Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIV (DVD+Blu-ray)

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Artist:
Céline Scheen, Lucile Richardot, Samuel Boden, Marc Mauillon, Christian Immler, Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

The funeral of Louis XIV mirrored his reign: grandiose and filled with pathos. Raphaël Pichon has chosen the setting of the Chapelle Royale in Versailles, built ‘for the use’ of the Sun King, to present a musical reconstruction of the event, with chiaroscuro lighting designs by Bertrand Couderc. Solemn grands motets like the De profundis and Dies irae of Michel-Richard de Lalande and the poignant Marche funèbre pour le Convoy du Roy by André Danican Philidor are juxtaposed with rarely heard music by Jean Colin, Louis Chein and Charles d’Helfer. An outstanding performance by Pygmalion, filmed on the occasion of the tercentenary of the event, in November 2015.

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Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine

April 2018 DVD of the Month

"A beguilingly dolorous musical experience… Pygmalion’s elegantly sensual orchestral playing and choral singing are sensational from start to finish. Five soloists sing with impeccable gracefulness and fluency… There is vitality in Pygmalion’s broadly emotive phrasing, thrilling harmonic tensions in choral climaxes, and a sculpted expression of refined catharsis."

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Tracklisting:

À la chapelle ardente & Au pied du Grand Degré

Anonyme

  1. Subvenite Sancti Dei (plain-chant)

JEAN COLIN (16..-1694?)

  1. De profundis (faux-bourdon)

Anonyme

  1. Libera me Domine (plain-chant)

Marche pour le Convoy du Roy

ANDRÉ DANICAN PHILIDOR (1652?-1730)

  1. Marche pour les Pompes funèbres des cérémonies extraordinaires

À Saint-Denis : les obsèques solennelles

Office des morts

MICHEL-RICHARD DE LALANDE (1657-1726)

  1. De Profundis [S23i]

Absoute & Mise au caveau

Anonyme

  1. Subvenite Sancti Dei (plain-chant)

LOUIS CHEIN (1637-1694)

  1. Ne recorderis

Anonyme

  1. Qui Lazarum resuscitasti (plain-chant)

LOUIS CHEIN

  1. Dirige Domine

CHARLES D'HELFER (1598-1661)

  1. Pie Jesu

Anonyme

  1. In paradisum (plain-chant)

Dernier adieu & Hommage

MICHEL-RICHARD DE LALANDE

  1. La Grande pièce royale [S161] ou Caprice que le Roy demandoit souvent
  2. (extr. Cinquième suite des Symphonies pour les soupers du roi)

Bout de l'an

MICHEL-RICHARD DE LALANDE

  1. Dies Iræ [S31]
  2. Partie I - Dies irae, dies illa
  3. Partie II - Juste judex ultionis