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Court Of The Sun King - The Glory Of The French Baroque

Court Of Sun King: Glory Of French Baroque / Var
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 675239   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierJean-Baptiste LullyNicolas BernierLouis Marchand,   ... 
Performer:  Georges AbdounMartha AngeliciMarie-Claire AlainAndré Mallabrera,   ... 
Conductor:  Louis MartiniJean-François PaillardLouis DevosLouis Frémaux,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber OrchestraChorale des Jeunesses Musicales de FranceA Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Court of the Sun King is a 10-CD set celebrating both the glories of the French Baroque and the glories of the Erato catalogue. For over half a century Erato has led the way in bringing this period of music out of libraries to the wider world of listeners. Many of their classic recordings from the 1960s and 70s, featuring French musicians and ensembles such as Jean-François Paillard, Louis Martini and Marie-Claire Alain, are now brought together for the first time. From grand sacred works by Charpentier to vivid theatrical pieces by Lully to intimate sonatas by Boismortier, The Court of the Sun King takes in the gamut of musical life in this period of exceptional cultural richness.

Praise for some of the
Read more original recordings that make up this set:

Charpentier's Te Deum
The Te Deum...provides a most moving and prayerful moment and the reference to the Virgin... Louis Martini deserves high praise, as also Guy Lambert, the editor of the scores used, for a most attractive and worth-while addition to our knowledge of Charpentier.

– Gramophone [11/1968]

Charptentier's Messe pour les trépassés
The Messe pour les trepasses (Mass for All Soul's Day) is scored for four soloists, four-part double chorus and instruments. In this performance an extended Dies irae is incorporated into the Mass as well as a Motet pour les trepasses, which probably belongs to it... [t]he soloists, choir and orchestra make up quite a powerful team... Michel Corboz injects plenty of life into the choruses...

– Gramophone [2/1987]

Gilles' Messe des morts
The Requiem recorded here has a rather romantic history. It was commissioned from him by the families of two Counsellors of the Toulouse Parliament who had recently died and were to be commemorated with a particularly sumptuous service at St Etienne (the seventeenth century loved funeral pomp). Gilles obliged with the present ambitious work, laid out for five-part chorus, soloists and orchestra, but the commissioners jibbed at the cost of performing it, and Gilles in disgust put it away with the vow that it should never be performed until his own funeral—which happened a good deal sooner than he no doubt expected at the time. Later in the eighteenth century it became a popular favourite (if the words can be applied to a Requiem) in the capital, and was performed, for example, at the funerals of Rameau and of Louis XV. I suspect that this was paradoxically because the style of Gilles's much greater and more sophisticated contemporaries Delalande and Charpentier had come to seem too stiff and formal, altogether too 'Versailles' for mid-eighteenth-century taste. Gilles's simpler, more tuneful, provincial style seemed more sympathetic—as it undoubtedly will to some listeners today too... Fremaux directs the work with a real appreciation of its qualities and a nice sense of appropriate tempo.

– Gramophone [12/1973]

Couperin's Messe pour les convents de religieux et religieuse
Marie-Claire Alain is no stranger to these Organ Masses, having recorded them at least once before and having performed them on many occasions. For her new version, though, she has effectively accommodated alternating plainchant interpolations which bring the music to life by providing the 11 movements with their intended punctuation... [R]eaders are unlikely to be disappointed by Marie-Claire Alain's intuitive revelation of the music's solemnity, nobility of sentiment and eloquence.

– Gramophone [11/1999]

Delalande's Sinfonies pour les soupers du roi
The Concert de trompettes...was, of course, outdoor music; its scoring consists of trumpets, drums, oboes and strings. This is occasional music par excellence evoking our accepted image of the French court of Louis XIV... Paillard...draws some fine playing from his orchestra and there is some splendid trumpet playing from Guy Touvron whose technique I have often admired in other contexts.

