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Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

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Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 70:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Flora | # FLORA 2110 | Recorded: 2009

The Marquise de Sévigné (1625 96) was a 17th-century blogger, writing letters to family and friends about life at the court of Louis XIV, and in particular performances of Lully during his lifetime, letters that were copied and widely circulated in manuscript. Our quartet of musicians has gathered together a selection of contemporary music, instrumental trio arrangements of popular songs and Lullian airs as well as duo and solo music such as she might have heard or had performed in her Parisian salon. These works – and many others like them – survive mainly in manuscript, though most are available in facsimile or online.

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - The Music of Habsburg Empire [10CDs] (2015)

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Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - The Music of Habsburg Empire [10CDs] (2015)

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - The Music of Habsburg Empire [10CDs] (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.74 Gb | Total time: 10:09:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC 10311 | Recorded: 2001-2009

The Habsburg Imperial Court was a melting pot of many different cultures in which the zest for living of southerners, the Slav melancholy, French formalism, Spanish courtliness and the original German-speaking Alpine cultural region intermingled. Together with his Ars Antiqua Austria ensemble, Gunar Letzbor occupied himself over a ten year period to produce this 10CD "Klang der Kulturen" box, a musical tour of the individual countries that formed the roots of and influences on the music of baroque Vienna, documenting them in live recordings, with each CD representing one country.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 69:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1465 | Recorded: 2004

The Italian-style trio sonata, honed by Corelli into a monument of seventeenth century classicism with its perfect balance of new-found tonality and assimilation of dance forms into art music, had a hard time finding a foothold in France. Among other aspects, the unwillingness to abandon the dance suite – possibly caused by the privileged position of ballet as a royal pastime at the court of Louis XIV – meant that French composers waited until the end of the century to compose "proper" trio sonatas. But a great deal of experimentation with the form went on before that, and not surprisingly one of the experimenters was the Italian "immigrant" Lully. His rôle at the court of the Sun-king included providing small-scale works for the Coucher du Roi, the nightly ceremony marking the king's withdrawal to bed.

Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)

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Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)

Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.02 Gb | Total time: 10:47:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 260 | Recorded: 1999-2013

Versailles: its court, its atmosphere and its music… So many splendours emblematic of a monument with an incomparably rich history. The works associated with the palace have travelled down the centuries and today represent a precious part of our heritage. In this ten-CD set, Alpha retraces the musical life of the unique and luminous universe of Versailles. Le Poème Harmonique, Café Zimmermann, Capriccio Stravagante and many others invite themselves into the company of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Henry d’Anglebert and share with us for a few hours the sumptuous concerts that made Versailles a place like no other.

Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)

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Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)

Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617134 | Recorded: 2001

Gloire au Centre de musique baroque de Versailles qui nous a fait redécouvrir Henry Desmarest, l'un des plus étonnants compositeurs du règne de Louis XIV. À vingt ans à peine, il osa braver Lully sur son propre terrain, en montant un opéra et un divertissement à la cour du Roi-Soleil. Plus tard, avec son aîné Marc-Antoine Charpentier, il fut l'un des principaux acteurs du renouveau d'un opéra français en manque de vrais succès depuis la mort de Quinault et Lully. On croyait indûment tout savoir de ce maître de musique. C'était compter sans le talent de défricheur du label français K.617, qui a trouvé en Nouvelle-Orléans les traces d'un baroque français "exporté", estampillé du nom de Desmarest, entre autres.

Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)

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Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)

Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 65:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS024 | Recorded: 2019

This is a sort of self-portrait of the Great Organ of the Royal Chapel of Versailles, delivering all its aspects, enhanced by the choice of a repertoire emblematic of the baroque era: the major classic French organ works (Couperin, Marchand, de Grigny, Corrette) composed to glorify the very specific aesthetics of instruments like that of Louis XIV's Chapel; but also to reveal its other sound riches, transcriptions of chefs d'oeuvres, from Le Sommeil d'Atys by Lully, to the contredanses of Rameau's Boréades. To add a new dimension to the organ's sound universe and to enhance its orchestral qualities, modern editing and "re-recording" processes were gently used to serve the superposition of musical voices, as if invisible hands filled in for the organist in certain works, which are true Proust's "madeleines" for Gaétan Jarry. He goes all out to play the instrument of Versailles "for the Glory of God and the King"!

Stéphane Fuget, Les Epopées - Lully: Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis (2021)

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Stéphane Fuget, Les Epopées - Lully: Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis (2021)

Stéphane Fuget, Les Epopées - Lully: Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 69:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS 032 | Recorded: 2020

The great composer Jean-Baptiste Lully deployed all his musical science in his grand motets to express intense emotion; Madame de Sévigné said: "all eyes were filled with tears". With their large chorals, small ensembles, trios, duets, solos and orchestral symphonies, these large religious compositions are representative of the pomp deployed at Louis XIV's court, at the service of the monarch's absolute power. If O Lachrymae fideles, composed in winter 1664, goes from contained emotion to jubilant dance, the two other motets are deeply solemn.

