Music At Versailles

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Donald Macleod presents music including Morin, Lully and Charpentier.

Donald Macleod meets baroque specialist Olivier Baumont at the Palace of Versailles.

Together they walk through the landscaped elegance of the gardens, famous for their spectacular water features, where three of Louis XIV's biggest outdoor extravaganzas took place.

Donald Macleod explores the music that was performed at the Palace of Versailles before the French Revolution.

He meets baroque specialist Olivier Baumont at the Palace of Versailles.

Together they walk through the landscaped gardens, famous for their spectacular water features, where three of Louis XIV's biggest outdoor extravaganzas took place.

Morin: La Chasse du Cerf (excerpt from Sc 7)

Le Rallye Louvats

Orchestre de Chamber Jean-Francois Paillard

Jean-Francois Paillard (conductor)

Apex 2564 61798-2, Tr 7

Lully, arr d'Anglebert: Air d'Apollon

Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

Lully: Prologue to Alceste (excerpt)

Miriam Ruggeri, Sophie Marin-Degor (soprano)

Ensemble Vocal Sagittarius

La Grande Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy

Jean-Claude Malgoire (director)

Astree E8527, Trs 1 to 4

Lully: Menuet (Airs for trumpets, kettle drums and oboe for the Carousel of Monseigneur); Plaisirs de l'ile enchantee (excerpts)

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director)

Accord 461 811-2, Trs 3; 5-8

DeLalande: Concerts de trompettes

Harmonia Mundi 901303, Trs 1, 2, 4

Charpentier: Le malade imaginaire (excerpt)

Les Musiciens du Louvre

Marc Minkowski (director)

Musifrance 2292-45002-2

Lully: La Grotte de Versailles, eglogue en musique

Iris Julie Hassler, Raphaele Kennedy (soprano)

Francoise masset, Jean-Louis Georgel (baritone)

Philippe Roche (bass)

Accord 461 811-2, Trs 17, 19.

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Donald Macleod with music performed at the Palace of Versailles under Louis XIV and XV.

Donald Macleod visits the Royal Chapel, Grand Apartments and the King's bedroom at the Palace of Versailles with Baroque specialists Olivier Baumont and Hervé Niquet and discovers what kinds of sacred and secular music were written for performance there during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV.

Donald Macleod explores the music that was performed at the Palace of Versailles before the French Revolution.

He visits the Royal Chapel, Grand Apartments and the King's bedroom at the Palace of Versailles with Baroque specialists Olivier Baumont and Herve Niquet, and discovers what kinds of sacred and secular music were written for performance there during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV.

Delalande: Magna opera Domini (Confitebor Tibi Domine)

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (director)

Harmonia Mundi HMC 901351, Tr 24

Desmarest: De Profundis, fiant aures (Psalm 129)

Francois-Nicolas Geslot (tenor)

Le Concert Spirituel

Herve Niquet (director)

Glossa GCD921610, Trs 1-2

Campra: Benedictus Dominos

Accord 472 236-2, Trs 1 to 7

Couperin: La Menetou (Septieme Ordre)

Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

BBC recording

Charpentier: Les plaisirs de Versailles (excerpt)

Sophie Daneman (soprano)

Katalin Karolyi (mezzo-soprano)

Steven Dugardin (countertenor)

Jean-Francois Gardeil (baritone)

Erato 0630 14774-2, Trs 9-14

Couperin: Premier concert (Concerts royaux - excerpt)

Le concert des Nations

Jordi Savall (bass viol/director)

Alia Vox AVSA 9840, Trs 1-2

Marais: Caprice (Pieces for viols)

Sophie Watillon, Friederike Heumann (bass viol)

Xavier Diaz (theorbo)

Evangelina Mascardi (baroque guitar)

Luca Guglielmi (harpsichord)

Alpha 036, Tr 5

de Visee: Gavotte en rondeau et sa contrepartie

Rafae Andia (baroque guitar)

HMX 2908147.79, CD2, Tr 9.

Donald Macleod explores music performed at the Palace of Versailles under Louis XIV and XV

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Donald Macleod visits the Grande Ecurie, which hosted spectacular theatrical shows.