– Gramophone [11/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1. Te Deum in D major, H 146 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Georges Abdoun (Bass), Martha Angelici (Soprano), Marie-Claire Alain (Organ),
André Mallabrera (Countertenor), Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Louis Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Chorale des Jeunesses Musicales de France
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
2. Te Deum, LWV 55 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher (Bass), Louis Devos (Tenor), Jennifer Smith (Soprano),
Zeger Vandersteene (Countertenor), Francine Bessac (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1677; France 
3. Magnificat (3), H 79: no 3 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Jean Nirouët (Countertenor), Jan Caals (Tenor), Bernadette Degelin (Soprano),
Kurt Widmer (Bass)
Conductor:  Louis Devos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Polyphonica,  Ghent Madrigal Choir,  Ghent Cantabile
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1689 
4. Messe de minuit pour Noël, H 9 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Jean-Jacques Lesueur (Tenor), Georges Abdoun (Bass), Martha Angelici (Soprano),
André Meurant (Countertenor), Edith Selig (Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Chorale des Jeunesses Musicales de France
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
5. Dialogus inter angelos et pastores Judae in nativitatem Domini, H 420 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  André Meurant (Countertenor), Edith Selig (Soprano), Jocelyne Chamonin (Soprano),
Jean Malray (Tenor), Jacques Mars (Bass)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Stéphane Caillat Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
6. Motet du Saint-Esprit by Nicolas Bernier
Performer:  Jocelyne Chamonin (Soprano), Bernard Fonteny (Cello)
7. Première livre d'orgue: Excerpt(s) by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
8. Messe pour les trépassés, H 2 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor), Philippe Huttenlocher (Baritone), Michel Brodard (Bass),
Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Hannah Schaer (Alto), Fernando Serafim (Tenor),
Karine Rosat (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Corboz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1670; France 
Language: Latin 
9. Prose des morts (Dies irae), H 12 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor), Philippe Huttenlocher (Baritone), Michel Brodard (Bass),
Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Hannah Schaer (Alto), Fernando Serafim (Tenor),
Karine Rosat (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Corboz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; Paris, France 
10. Motet pour les Trépassés, H 311 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher (Baritone), John Elwes (Tenor), Hannah Schaer (Alto),
Fernando Serafim (Tenor), Michel Brodard (Bass), Jennifer Smith (Soprano),
Karine Rosat (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Corboz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1670s; Paris, France 
Language: Latin 
11. Leçons de tenébres by François Couperin
Performer:  Nadine Sautereau (Soprano), Huguette Fernandez (Violin), Janine Collard (Mezzo Soprano),
Marie-Anne Mocquet (Viola Da Gamba), Noëlie Pierront (Organ)
Conductor:  Laurence Boulay
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1717; Paris, France 
12. Audite omnes et expanescite by François Couperin
Performer:  Nadine Sautereau (Soprano), Huguette Fernandez (Violin), Janine Collard (Mezzo Soprano),
Marie-Anne Mocquet (Viola Da Gamba), Noëlie Pierront (Organ)
Conductor:  Laurence Boulay
Period: Baroque 
13. Victoria, Christo resurgenti by François Couperin
Performer:  Nadine Sautereau (Soprano), Huguette Fernandez (Violin), Janine Collard (Mezzo Soprano),
Marie-Anne Mocquet (Viola Da Gamba), Noëlie Pierront (Organ)
Conductor:  Laurence Boulay
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
14. Messe des morts by Jean Gilles
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ), Rémy Corazza (Tenor), André Mallabrera (Countertenor),
Nadine Sautereau (Soprano), Xavier Depraz (Bass)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Philippe Caillard Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1764; France 
15. Leçons de Ténèbres, H 31: no 2, Leçon du Jeudy by Michel Richard Delalande
Performer:  Jean-Louis Charbonnier (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Micaëla Etcheverry (Mezzo Soprano), Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; France 
16. Suite du deuxième ton by Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers
Performer:  Bernard Fonteny (Cello), Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
17. Gloria (Messe Cunctipotens Genitor Deus), for organ: Dialogue sur les Grand Jeux by Nicholas de Grigny
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1699 
18. Mass for Organ no 2 "propre pour les convents de religieux et religieuse" by François Couperin
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; France 
19. Sinfonies pour les soupers du roi: Concert de Trompettes by Michel Richard Delalande
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690-1700; France 
20. Sinfonies pour les soupers du roi: Suite no 7 in A major - Caprice no 1 "de Villers-Cotterêts" by Michel Richard Delalande
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690-1700; France 
