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Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme / Divertissement Royal / Alceste / L'Amour Médecin CD

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  • Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B000031WY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,013 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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What is it that makes French baroque music so unmistakable? You only have to listen to a minute or two of this disc to recognise its nationality, even if guessing the composer is more difficult. Perhaps it's the instrumental colour, as many-hued as the finest embroidered cloth, perhaps it's the juxtaposition of the most stately overtures--full of brass flourishes and dignified pomp--with the liveliest dance movements. Indeed, so French is this music in style, that it's of little consequence that Lully was actually Italian-born (though French trained). These three suites were all composed for the court of Louis XIV, a great patron of the arts and in his time an enthusiastic dancer. Le divertissement royal is as gilded and magnificently over-the-top as the Versailles festivities it was designed to celebrate (just sample the magnificent trumpets in track 11) while Le bourgeois gentilhomme, was Lully's most spectacular collaboration with Molière in a form that combined music and drama (sample the Turkish ceremony in track 4 or track 8, a ceremonial and gracious end to the suite). The suite from the opera Alceste makes a fittingly rich finale, ranging wide from the dramatic possibilities of "Echos" (track 23) to the overcast "La pompe funèbre". The playing from Jordi Savall and his band is terrific: vivid, perfectly drilled and endlessly responsive to the theatrical possibilities of this effervescent music, a feature brought to the fore by the excellent recording. --Harriet Smith


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