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Le Roi Danse: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier, Robert Cambert (2004)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Le Roi Danse: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier, Robert Cambert (2004)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Le Roi Danse: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier, Robert Cambert (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 432 Mb | Total time: 75:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 063-2 | Recorded: 2000

Voici la bande originale du film de Gérard Corbiau, réalisateur notamment du film Farinelli. On ne peut qu'admirer le soin avec lequel le cinéaste a mis en lumière les conflits et l'admiration réciproque entre les deux astres de Versailles : Louis XIV et Jean-Baptiste Lully. La musique est pétillante d'intelligence, de couleurs, de rebondissements, comme les intrigues de la première cour du monde. Sous la baguette explosive de Reinhard Göbel, le Musica Antiqua Köln révèle les contrastes les plus violents. C'est un bain de jouvence qui nous fait entrer dans un univers de théâtre aussi fascinant… Que dangereux !

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Grands Motets [3CDs] (1999)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Grands Motets [3CDs] (1999)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Grands Motets [3CDs] (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 839 Mb | Total time: 58:26+64:44+57:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503040F | Recorded: 1993-1994

In these works, written for the Chapel Royal, Lully is inspired to paint a whole sweep of emotions, at once melancholy, sweet, tragic, noble and victorious. Observe his mastery of color. Listen to how choral and orchestral textures, now in five, now in ten parts, change with the rhythm of the text. Note how subtle touches of orchestral color highlight the meaning of a word or the sweetness of a modulation.

Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique (2021)

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Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique (2021)

Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique: Flute Music for the Court of Louis XIV (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 68:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.579083 | Recorded: 2017

This programme portrays the ‘birth’ of the flute in France in the late 17th century and the following 40 years of its life as a new and fashionable instrument. A famous patron of the arts, King Louis XIV gathered elite composers and musicians to create the refinement, elegance and good taste that was demanded at his Paris Court. From the early petites pièces to more virtuoso suites and sonatas with their ornamented lyricism and grand dance rhythms, the mellow, robust and almost husky sounds of flutes from this period blend and weave around each other like the voices of two singers.

Thibaut Roussel - Le Coucher du Roi: Music for Louis XIV's Chamber: Lully, Marais, Visée, Lalande (2020)

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Thibaut Roussel - Le Coucher du Roi: Music for Louis XIV's Chamber: Lully, Marais, Visée, Lalande (2020)

Thibaut Roussel - Le Coucher du Roi: Music for Louis XIV's Chamber: Lully, Marais, Visée, Lalande (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS029 | Recorded: 2019

Night is falling. In this twilight of the reign of Louis XIV and at the end of his Grand Coucher, the king is at last free from protocol. He then orders the musicians of the Kings Chamber, to come to him; they are the most excellent in the kingdom. These Petits Concerts which were held in the evening before His Majesty enabled the king to hear his preferred repertoire from all that he had loved and even danced to. Here is the Sleep scene from Lullys Atys, the Sombres Deserts by Lambert, the Mutine by Visee, the Grande Piece Royale by Lalande, A Gigue by Marais, La Plainte by La Barre Thibaut Roussel has gathered around him the finest interpreters of the French baroque repertoire, to give us, as if in a walking dream, the intimate music of this Coucher du Roi. Let the night last, sings Le Camus, right up until Couperins Land of Dodo.

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée (2007)

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Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée (2007)

Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 964 Mb | Total time: 173:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 240-2 | Recorded: 2006

Jean-Baptiste Lully, born Giovanni Battista Lulli in Florence in 1632, moved to France early in his career. By the time he turned 30, he had been named music master to the royal family and elevated to the nobility. Italian opera, particularly the works of Cavalli, had become hugely popular in France, and Lully took up the task of creating a tradition of native French opera. In 1775, in collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault, Lully produced Thésée, a "tragédie en musique," which marked a turning point in the synthesis of music, dramaturgy, and dance, and became the model for French opera for nearly a century, until the reforms of Gluck.

Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaéton (2019)

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Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaéton (2019)

Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaéton (2019)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 159 min | 7,57 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | Sub: English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2018

This is the story of Phaéton, valiant driver of the Sun’s chariot, led here by Vincent Dumestre and Benjamin Lazar, armed with a rich acquaintance of two decades of Lullyist cooperation. Just like at the time, they will make the Versailles Opera resonate with this production of this flamboyant tragédie lyrique which was first presented in Perm in Russia in 2018.

Aria: 30th Anniversary Edition (2017/1987) [Blu-Ray]

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Aria: 30th Anniversary Edition (2017/1987) [Blu-Ray]

Aria: 30th Anniversary Edition (2017/1987) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 34999 kbps / 1080i / 24 fps | 96 min | 33,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 7 465 kbps / 24 fps | 96 min | 6,48 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Entertainment One

Imagine that ten of the world's most well-known highly regarded filmmakers were given a free hand to make real any vision. Aria is that history-making film. Sexy, violent, thought-provoking and funny, here is the movie critics raved about, audiences flocked to see, and no one could stop talking about. Includes Bridget Fonda's electrifying film debut, a revealing and breathtaking performance from Elizabeth Hurley, and Theresa Russell as the trigger-happy King Zog of Albania.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 814 Mb | Total time: 133:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | AP015 | Recorded: 2010

The musical world owes a debt of gratitude to French conductor Christophe Rousset not only for the vital, exquisite performances he delivers with the ensembles Les Talens Lyriques and Choeur de Chambre de Namur, but for his work in bringing to light neglected masterpieces of Baroque opera. Lully's Bellérophon, premiered in 1679, was a huge success in its time, with an initial run of nine months. Part of its popularity was doubtless due to the parallels that could be drawn between its plot and certain recent exploits of Louis XV, but even the earliest critics recognized the score's uniqueness and exceptional quality within Lully's oeuvre, so it's perhaps surprising that it has never been recorded before.