21. Sacris solemniis, S 74 by Michel Richard Delalande
Performer:  Edith Selig (Soprano), Roger Soyer (Bass), André Mallabrera (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Stéphane Caillat Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
22. Le Parnasse, ou L'apothéose de Corelli by François Couperin
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Paris, France 
23. Livre de sonates en trio, Op. 1: no 6 by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Philippe Lamacque (Violin), Huguette Fernandez (Violin), Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1705; France 
24. Suite in E minor by Michel de la Barre
Performer:  Maxence Larrieu (Flute)
25. Sarabande and Gigue for Harpsichord by E. Jacquet de La Guerre
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
26. Concerts royaux: Concert no 1 in G major by François Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Paris, France 
27. Pièces de clavecin: Excerpt(s) by Jean-Henri D'Anglebert
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
28. L'Apothéose de Lully by François Couperin
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Paris, France 
29. Premier livre de pièces de clavecin: no 1, Prélude in A minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; France 
30. La Dauphine by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; France 
31. Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 1st Concert - no 2, La Livri by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
32. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: Ordre 6 in B flat major - Les baricades mistérieuses by François Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
33. L'art de toucher le clavecin: Prélude no 7 in B flat major by François Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1716; Paris, France 
34. Pavane by Jacques Chambonnieres
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
35. Volte by Jacques Chambonnieres
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
36. Concertos comiques (25): no 25 "Les sauvages et la Furstemberg" by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
37. Prelude by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
38. Pièces de clavecin, livre I: no 13, La sensible by Joseph Nicolas P. Royer
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; France 
39. Gaillarde by Jean-Henri D'Anglebert
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
40. Pièces de clavecin: Sarabande by Jean-Henri D'Anglebert
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
41. Menuet by Jean-Henri D'Anglebert
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
42. Suites (4) de Pièces de clavecin, Op. 59: Suite no 1 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; France 
43. Prelude for Harpsichord in A minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
44. Pièces de clavecin: no 73, Branle le Basque by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
45. Gigue for Harpsichord in C minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
46. Gaillarde by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
47. Canaries by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord)
48. Concerts royaux: Concert no 4 in E minor by François Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord), Françoise Lengellé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Paris, France 
49. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Ordre 15 in A minor/A major - Muséte de Choisi by François Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord), Françoise Lengellé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Paris, France 
50. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: Ordre 9 in A major/A minor - Allemande by François Couperin
Performer:  Laurence Boulay (Harpsichord), Françoise Lengellé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
51. Isis, LWV 54: Excerpt(s) by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  André Mallabrera (Tenor), Jocelyne Chamonin (Soprano), Nadine Sautereau (Soprano),
Roger Soyer (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Philippe Caillard Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1677; France 
52. Amadis, LWV 63: Suite by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
53. Armide, LWV 71: Excerpt(s) by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  André Mallabrera (Tenor), Jocelyne Chamonin (Soprano), Nadine Sautereau (Soprano),
Roger Soyer (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Philippe Caillard Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1686; France 

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 I Am Not Qualified To Review July 30, 2013 By William R. (Katoomba, New South Wales) See All My Reviews "I like music - good music. The French Baroque gave us good music. I have no qualifications to say any more than That music and various other musics i.e. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninov and others have given me great pleasure in the listening. I don't like most `modern' composers. I rather think it is important to have melody or tune. One of the Strauss family complained that people were whistling his music. Methinks his real complaint might have been that they were whistling it badly or in diverse keys. If you can't whistle it it are not worth listening to. Giving a star rating is perhaps giving a `Hoppy' badge to an engaging child - for encouragement." Report Abuse
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