Louis XIV: Music for the Sun King at Versailles

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
An interesting sign of the recent vitality of the early music recording scene has been the tendency toward compilations that are larger than the individual recordings they excerpt. Louis XIV: Music for the Sun King at Versailles is a sumptuous three-CD box containing selections from a whole parade of Harmonia Mundi releases dating back to 1995, most of them just single discs. Thirty works or parts of works by 13 composers have been artfully assembled into three categories one per disc: "Musique à la chapelle du Roy" Music for the King's Chapel, "Les récréations de sa Majesté" His Majesty's Recreations, and "Une soirée à l'opéra du Roy" An Evening at the Royal Opera. A ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
An interesting sign of the recent vitality of the early music recording scene has been the tendency toward compilations that are larger than the individual recordings they excerpt. Louis XIV: Music for the Sun King at Versailles is a sumptuous three-CD box containing selections from a whole parade of Harmonia Mundi releases dating back to 1995, most of them just single discs. Thirty works or parts of works by 13 composers have been artfully assembled into three categories one per disc: "Musique à la chapelle du Roy" Music for the King's Chapel, "Les récréations de sa Majesté" His Majesty's Recreations, and "Une soirée à l'opéra du Roy" An Evening at the Royal Opera. A lengthy but highly informative booklet essay connects all of these in an excellent sketch of the musical culture at glittering Versailles, the seat of the aggressively and awesomely centralized power of the French throne. Louis XIV, we learn, was well educated musically and took an active part in shaping the musical life of the court. Disc three contains selections from several different operas, exploring the dominance of the Italian-born Jean-Baptiste Lully born Gian Battista Lulli over French operatic life and giving examples of both the serious tragédie lyrique and the opera-dance hybrids that were characteristic of the age; the first two discs likewise sample choral, vocal, and instrumental genres of various sizes. If Harmonia Mundi manages to get this set into the Versailles gift shop is there such a thing?, sales are guaranteed despite the hefty price tag. Louis XIV: Music for the Sun King at Versailles might even serve well in collegiate music history classes, for it covers this golden age of French Baroque music in admirable detail. As for the performances, the set showcases an all-star roster of early music talent associated with Harmonia Mundi, including conductor William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Philippe Herreweghe and La Chapelle Royale, soprano Véronique Gens, countertenor René Jacobs, lutenist Konrad Junghänel, and keyboardists Davitt Moroney, Christophe Rousset, and Kenneth Gilbert. There's not a clinker in the bunch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881753222
  • Catalog Number: 2908147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: Prelude - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (1:59)
  2. 2–6 Magnificat - Brigitte Bellamy & Henry du Mont (12:33)
  3. 3 Dies irae, motet for double chorus & orchestra, LWV 64/1 - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Donna Brown (18:44)
  4. 4 Miserere mei, Deus, grand motet, S. 15 - Philippe Herreweghe & Michel-Richard Delalande (6:35)
  5. 5 Miserere mei, Deus, grand motet for solo voice & chorus, S. 27 - William Christie & Michel-Richard Delalande (3:38)
  6. 6 Super flumina Babylonis, grand motet, S. 13: Symphonie - Super flumina Babilonis - William Christie & Michel-Richard Delalande (3:58)
  7. 7 Super flumina Babylonis, grand motet, S. 13: Filia Babilonis misera - William Christie & Michel-Richard Delalande (2:41)
  8. 8 Cantique sur le bonheur des justes, motet, S. 127 - William Christie & Michel-Richard Delalande (6:46)
  9. 9 Regina coeli, motet for 3 voices & continuo, LWV 77/12 - Jean-Baptiste Lully & William Christie (4:06)
  10. 10 Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo: Jod - François Couperin & William Christie (0:38)
  11. 11 Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo: Manum suam misit hostis - Omnis populus ejus - Lam - François Couperin & William Christie (7:07)
  12. 12 Regina coeli, motet for 2 treble voices & continuo (Le Manuscrit du comte de Toulouse) - François Couperin & Jill Feldman (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comédie-ballet, LWV 43: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Paul Goodwin (1:24)
  2. 2 Tout l'Univers Obéit à l'Amour, for 5 voices & ensemble - William Christie & Michel Lambert (2:58)
  3. 3 Vos mespris chaque jour, air - René Jacobs & Michel Lambert (3:54)
  4. 4 Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert - Du Buisson & René Jacobs (4:41)
  5. 5 Fantaisie for lute - Denis Gaultier & Konrad Junghanel (1:46)
  6. 6 Suite for guitar in D: Courante - Rafael Andia & Robert de Visée (1:09)
  7. 7–9 Piece for guitar in D - Rafael Andia & Robert de Visée (3:07)
  8. 8 Prélude for harpsichord in A major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 8) - Louis Couperin & Davitt Moroney (2:24)
  9. 9 Courante for harpsichord in A major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 112) - Louis Couperin & Davitt Moroney (1:45)
