeners - and in the process we find no goal, no answers".

The album will be available from 29 May 2020.