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Keyboard Music of Froberger: Christophe Rousset and Webb Wiggins

Music for harpsichord and organ by one of the German baroque's most prominent composers before J.S. Bach.

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Harpsichordist and Director Christophe Rousset.

Christophe Rousset

Johann Jakob Froberger was one of the most prominent and widely traveled German composers during the 17th Century. He was also an exceptional improviser at the organ (an instrument for which he published collections of music).

French conductor and harpsichord virtuoso Christophe Rousset has released excerpts from Froberger’s suites performed on an original harpsichord built in 1652. His fine performance is notable for its beautiful sense of style and poise.

Johann Jakob Froberger: Suite #12 in C – Gigue
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord — Suites 1649 & 1656 (Naïve, 2009)
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Webb Wiggins

Harpsichordist Webb Wiggins is one of America’s distinguished early keyboardists. His latest Smithsonian Friends of Music recording is not just a mere sampling of Froberger’s works, but a complete survey of the 1656 publication of toccatas, ricercars, capriccios, and suites.

Performing on both organ and harpsichord, Wiggins breaths life and spirit into some of the German baroque’s more interesting keyboard music before J.S. Bach.

Johann Jakob Froberger: Capriccio I in G major
Webb Wiggins, harpsichord and organ — Libro Quarto, 1656 (FoM, 2009)
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Johann Jakob Froberger: Suite #12 in C – Gigue
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord — Suites 1649 & 1656 (Naïve, 2009)
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Johann Jakob Froberger: Suite #8 in A – Courante
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord — Suites 1649 & 1656 (Naïve, 2009)
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Johann Jakob Froberger: Capriccio I in G major
Webb Wiggins, harpsichord and organ — Libro Quarto, 1656 (FoM, 2009)
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Johann Jakob Froberger: Suite VI in C major – Courante
Webb Wiggins, harpsichord and organ — Libro Quarto, 1656 (FoM, 2009)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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