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Lully: Grand Motets Vol 1 / Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel


Release Date: 08/31/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554397   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The court of Louis XIV was a lively and musically thriving place, and Jean-Baptiste Lully, who actually was Italian (Giovanni Battista Lulli) but became a naturalized French citizen, was right in the middle of it. As director of one of the king's orchestras and as Superintendent of the King's Music, Composer of the King's Chamber, and Master of Music of the Royal Family, Lully's job included providing music for various entertainments, mostly ballets and other orchestral and stage works. Sacred choral music came later in Lully's career, and this recording offers three of his most important masterpieces in this genre. The artful use of homophonic and polyphonic sections, double chorus, soloists, and orchestral color combine to give each of Read more these substantial works the dramatic charge and forward-moving energy of a theatrical piece. Le Concert Spirituel, named and fashioned after an 18th-century concert organization that specialized in performance of French "Grands Motets", is an outstanding modern advocate for Lully's music, with fine soloists, an excellent chorus that knows the true meaning of "ensemble", and instrumentalists (and conductor) who understand the importance of rhythm in realizing this music's full effect. I look forward to Volume 2. [11/25/1999]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Te Deum, LWV 55 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1677; France 
2.
Miserere, LWV 25 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1663; France 
3.
Plaude laetare, LWV 37 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1668; France 

Sound Samples

Te Deum: Symphonie
Te Deum: Patrem immensae majestatis
Te Deum: Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes
Te Deum: Salvum fac populum tuum
Te Deum: Dignare, Domine
Te Deum: In Te, Domine, speravi
Miserere: Symphonie
Miserere: Ut justificeris in sermonibus
Miserere: Averte faciem tuam
Miserere: Docebo iniquos vias tuas
Miserere: Benigne fac, Domine
Plaude laetere Gallia: Symphonie
Plaude laetere Gallia: O Jesu vita Precantium
Plaude laetere Gallia: Vivat regnet princeps fidelis

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