Jean Rondeau: Bach vs Scarlatti

February 21, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Jean Rondeau
Jean Rondeau (Photo: Clement Vayssieres)

Although almost exact contemporaries, the lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti couldn’t have been more different. Tonight, young French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau presents a program of works by Bach and Scarlatti, as well as encores by François Couperin, on the 1737 Christian Zell harpischord, only one of three Zell harpsichords remaining, held in Barcelona’s Museu de la Música. This performance was recorded live in concert November 29, 2016 in Oriol Martorell Hall in Barcelona’s LAuditori.

A student of Blandine Verlet for more than ten years, Jean Rondeau (born 1991) continued his musical eduation at the Paris Conservatory and London’s Guildhall School of Music. He’s performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Aisa, and the United States. Jean Rondeau appears frequently with Nevermind Baroque Quartet and is founder and pianist of the jazz ensemble Note Forget.


Prelude from Suite in C minor, BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata in D minor, Kk. 213 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 by Johann Sebastian Bach (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Air, Menuet I/II, Gigue)

Four Keyboard Sonatas
by Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in A, K. 208; Sonata in A minor, K. 175; Sonata in G minor, K. 30; Sonata in G minor, K. 426

Les baricades mistérieuses (encore) by François Couperin (1668 -1733)
La ménetou (encore) by François Couperin


Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Christian Zell, Hamburg, 1737)

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Piva by Joan Ambrosio Dalza, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)