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Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles


Release Date: 05/05/2017 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 969  
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierJean-Baptiste LullyJoseph-Nicolas-Pancrace RoyerJean-Marie Leclair,   ... 
Performer:  Emmanuelle De NegriSébastien D'HérinBenoît ArnouldChantal Santon-Jeffery
Conductor:  Vincent DumestreSkip SempéMichael GreenbergSébastien D'Hérin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella CracoviensisLe Poème HarmoniqueCapriccio Stravagante,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Waterfalls and cascades, gushing fountains, canals, pools, grottoes and lily ponds, miroirs d'eau calmly reflecting the light: the water displays at Versailles are as varied as the secrets of its groves. They express the genius of the landscape architect Le Nôtre, who wanted water features and sculptures to decorate and animate the gardens he designed. For thirty years, Versailles and its gardens were expressions of the king's power and of his tastes. Louis would go out walking in the park each day, building up his dream, and even before the palace was furnished, the layout of the walks and groves was a constant priority. At Versailles we find Apollo, the sun god, riding his chariot amidst the spray, Neptune, the god of water and the Read more sea, unleashing a storm, Enceladus punished for challenging Jupiter, the king of the gods...ancient mythology is used to express the greatness of Louis XIV. And the visitor today has the extraordinary experience of following an itinerary, punctuated by 'water effects', that was chosen by the sovereign himself. Fouquet, the king's former minister of finance, who spent the last years of his life in prison, was unable to believe that water would ever reach Versailles: 'Comment étaient les grandes eaux à cette fête du roi?' (How were the grandes eaux at the king's celebration?), he asks disparagingly and with resentment in Paul Morand's novel of 1961. The king watned water to be everywhere, and it is still everywhere to this day. The Grandes Eaux - when all the fountains are working - was Louis XIV's dream. Accompanied by music that was heard at Versailles for two hundred years, the event reflects the celebrations of centuries past. Sometimes, on summer evenings, lights, laster systems and fireworks are used to make the magic of the gardens even more bewitching. Entertainments organized in the gardens by Château de Versailles Spectacles take into consideration the original intentions of the Sun King and his artists. The gardens have been extensively restored. The Latona Basin has recovered its original splendor in 2015, when the Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau (the Water Theatre grove) is also brought back to life, in a reinterpretation by Louis Benech and Jean-Michel Othoniel. The magic is perpetuated! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Te Deum in D major, H 146 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Cracoviensis,  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
2.
Le bourgeois gentihomme, LWV 43: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
3.
Le bourgeois gentihomme, LWV 43: Reprise de la marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
4.
Pyrrhus: Portons partout l'horreur by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer
Performer:  Emmanuelle De Negri (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Greenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Enfants D'Apollon
5.
Scylla et Glaucus, Op. 11: Overture by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Sébastien D'Hérin (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sébastien D'Hérin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Nouveaux Caractères
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1746; France 
6.
Scylla & Glaucus: Act 5. Scenes 2 & 3 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Sébastien D'Hérin (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sébastien D'Hérin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Nouveaux Caractères
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1746; France 
7.
Tancrède: Sombres forêts, asiles redoutables by André Campra
Performer:  Benoît Arnould (Baritone)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Temps Présents
8.
Tancrède: Quel bruit! Quels cris! O mortelles allarmes! by André Campra
Performer:  Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Soprano)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Temps Présents
9.
Dardanus: Overture by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739/1744; France 
10.
Dardanus: Chaconne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739/1744; France 
11.
Dardanus: Tambourins I and II by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739/1744; France 
12.
Persée: Airs pour la dispute des prix de la lutte et de l'arc by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Spirituel Orchestra
13.
Persée, LWV 60: Deuxième air pour les cyclopes by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Spirituel Orchestra
14.
Persée, LWV 60: Entrée des nymphes guerrières by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Spirituel Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; France 
15.
Persée, LWV 60: Entrée des divinités infernales by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Spirituel Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; France 
16.
Concerti ecclesistici: Omnes gentes plaudites manibus by Giovanni Bassano
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
17.
Te Deum pour les victoires de Louis XV: Te Ergo Quaesumus by Henri Madin
Conductor:  Daniel Cuiller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stradivaria Ensemble,  Les Cris de Paris
18.
Te Deum pour les victoires de Louis XV: Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim by Henri Madin
Conductor:  Daniel Cuiller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stradivaria Ensemble,  Les Cris de Paris
19.
Requem in C Minor: Sequentia by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Spirituel Orchestra,  Concert Spirituel Chorus

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