Versailles: L'Île enchantée

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Even by the supremely high production standards of Alpha recordings, this issue is especially splendid. Entitled Versailles, L'ile enchantée, it fully lives up to its name. As directed by Skip Sempé, the widely varied program features music written for Louis XIV's pleasure palace, performed by the Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra with mezzo soprano Guillemette Laurens and bass violist Jay Bernfeld. Each work is superbly selected, and every performance is absolutely idiomatic and wonderfully alive. There is wit and tenderness and elegance and, yes, nobility to their performances, which taken together form as much a portrait of the Sun King as the palace of Versailles ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Even by the supremely high production standards of Alpha recordings, this issue is especially splendid. Entitled Versailles, L'ile enchantée, it fully lives up to its name. As directed by Skip Sempé, the widely varied program features music written for Louis XIV's pleasure palace, performed by the Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra with mezzo soprano Guillemette Laurens and bass violist Jay Bernfeld. Each work is superbly selected, and every performance is absolutely idiomatic and wonderfully alive. There is wit and tenderness and elegance and, yes, nobility to their performances, which taken together form as much a portrait of the Sun King as the palace of Versailles itself. As organized into eight Divertissements, Sempé's choices range from the grand "Ouverture de Psyché" by Lully to the intimate "Mes Yeux" by Campra, from the soulful "Les Voix Humaines" by Marais to the massive "Passacaille in C" by Louis Couperin. As captured in the evocative photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux and reproduced in Alpha's superlative program book, Versailles looks every bit as beautiful as this disc sounds. Anyone who loves Baroque music, particularly French Baroque music, will love this disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Alpha Productions
  • EAN: 3760014190162
  • Catalog Number: 16

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psyché, tragédie-ballet, LWV 45: Ouverture - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Capriccio Stravagante (2:22)
  2. 2 Prélude for keyboard in G minor (Pièces de Claveçin) - Jean-Henri d'Anglebert & Skip Sempe (1:34)
  3. 3 Vos mespris chaque jour, air - Capriccio Stravagante & Michel Lambert (3:20)
  4. 4 Sarabande for harpsichord in G major - Jacques Champion Chambonnières & Skip Sempe (2:13)
  5. 5 Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comédie-ballet, LWV 43: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Skip Sempe (1:18)
  6. 6 Prélude for keyboard in G major - Jean-Henri d'Anglebert & Skip Sempe (2:02)
  7. 7 Ombre de Mon Amant - Capriccio Stravagante & Michel Lambert (5:37)
  8. 8 Passacaille from Lully's Armide - Jean-Henri d'Anglebert & Skip Sempe (3:54)
  9. 9 Gigue for 2 harpsichords in G major - Gaspard Le Roux & Skip Sempe (1:00)
  10. 10 Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comédie-ballet, LWV 43: Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs (reprise) - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Capriccio Stravagante (1:30)
  11. 11 L'Europe galante, opera-ballet: Act 3. No. 1. Sommeil - André Campra & Capriccio Stravagante (5:40)
  12. 12 Work(s): [Unspecified] Prélude en ut for harpsichord - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (2:59)
  13. 13 Passacaille for harpsichord in C major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 27) - Louis Couperin & Skip Sempe (5:08)
  14. 14 Paschalia for 2 harpsichords - Jacques Champion Chambonnières & Skip Sempe (1:35)
  15. 15 L'Europe galante, opera-ballet: Act 5. No. 1. Mes Yeux - André Campra & Capriccio Stravagante (4:17)
  16. 16 Allemande à deux clavecins, for 2 harpsichords (Pièces de clavecin, II, 9e ordre) - François Couperin & Skip Sempe (4:31)
  17. 17 Les Voix Humaines, for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pièces de viole, Book II, No. 63) - Marin Marais & Capriccio Stravagante (4:08)
  18. 18 Prelude in D minor - Jean-Henri d'Anglebert & Skip Sempe (4:07)
  19. 19 Work(s): [Unspecified] Sarabande en ré mineur for 2 viols & - Marin Marais & Capriccio Stravagante (3:21)
  20. 20 Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comédie-ballet, LWV 43: Quels spectacles charmants - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Capriccio Stravagante (1:16)
  21. 21 Amadis, opera, LWV 63: Act 5. No. 5. Chaconne - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Capriccio Stravagante (6:43)
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