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Les Funerailles Royales de Louis XIV / Pichon, Pygmalion


Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 9909056  
Composer:  AnonymousJean ColinAndré Danican PhilidorMichel-Richard d Lalande,   ... 
Performer:  Samuel BodenCéline ScheenLucile RichardotMarc Mauillon,   ... 
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The funeral of Louis XIV mirrored his reign: grandiose and filled with pathos. For this video, Raphaël Pichon has chosen the setting of the Chapelle Royale in Versailles, built for the Sun King, to present a musical reconstruction of the event, with chiaroscuro lighting designs by Bertrand Couderc. Solemn motets like the De profundis and Dies irae of Michel-Richard de Lalande and the poignant Marche funèbre pour le Convoy d Roy by André Danican Philidor are juxtaposed with rarely heard music by Jean Colin, Louis Chein and Charles d'Helfer. This outstanding performance by Pygmalion was filmed on the occasion of the tercentenary of the event in
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REVIEW:

The tercentenary of the Sun King's exequies was a perfect opportunity for a commemorative concert filmed at Chapelle Royale in Versailles. In numerous ways, this is not a reconstruction but instead a quasi-liturgical presentation that places two magnificent grands motets by Lalande among plenty of plainchant.

This conjectural fantasy affords creative license for Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon to create a beguilingly musical experience. The elegantly sensual orchestral playing and choral singing are sensational from start to finish. Five soloists sing with impeccable gracefulness and fluency.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Subvenite sancti Dei by Anonymous
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Medieval 
2.
Miserere, faux-bourdon à 6 voix by Jean Colin
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
3.
Libera me by Anonymous
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Medieval 
4.
Marche funèbre pour le Convoi du Roy by André Danican Philidor
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Classical 
5.
De Profondis, S. 23 by Michel-Richard d Lalande
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
6.
Subvenite sancti Dei by Anonymous
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Medieval 
7.
Ne recorderis by Louis Chein
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
8.
Qui Lazarum resuscitasti by Anonymous
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
9.
Dirige Domine by Anonymous
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
10.
Pie Jesu by Jean Colin
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
11.
Dies Irae by Michel-Richard d Lalande
Performer:  Samuel Boden (Tenor), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Alto),
Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion

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 Spiritually Moving Performances June 8, 2018 By M. Ritchie (Russellville, AR) See All My Reviews "The editing and camerawork on this beautifully sung performance of pieces for the Funeral of Louis XIV will astound any classical music fan, especially those who adore the baroque. The reverential stillness of the candle-lit procession yields to a reverential compassion that is quite moving." Report Abuse
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