Les Funerailles Royales de Louis XIV / Pichon, Pygmalion

Release Date: 4/6/2018
Catalog Number: HMD9909056
Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pygmalion
Number of Discs: 2

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$33.99
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 November 2015.

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