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Luc Beausejour: Bio

Never short of ideas when it comes to offering concert programs imbued with authenticity and refinement, Luc Beauséjour is an exceptional harpsichordist and organist. "The naturalness of his
harpsichord playing, the remarkable attention he gives to proportions and to a singing quality have made him a one-of-a-kind artist." (Le Devoir) 

He is a highly sought-after musician not only for his virtuosity and the subtlety of his playing, but also for his outgoing personality and the ease with which he communicates with his audiences. Luc Beauséjour leads a very active concertizing career. He has performed as soloist in North and South America as well as in Europe. He was named "2003 Performer of the Year" by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique and has won Félix awards for two different recordings at the Gala de l'ADISQ in Québec (2002 and 2006). His love of Bach's music has led him to perform the Cantor's works for harpsichord and for organ almost in their entirety. Beauséjour has carried out over 30 recording projects, either as soloist or as musical director. He has collaborated
with many internationally acclaimed artists, including Julie Boulianne, Karina Gauvin, Shannon Mercer, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, James Ehnes, Hélène Guilmette, Philippe Sly, and Hervé Niquet.

Since 1994, he has been the artistic director of the ensemble Clavecin en Concert, an organization whose mission is to promote music written for the harpsichord both as a solo instrument and as part of an orchestra. Teaching is also an important part of Beauséjour's musical activities. He is a music professor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal.

1 Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, K. 1  
2 Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in C Major, K. 159  
3 Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - Andante  
4 Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - Adagio  
5 Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - Presto  
6 Henry Purcell: Ground in C Minor, ZD 221  
7 Rameau: Les Indes gallants - Air pour les Esclaves affricains  
8 Rameau: Les Indes gallants - Rigaudon 1-Rigaudon 2, en rondeau  
9 Rameau: Les Indes gallants - Les Sauvages  
10 Georg Bohm: Prelude, Fugue and Postlude in G Minor  
11 Girolamo Frescobaldi: Corrente prima  
12 Girolamo Frescobaldi: Corrente seconda  
13 Girolamo Frescobaldi: Corrente terza  
14 Girolamo Frescobaldi: Corrente quarta  
15 Bach: Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914  
16 Couperin: Pavane in F-sharp Minor  
17 Handel: Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 - Allmand  
18 Handel: Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 - Corrent  
19 Handel: Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 - Saraband  
20 Handel: Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 - Jigg  
J. S. Bach : Aria from Goldberg Variations

The repertoire on this recording was written for harpsichord during the Baroque period, generally considered to span the years 1600 to 1750. While many pianists have played Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Rameau, and even Couperin and Froberger, few harpsichordists have come to the defence of the harpsichord repertoire on the modern piano. The idea was born during a meeting with Analekta president, François Mario Labbé. I was submitting some recording proposals for harpsichord and clavichord, and he asked me, "Why not make a CD of piano music'" Somewhat taken aback, I asked for a few days to think about it. Not long after, I suggested a program that would not only include harpsichord repertoire already covered by pianists–Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel– but would also feature some lesser-known works.

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