Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles; Les Arts Florissants

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In 2015 our most recent Charpentier recording to date, La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with young soloists and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, received the Grammy Award for the »Best Opera Production« of the preceding year and Gramophone’s »Editor’s Choice.« Our new CD featuring two »mini-operas« by Charpentier again offers enthralling performances of this court music of charming dance character and elegance. In contrast to Charpentier’s other operas, Les Plaisirs de Versailles is directly associated with Louis XIV. The title of the manuscript score registers very clearly and unmistakably what is involved in this composition, and its equation of the »plaisirs,« the »pleasures,« with the king’s residence not only serves to reveal the subject but also the context: on the one hand, the work describes the pleasures that could be experienced in the royal palace; on the other hand, it itself is supposed to be one of these pleasures. Once again a beautiful and top-quality work from opera history is made available to listeners of the twenty-first century: “An important addition to the Charpentier discography” (Toccata).
Item number 555283-2
Barcode 761203528325
Release date 02/08/2019
Category CD
Label CPO Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Wakim, Teresa
Mcstoots, Jason
Sheehan, Aaron
Ward, John Taylor
Blumberg, Jesse
Warnken, Virginia
Rood, Margot
Netter, Molly
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal and Chamber Ense
Composers Charpentier, Marc-Antoine
Conductors Mealy, Robert
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