Michel-Richard Delalande is regarded as one of the great composers of the French Baroque, and so it is not surprising that our prizewinning Boston Early Music Ensemble has now turned to him. Along with his many sacred works, Delalande also wrote for the various court occasions that required secular music. Les Fontaines de Versailles, the work occupying a central position on this release, above all contributed to Delalande's increasing popularity. It was performed on 5 April 1683, some weeks before Delalande was appointed to the coveted post of "Sous-maître de Chapelle." After the court had settled in Versailles with King Louis XIV in 1682, it's musical microcosm also experienced a renewal. Les Fontaines de Versailles numbered among Delalande's efforts to produce an oeuvre perfectly tailored for Versailles, both in it's form as well as in it's poetic content, thereby demonstrating his skill as a composer of »French music« and displaying it in a proper light for the king. It is with refined sophistication that Les Fontaines de Versailles evokes the special relationship between the king and his gardens. Delalande beyond doubt occupied the first place among Louis XIV's favorites: in 1689 the king named the thirty-one-year-old his "Surintendant de la Musique de la Chambre," a post that before only Jean-Baptiste Lully and then one of his sons had held.
Michel-Richard Delalande is regarded as one of the great composers of the French Baroque, and so it is not surprising that our prizewinning Boston Early Music Ensemble has now turned to him. Along with his many sacred works, Delalande also wrote for the various court occasions that required secular music. Les Fontaines de Versailles, the work occupying a central position on this release, above all contributed to Delalande's increasing popularity. It was performed on 5 April 1683, some weeks before Delalande was appointed to the coveted post of "Sous-maître de Chapelle." After the court had settled in Versailles with King Louis XIV in 1682, it's musical microcosm also experienced a renewal. Les Fontaines de Versailles numbered among Delalande's efforts to produce an oeuvre perfectly tailored for Versailles, both in it's form as well as in it's poetic content, thereby demonstrating his skill as a composer of »French music« and displaying it in a proper light for the king. It is with refined sophistication that Les Fontaines de Versailles evokes the special relationship between the king and his gardens. Delalande beyond doubt occupied the first place among Louis XIV's favorites: in 1689 the king named the thirty-one-year-old his "Surintendant de la Musique de la Chambre," a post that before only Jean-Baptiste Lully and then one of his sons had held.
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Rel. Date: 02/05/2021
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Les Fontaines de Versailles
Artist: Lalande
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1. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133: Ouverture
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2. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 1: D'où Vient Que Dans Ces Lieux
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3. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 2: Arrête Ici, Mon Fils
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4. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 2: Venez, Venez
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5. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 3: Déesse On Attendait Ici Votre Présence
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6. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 3: Arbres, Jardins
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7. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 3: Jeunes Zéphyrs
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8. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 3: Chaconne
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9. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 4: Je Suis Ce Géant Malheureux
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10. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 5: Il Est Donc De Retour
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11. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 5: Pour Jouir Quelques Fois De Sa Noble Présence
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12. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 5: Plaintes, Regrets
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13. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 5: Qu'on Ne Parle Plus De Tristesse !
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14. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 6: Déesse Nous Voici
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15. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 6: Heureux Séjour
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16. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 6: Finissons Nos Concerts !
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17. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 6: Je Goûte La Douceur De Mon Heureux Partage
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18. Les Fontaines De Versailles, S. 133, Scene 6: Finissons Nos Concerts, Finissons Nos Concerts !
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19. Suite No. 7 In G Minor, S. 161 "Grande Pièce Royale": Un Peu Lent
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20. Suite No. 7 In G Minor, S. 161 "Grande Pièce Royale": Fugato
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21. Suite No. 7 In G Minor, S. 161 "Grande Pièce Royale": Doucement
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22. Suite No. 7 In G Minor, S. 161 "Grande Pièce Royale": Gracieusement
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23. Suite No. 7 In G Minor, S. 161 "Grande Pièce Royale": Gayement
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24. Suite No. 7 In G Minor, S. 161 "Grande Pièce Royale": Vivement
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25. Concert D'esculape, S. 134: Ouverture
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26. Concert D'esculape, S. 134: Esculape Aujourd'hui Triomphe Du Tombeau
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27. Concert D'esculape, S. 134: Apollon Qui Chérit Sa Science Profonde
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28. Concert D'esculape, S. 134: Simphonie De Violons Et Flûtes - Dans Ce Qu'il Entreprend La Nature Timide
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29. Concert D'esculape, S. 134: Il Est Le Choix Du Plus Grand Des Monarques
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30. Concert D'esculape, S. 134: Publions Ses Vertus Et Qu'aucun Ne S'étonne
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Michel-Richard Delalande is regarded as one of the great composers of the French Baroque, and so it is not surprising that our prizewinning Boston Early Music Ensemble has now turned to him. Along with his many sacred works, Delalande also wrote for the various court occasions that required secular music. Les Fontaines de Versailles, the work occupying a central position on this release, above all contributed to Delalande's increasing popularity. It was performed on 5 April 1683, some weeks before Delalande was appointed to the coveted post of "Sous-maître de Chapelle." After the court had settled in Versailles with King Louis XIV in 1682, it's musical microcosm also experienced a renewal. Les Fontaines de Versailles numbered among Delalande's efforts to produce an oeuvre perfectly tailored for Versailles, both in it's form as well as in it's poetic content, thereby demonstrating his skill as a composer of »French music« and displaying it in a proper light for the king. It is with refined sophistication that Les Fontaines de Versailles evokes the special relationship between the king and his gardens. Delalande beyond doubt occupied the first place among Louis XIV's favorites: in 1689 the king named the thirty-one-year-old his "Surintendant de la Musique de la Chambre," a post that before only Jean-Baptiste Lully and then one of his sons had held.