Michel-Richard de Lalande: Les Folies de Cardenio

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Naive
  • UPC: 822186023013
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–41 Le folies de Cardénio, comedy, S. 152 - Michel-Richard Delalande & Christophe Coin (54:45)
    Composed byMichel-Richard Delalande
    Conducted byChristophe Coin
    Performed byChristophe Coin, Christophe Coin
    1. 1 Prologue. Ouverture
    2. 2 Prologue. Bourée "Icy la jeunesse se rassemble"
    3. 3 Prologue. Air de Trompettes
    4. 4 Prologue. Air (martial)
    5. 5 Prologue. Loure
    6. 6 Prologue. Rondeau
    7. 7 Prologue. Air léger
    8. 8 Prologue. Sarabande légère
    9. 9Menuet
    10. 10 Le Bal. Marche pour les Masques
    11. 11 Le Bal. Bourées pour les Maures
    12. 12 Le Bal. Chaconne légère pour les mêmes
    13. 13 Le Bal. Menuet pour Monsieur le Grand Prieur
    14. 14 Le Bal. Air pour les Chinois
    15. 15 Le Bal. Menuet pour les mêmes
    16. 16 Le Bal. Air pour les Pagodes
    17. 17 Le Bal. Air des Combattants
    18. 18 La Bergerie. Appel des Bergers
    19. 19 La Bergerie. Marche des Bergers
    20. 20 La Bergerie. Sarabande "Quitte icy tes ailes"
    21. 21 La Bergerie. Muzette
    22. 22 La Bergerie. Passepied
    23. 23 La Bergerie. Bourées
    24. 24 La Bergerie. Menuets
    25. 25 La Bergerie. Contredanse pour tous
    26. 26 Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "la Sissonne"
    27. 27 Les Petites Contredanses. 1er Menuet
    28. 28 Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "les Tricotets"
    29. 29 Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "le branle de Bourges"
    30. 30 Les Petites Contredanses. 2ème Menuet
    31. 31 Les Petites Contredanses. Air sur "la Cassandre"
    32. 32 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Gavotte lente "Dans cette aimable retraite"
    33. 33 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Air pour les flûtes
    34. 34 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Air pour les Indiens
    35. 35 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. "La Tempête"
    36. 36 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Entrée des Matelots
    37. 37 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Loure
    38. 38 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Sarabande pour les Espagnols
    39. 39 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Bourée
    40. 40 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Tambourin
    41. 41 Le Mariage de L'Hymen et de l'Amour. Dernier Air (Rondeau)
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Ensemble Baroque de Limoges Primary Artist
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