Les Funerailles Royales de Louis XIV (DVD + Blu-ray) | Harmonia Mundi HMD990905657

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

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMD990905657

Format: DVD + Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd February 2018

Contents

Artists

Celine Scheen
Lucile Richardot
Samuel Boden
Marc Mauillon
Christian Immler
Pygmalion

Conductor

Raphael Pichon

Artists

Celine Scheen
Lucile Richardot
Samuel Boden
Marc Mauillon
Christian Immler
Pygmalion

Conductor

Raphael Pichon

About

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.

Reviews

Pygmalion’s elegantly sensual orchestral playing and choral singing are sensational from start to finish. Five soloists sing with impeccable gracefulness and fluency, such as Samuel Boden, Marc Mauillon and Christian Immler’s sweetly plangent trio (‘Lacrymosa’) in Lalande’s extraordinary Dies irae. There is vitality in Pygmalion’s broadly emotive phrasing, thrilling harmonic tensions in choral climaxes, and a sculpted expression of refined catharsis.  David Vickers
Gramophone April 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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