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Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles

William Christie Audio CD

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Listen  1. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : OvertureWilliam Christie 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Que Tout Cède Aux Douceurs De Mes Accords Charmants" [La Musique, Chorus]William Christie 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Quel Objet Importun À Mes Yeux Se Présente?" [La Musique, La Conversation]William Christie 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Amour, Viens Animer Ma Voix" [La Musique, La Conversation]William Christie 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Ah, Que Cette Chute Est Heureuse" [La Musique, La Conversation]William Christie0:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : MenuetWilliam Christie0:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "De Grâce, Encore Cette Courante!" [La Musique, La Conversation]William Christie 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Venez, Dieu Des Festins" [Un Plaisir, Comus, La Musique, La Conversation]William Christie 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Si Les Cartes, Les Dés" [Le Jeu, Chorus]William Christie 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Pour Vous Apaiser Donc, Belles, Que Faut-Il Faire?" [Le Jeu, Comus, La Musique, La Conversation, Chorus]William Christie 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Déesse Des Discours, Cette Tasse En Est Pleine" [Comus, La Conversation, La Musique]William Christie 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Ah! Que Ce Chocolat Foisonne" [La Conversation, La Musique]William Christie 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Apprenez Qu'à La Cour On S'accommode Aux Gens" [La Conversation, Chorus]William Christie 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Charpentier : Les Plaisirs De Versailles : "Déesse Un Peu Trop Chatouilleuse" [La Musique, La Conversation, Chorus]William Christie 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Charpentier : Airs Sure Les Stances Du Cid : 1 "Percé Jusques Au Fond Du Coeur"William Christie 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Charpentier : Airs Sure Les Stances Du Cid : 2 "Que Je Sens De Rudes Combats"William Christie 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Charpentier : Airs Sure Les Stances Du Cid : 3 "Père, Maîtresse, Honneur, Amour"William Christie 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : PreludeWilliam Christie0:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "All'armi!" [Eurilla, Filli]William Christie 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Godero, Mi Dice Amore" [Linco]William Christie 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Non Disperi Un Cor Amante" [Chorus]William Christie 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Ohimé, Compagni!" [Linco, Chorus]William Christie 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Andate, Cercate" [Filli]William Christie 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Soccorso, Dei, Soccorso!" [Eurilla, Filli, Pan]William Christie 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Viva Linco, Silvio Viva" [Chorus]William Christie 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Charpentier : Amor Vince Ogni Cosa : "Amanti Godete" [Pan, Chorus]William Christie 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 

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CD William Christie/Les Arts Florissants

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 9 Oct 2000
By "hcf" - Published on
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I meant to write a review of this recording when I first got it, but somehow never got around to it. Then I listened to this CD again and got reminded how good it really was. This is an example of quintessential Les Arts Florissants, a group that is best known for their eye-opening recordings of French baroque repertoir. In fact, their very name derives from an eponymous French masque by M-A Charpentier. The CD contains a delightful selection of several of Charpentier's small-scale pieces. The crown jewel is the song cycle Airs sur les Stances du Cid, superbly sung by Paul Agnew. Agnew's voice, naturally expressive and capable of effortlessly soaring high notes, is exactly the kind of voice to do justice to this haute-contre piece. The other two works on this CD are short masques. Les Plaisirs de Versailles (possibly composed for the performance at the king's apartments) is an allegorical contest between Music and Conversation each of whom argues that she is more important to human pleasure. The clever, often tongue-in-cheek, musical writing is given the most idiomatic expression imaginable. Amor Vince Ogni Cosa is an Italianate pastorale, with the usual shepherds and shepherdesses receiving a lesson in love from Pan. Despite the lightness of message, the pastorale is superb musically. Its opening duet in nimble Italianate thirds, and the closing five-part chorus are especially memorable.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical noises spoil an otherwise-excellent disc. 8 Sep 2003
By Sir Cecil - Published on
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It is rare that I would give a Christie disc less than top marks. However, there is an unacceptable amount of distracting "clicking" marring the title piece of this CD. This is especially disconcerting if listening on headphones. I assume it is a closely-miked and mechanically-troublesome wind instrument that is to blame, but it is so repetitious, it spoils the enjoyment of several of the 14 tracks making up the beautiful "Les Plaisirs De Versailles."
Fortunately, the other two works do not suffer a similar fate. The relatively brief "Airs Sur Les Stances Du Cid" is very attractive and is sung by the excellent Paul Agnew.
The final piece, "Amor Vince Ogni Cosa," is splendidly realized, with all the attributes we normally expect from Christie and his team.
A pity that this CD must be marked down by one star due to the irritating noises that dilute the pleasures of the early part of the disc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying Tip, Great Deal > Amazon has a 4-CD box set including this CD 3 Aug 2013
By Thomas Ramey - Published on
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This CD is included in a 4-cd box set, from Amazon, for $24.99 ($6.25 per CD!)(August 2013 $). Search Amazon using "William Christie Conducts Charpentier" (product title) or better yet just put in the ASIN number B0002ZBSGS (note 'O's are always zero's in the ASIN Amazon Standard Identification Number). All 4 CD's are outstanding Charpentier disc's. Happy Listening!
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful, lyrical, elegant, and proportioned 26 Feb 2012
By C. B Collins Jr. - Published on
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Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the French Baroque composer, is performed by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants with utmost skill and sensitivity. The attention to detail and scale allows the listener to hear what the aristocracy of Louis XIV's France would have enjoyed. Charpentier is known primarily as a composer of sacred music which was due to his appointments and patronage which included the pious Mademoiselle de Guise, then appointments as music master at the Church of St. Louis in Paris, then as music master for the chapel of the Grand Dauphin, and then as music master for Sainte-Chapelle.

The greatest number of his works, around 500, is sacred music but he also
composed in other genres, examples of which are found on this excellent CD. It is noteworthy that he also collaborated with Moliere's Troupe du Roy company. The three selections here are operatic but have a single act and are less than a half hour in length. The themes of these selections are the arts and pleasures of leisure. There is some acknowledgement of the greatness of the king but these pass briefly and do not constitute a major theme. It is thought that the Pleasures of Versailles was written for private performance before the king in his royal apartments since the lyrics at one point address him directly.

Music and Conversation argue in the Pleasures of Versailles as to which is the most pleasurable and they are mediated with chocolate pastries and wine. This doesn't work but eventually everyone is reconciled. The lyrics are witty but the soprano Music and the mezzo-soprano Conversation are exceptional. They are joined by Comus, a baritone, and Games, a tenor.

A passage from Le Cid is sung by Paul Agnew. Agnew is exceptional, both perfectly controlled and expressive. The speaker in this selection is Don Rodrigo, a Spanish national hero, who is in a difficult situation since the murderer of his father turns out to be the father of his beloved.

Pastoralettta, a work in Italian, begins with a wonderful two soprano passage
followed by Paul Agnew's response. It is not to have been intended for the stage, it is brief, but was meant for only five singers with minimal accompaniment. The story is of two young women, one of which has a lamb pursued by a wolf and the other is pursed herself by a bear. They appeal to Pan who tells them that their shepherd admirers will save them and they should be rewarded with love.
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