Court Of Louis Xiv, The

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0120050801France's 'Sun King' surrounded himself with music and enlisted an army of musicians to adorn what became the most magnificent court in Europe.|Presented by Donald Macleod.|Delalande: Prélude avec les trompettes|La Simphonie du Marais|Hugo Reyne (conductor)|Delalande: 6th Suite: Airs du Ballet de Flore ou de Trianon|Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Suite in Gm|Carole Cerasi (harpsichord)|Lully: Ballet Royal de Flore (excerpts)|Visée: Pièces en ré mineur|Rafael Andia (baroque guitar).
0220050802Donald Macleod recounts how the influence of fashionable Italian opera gave way to a uniquely French musical style under the guiding hand of the King's favourite composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully.|Pinel: Sarabande in C|Jane Chapman (harpsichord)|Rossi: Orfeo: Lasciate Averno, o pene, e me seguite|Ellen Hargis (soprano)|The King's Noyse|David Douglass (director)|Lully: Ballet de Xerxes|Aradia Baroque Ensemble|Kevin Mallon (director)|Charpentier: Sola vivebat in antris Magdalena lugens|Judith Nelson (soprano)|René Jacobs (counter-tenor/director)|Concerto Vocale|Lully: Alceste, Act V (excerpts)|Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone)|Colette Alliot-Lugaz (soprano)|Howard Crook (tenor)|Ensemble Vocal Sagittarius|La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy|Jean-Claude Malgoire (conductor).
032005080320050810The Court of Louis XIV|3/5.|At Versailles, some 20,000 staff and courtiers were kept under the watchful eye of their King while he diverted them with a constant round of entertainments.|Presented by Donald Macleod.|Philidor: La Mariage de la Grosse Cathos: Air|London Oboe Band|Paul Goodwin (director)|Lully: Persée: Prologue (extract)|Laurent Slaars (tenor)|Robert Getchell (high-tenor)|Béatrice Mayo Felip (soprano)|Les Talens Lyriques|Christophe Rousset (director)|Hotteterre: 2 Airs Serieux|Wilbert Hazelzet (traverse)|Jaap ter Linden (viola da gamba)|Konrad JungHänel (theorbo)|Jacques Ogg (harpsichord)|Delalande: De Profundis, S23|Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra|Jeffrey Skidmore (director)|Lully: Isis: Scene du froid, scene des forges|Sophie Daneman (soprano)|Paul Agnew (tenor)|Les Arts Florissants|William Christie (director)
042005080420050811Life at Versailles was a constant round of entertainment and extravagance and on special occasions, Louis' courtiers could look forward to his Grand Divertissements.|Presented by Donald Macleod.|Philidor: La Marche Royal|La Simphonie du Marais|Hugo Reyne (director)|Lully: Psyché; Prélude pour les trompettes; Chantons les plaisirs charmants|Les Arts Florissants|William Christie (director)|Lully: Le Divertissement Royal; Danse de Neptune; Les suivants de Neptune; Symphonie des Plaisirs; Prélude des Trompettes; Les Hommes et Femmes armés|Le Concert des Nations|Jordi Savall (director)|Desmarest: Te Deum de Paris|Le Concert Spirituel|Hervé Niquet (director)