Today Donald Macleod pays a visit to the Grande Écurie, home of the King's horses and the musicians of the Grande Écurie.

There was no permanent theatre at the Palace, so the stables also played host to several spectacular theatrical shows.

The musicians had to play at outdoors events but were also required to play during the King's supper and for big celebrations in the Royal Chapel.

With Hervé Niquet and Olivier Baumont.

Donald Macleod is joined by Herve Niquet and Olivier Baumont to explore the music that was performed at the Palace of Versailles before the French Revolution.

He visits some places of musical activity, including the Grande Ecurie, home of the King's horses, plus equerries, stablemen, musicians and pageboys.

Lully: Persee (excerpts)

Les Chantres de la Chapelle Royale de Versailles

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset (director)

Naive Astree E8874, CD1, Trs 5, 11

Hottetterre: Sonata en trio

Marco Brolli (flute)

Franco Pavan (theorbo)

Michele Barchi (harpsichord)

Musica Antique GS 201035, Trs 26-29

Rameau: La princesse de Navarre (Act 1)

Marilyn Hill-Smith (soprano)

Michael Goldthorpe (tenor)

English Bach Festival Singers and Baroque Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Erato 0630 129886-2, Trs 2-9

Delalande: Caprice que le roi demandant souvent

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director)

Harmonia Mundi 901303, CD2, Tr 23

Rebel: Violin Sonata

Andrew Manze (violin)

Richard Egarr (harpsichord)

Jaap ter Linden (viola da gamba)

Harmonia Mundi 907221, Trs 1-3

Rameau: Les fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour (excerpt)

Les Talen Lyriques

Decca 455 293-2, Tr 15.

Donald Macleod visits the Grande Ecurie, which played host to spectacular theatrical shows

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Donald Macleod visits the location favoured by Louis XV's wife for her musical soirees.

At the Palace of Versailles, Donald Macleod visits the Peace Drawing Room favoured by Louis XV's wife Marie Leszczynska for her musical soirées and the famous Hall of Mirrors, where Louis XIV met Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson d'Étoilles, soon to be Madame de Pompadour, at the Yew Tree Ball.

With Olivier Baumont.

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Donald Macleod is joined by Olivier Baumont to explore the music that was performed at the Palace of Versailles before the French Revolution.

He visits the Peace Drawing Room, favoured by Louis XV's wife Marie Leszczynska for her musical soirees and the famous Hall of Mirrors, where Louis XIV met Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson d'Etoilles, who became Madame de Pompadour, at the Yew Tree Ball.

Rameau: Air polonois

Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

BBC Recording

Daquin: Premiere Suite (excerpt)

Temperament-Radio France TEM 316026/27, CD1, Trs 2, 3, 6

Campra: L'Europe galante (Prologue; Overture; La France)

Rachel Yakar (soprano)

La Petite Bande

Gustav Leonhardt (director)

DHM CD2, Trs 4, 6

Rameau: Platee Suite (excerpt)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Conifer Classics 605 51313 2, Trs 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 3

Mondonville: Regna, terra, Cantate Deo

Judith Nelson (soprano)

William Christie (harpsichord)

Stanley Ritchie (violin)

Harmonia Mundi 1951045, Tr 1

Mozart: Sonata in D, K7

Donald Macleod visits the location favoured by Louis XV's wife for her musical soirees.

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Donald Macleod visits the mansion which Louis XVI gave to his wife Marie-Antoinette.

Across the park at the Palace of Versailles is the mansion which Louis XVI gave his wife Marie-Antoinette.

A keen musician, she had a tiny theatre built there and took great pleasure in performing in stage productions with her inner circle of friends.

With Hervé Niquet and Olivier Baumont.

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Donald Macleod is joined by Herve Niquet and Olivier Baumont to explore the music that was performed at the Palace of Versailles before the French Revolution.

He visits the mansion which Louis XVI gave to his wife Marie-Antoinette.

A keen musician, she had a tiny theatre built there and took great pleasure in performing in stage productions with her inner circle of friends.

Francesco Petrini (1744-1819): Rondo (Troisieme Duo pour deux Harpes, Op 31)

Mara Galassi, Gabriella Bosio (harps)

Glossa C81302, Tr 14

Gretry: L'amitie a epreuve