The Court Of Louis Xiv

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France'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).

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Donald 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).

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The Court of Louis XIV

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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)

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Life 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)