Olivier Vernet studied organ with Gaston Litaize at the Conservatoire National de Région in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, where he earned his concert diploma with honors. At the Conservatoire National de Région in Rueil Malmaison, he studied with Marie-Claire Alain, and continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Michel Chapuis.
Descendant d'une longue lignée de musiciens, François Couperin fut le plus grand compositeur baroque de son temps. Il représente un jalon important entre Lully et Rameau et, bien que, comparé à d'autres, il ait peu composé, rien dans son oeuvre n'est à écarter. C'est pour les concerts du dimanche matin à la cour du roi Louis XIV, que Couperin composa cette série de Concerts royaux.
From the music of François Couperin, Aline Zylberajch and Martin Gester have assembled a Watteau-esque idyll fit for a king. A manuscript trio sonata from the early 1690s and one of the chamber concerts included in his collection entitled Les Goûts-réunis add further instrumental timbres to what is otherwise a showcase for the ravishing Ruckers-Taskin harpsichord from the Musée de la Musique at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. The excellent booklet notes by Denis Herlin provide all you might wish to know about the background of the music.
The three Leçons de Ténèbres pour le mercredy (Tenebrae for Wednesday) are the only ones by François Couperin to have survived: 'recitations' destined to accompany the Office of the Tenebrae during one of the nights of Holy Week. Couperin is one of the uncontested masters in this exercise fusing vocal virtuosity and deep religious feeling.
Blandine Verlet is now one of the last living legends of the harpsichord. After a few years of absence, she has joined the label Aparté with a programme dedicated to Francois Couperin's harpsichord music, recorded on a sumptuous Hemsch of 1751 upon which she already performed Goldberg Variations in 1993. Throughout these pieces with evocative titles (Les Amusements, the Raphaèle, the delights, the Poppies, the Wandering Shadows ..) she reveals an artist with a voice more than inspired, powerful and constantly renewed.