Les Plaisirs du Louvre: Airs de cour for Louis XIII | Harmonia Mundi HMM905320

Les Plaisirs du Louvre: Airs de cour for Louis XIII

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM905320

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th March 2020



Before Versailles, the epicentre of power in the Kingdom of France was the Louvre – a genuine theatre of ceremonies where music was duty-bound to impress with its magnificence.

In the reign of Louis XIII, the air de cour and ballet mobilized the elite of composers such as Moulinié, Guédron and Chancy.

The most famous of them, Boësset, guided the polyphonic air inherited from the Renaissance towards a more intimate conception: far from the sumptuous splendours to come in the shadow of the Sun King, it is a rich array of delicately chiseled miniatures that the combined talents of the Ensemble Correspondances give us the opportunity to hear today.

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