  10. 10 Gigue for harpsichord in A major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 114) - Louis Couperin & Davitt Moroney (1:56)
  11. 11 Troisième prélude for harpsichord in G minor (L'Art de toucher le clavecin) - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (0:56)
  12. 12 6e ordre for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II): Les Baricades Mistérieuses - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (2:38)
  13. 13 11e ordre for harpsichord, (Pièces de clavecin, II): Les Fastes de la Grande et Ancienne Mxnxstrxndxedx - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (1:14)
  14. 14 11e ordre for harpsichord, (Pièces de clavecin, II): Premier Acte: Les Notables et Jurés Mxnxstrxndxurs - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (1:46)
  15. 15 11e ordre for harpsichord, (Pièces de clavecin, II): Deuxième Acte: Les Vièleux et les Gueux - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (1:17)
  16. 16 11e ordre for harpsichord, (Pièces de clavecin, II): Quatrième Acte: Les Invalides, ou gens estropiés a - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (4:27)
  17. 17 Troisième livre des pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Dix-huitième Ordre: Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou les Maillo - François Couperin & Christophe Rousset (2:41)
  18. 18 Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major (Concerts royaux): Prélude (2 flûtes) - François Couperin & Janet See (2:04)
  19. 19 Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major (Concerts royaux): Allemande - François Couperin & Jaap ter Linden (2:24)
  20. 20 Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major (Concerts royaux): Courante - François Couperin & Jaap ter Linden (2:11)
  21. 21 Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major (Concerts royaux): Sarabande grave (2 flûtes) - François Couperin & Janet See (3:31)
  22. 22 Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major (Concerts royaux): Muzette - François Couperin & Jaap ter Linden (2:42)
  23. 23 Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major (Concerts royaux): Chaconne Legere - François Couperin & Jaap ter Linden (3:38)
  24. 24 L'Apothéose de Lully, for various instruments & continuo: Lulli aux Champs Elisés No. 2 - François Couperin & William Christie (2:21)
  25. 25 La Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont à Paris, for violin, viola da gamba & continuo in D minor - Marin Marais & Trio Sonnerie (8:16)
  26. 28–31 Troisième suite, for orchestra (Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy) - La Simphonie du Marais & Michel-Richard Delalande (9:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Atys, opera, LWV 53: Ouverture - Jean-Baptiste Lully & William Christie (1:54)
  2. 2 Atys, opera, LWV 53: Acte I. scène 4. Atys est trop heureux - Un amour - Jean-Baptiste Lully & William Christie (6:25)
  3. 3 Atys, opera, LWV 53: Acte III. scène 4. (Scène des Songes agréables). D - Jean-Baptiste Lully & William Christie (10:00)
  4. 4 Pièces de Clavecin. . .diverses chaconnes, ouvertures, et autres airs de M. de Lully. . . for harpsichord - Kenneth Gilbert & Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (3:45)
  5. 5 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act III, scènes 1 & 2. Ah! Si la liberté me doit ê - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Collegium Vocale Ghent (10:35)
  6. 6 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act III, scènes 3. Venez, venez, Haine implacable - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Collegium Vocale Ghent (1:11)
  7. 7 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act III, scènes 4. Je réponds à tes vœux - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Collegium Vocale Ghent (2:57)
  8. 8 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act III, scènes 4. Amour, sors pour jamais - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Collegium Vocale Ghent (1:06)
  9. 9 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act V, scènes 1. Passacaille - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Collegium Vocale Ghent (13:31)
  10. 10 Médée, opera, H. 491: Act III. scène 7. Dieux du Cocyte - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (4:11)
  11. 11 Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Ouverture - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (1:45)
  12. 12 Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Eplogue en musique et en danse. Quittez vos troupe - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & Claire Brua (6:16)
  13. 13 Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Premier intermède. Zerbinetti - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (3:13)
  14. 14 Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Troisième intermède. Cérémonie burlesque d'un homm - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (2:59)
  15. 15 Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Air des révérences. Bachelierus. Chirurgus - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (5:26)
  16. 16 Actéon, pastorale for chorus, strings & continuo, H. 481: Scène première. Chœur des chasseurs - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & William Christie (2:01)
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