Michel-Richard de Lalande: Les Folies de Cardenio

Michel-Richard de Lalande: Les Folies de Cardenio

by Ensemble Baroque de Limoges
     
 
The subsidiary figure of Cardenio in the novel Don Quixote -- a sort of romantic fool to match Quixote's wider madness -- had quite an afterlife in European literature and drama. Shakespeare may have written a play about him, now lost. The music by Michel-Richard de Lalande recorded here

Overview

The subsidiary figure of Cardenio in the novel Don Quixote -- a sort of romantic fool to match Quixote's wider madness -- had quite an afterlife in European literature and drama. Shakespeare may have written a play about him, now lost. The music by Michel-Richard de Lalande recorded here was written for a ballet that accompanied a large French theatrical production of 1720, "Les Folies de Cardenio." A full-scale re-creation of one of these spectacles would really be something to see, but in the meantime listeners can enjoy this sequence of almost little dances (many of them barely more than a minute long) that accompanied the action on-stage. The dances include the familiar components of the French dance suite -- the bourrée, passepied, sarabande, and so forth -- plus numerous other "airs," dances, and marches: the work offers what must be a nearly complete overview of French dance rhythms of the period. There are a few little songs, and a few pieces that accompany specific action on-stage. Most noteworthy are several exotic pieces, fruits of the first Western attempts to comprehend the music of the non-Western world. Sample the "Air pour les chinois," track 14, or the even more unusual drumming of the "Air pour les Indiens," track 34. "La Tempête," track 35, has an interesting wind effect. The Ensemble Baroque de Limoges under Christophe Coin delivers brisk, lively performances obviously informed by extensive background work. The English booklet notes are in annoyingly small print, while the sclerotic list of obsequies to French government agencies gets the full-size font. This disc, doubtless primarily intended for specialists and libraries, is enjoyable for anybody with its upbeat turns around the stage.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Naive
UPC:
0822186023013
catalogNumber:
1

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Tracks

  1. Le folies de Cardénio, comedy, S. 152

    1. 1. Prologue. Ouverture  (03:46)
    2. 1. Prologue. Bourée "Icy la jeunesse se rassemble"  (01:37)
    3. 1. Prologue. Air de Trompettes  (01:07)
    4. 1. Prologue. Air (martial)  (00:55)
    5. 1. Prologue. Loure  (01:19)
    6. 1. Prologue. Rondeau  (00:59)
    7. 1. Prologue. Air léger  (00:53)
    8. 1. Prologue. Sarabande légère  (01:19)
    9. Menuet  (00:46)
    10. 2. Le Bal. Marche pour les Masques  (01:03)
    11. 2. Le Bal. Bourées pour les Maures  (02:08)
    12. 2. Le Bal. Chaconne légère pour les mêmes  (02:13)
    13. 2. Le Bal. Menuet pour Monsieur le Grand Prieur  (00:42)
    14. 2. Le Bal. Air pour les Chinois  (01:24)
    15. 2. Le Bal. Menuet pour les mêmes  (01:33)
    16. 2. Le Bal. Air pour les Pagodes  (02:07)
    17. 2. Le Bal. Air des Combattants  (01:02)
    18. 3. La Bergerie. Appel des Bergers  (01:35)
    19. 3. La Bergerie. Marche des Bergers  (01:05)
    20. 3. La Bergerie. Sarabande "Quitte icy tes ailes"  (00:52)
    21. 3. La Bergerie. Muzette  (01:04)
    22. 3. La Bergerie. Passepied  (00:49)
    23. 3. La Bergerie. Bourées  (01:36)
    24. 3. La Bergerie. Menuets  (02:18)
    25. 3. La Bergerie. Contredanse pour tous  (01:18)
    26. 4. Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "la Sissonne"  (00:38)
    27. 4. Les Petites Contredanses. 1er Menuet  (00:38)
    28. 4. Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "les Tricotets"  (00:22)
    29. 4. Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "le branle de Bourges"  (00:51)
    30. 4. Les Petites Contredanses. 2ème Menuet  (00:30)
    31. 4. Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "la Cassandre"  (01:22)
    32. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Gavotte lente "Dans cette aimable retraite"  (01:21)
    33. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Air pour les flûtes  (01:53)
    34. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Air pour les Indiens  (01:15)
    35. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. "La Tempête"  (02:01)
    36. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Entrée des Matelots  (01:16)
    37. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Loure  (01:09)
    38. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Sarabande pour les Espagnols  (01:20)
    39. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Bourée  (01:01)
    40. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Tambourin  (01:12)
    41. 5. Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Dernier Air (Rondeau)  (02:26)

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