The Versailles Revolution: Lully, Muffat, Marais (CD)

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Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Barthold Kuijken

The Italian-born violinist and dancer Jean-Baptiste Lully revolutionised music at the French court in the 17th century (see The Lully Effect, 8573867). not only did he transform ballet entertainments into a spectacular new genre, the tragédie lyrique, but he set new standards in orchestral playing - with him the ‘modern’ orchestra was born. The Suite from Roland exemplifies the majesty of his ouvertures, the beauty of his dance movements and the expressive depth of his chaconnes. Both Georg Muffat and Marin Marais were profoundly influenced by Lully, as their inventive suites show, and Muffat’s own preserved performance instructions have been closely followed on this recording.

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Jean-Baptiste Lully
Roland (excerpts)
1. Prologue: Ouverture
2. Prologue: Gigue
3. Act II Scene 5: Gavotte - Air - Gavotte (da capo)
4. Act II Scene 5: 2nd Air
5. Act IV Scene 3: Marche
6. Act IV Scene 3: Menuet I - II - I (da capo)
7. Act III Scene 6: Chaconne

Georg Muffat
Florilegium secundum: Fasciculus I, "Nobilis Juventus"
8. I. Ouverture
9. II. Entrée d'Espagnols
10. III. Air pour des Hollandois
11. IV. Gigue pour des Anglois
12. V. Gavotte pour des Italiens
13. VI. Menuet I pour des François - Menuet II - Menuet I (da capo)

Marin Marais
Ariane et Bacchus Suite
14. Prologue: Ouverture
15. Prologue: Premier air pour la suitte de la nymphe
16. Prologue: Bourée pour les mesmes - Air - Bourée (da capo)
17. Prologue: Gigue
18. Prologue: Air
19. Prologue: Rondeau pour les Plaisirs
20. Act II Scene 5: Marche pour la suitte de Bacchus
21. Act III Scene 6: Simphonie du sommeil
22. Act III Scene 6: Air pour les songes
23. Act III Scene 6: Air pour les flûtes
24. Act III Scene 8: Entracte
25. Act II Scene 6: Chaconne