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Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire, music and dances / William Christie, Les Arts Florissants

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  1. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, prologue: Ouverture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: "Quittez, quittez vos troupeaux" (Flore) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: "Ah ! quelle douce nouvelle !" (Tous) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: Autre entrée de Ballet. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: "De vos flûtes bocagères" (Flore) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: Combat. Air de violons $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: "Laissez, laissez bergers" (Pan) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Eglogue en musique et en danse: Dernière et grande entrée de ballet. Air des satyres $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Premier intermède: "Notte e di" (Spacamond) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Premier intermède: "Zerbinetti" (Une vieille) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Premier intermède: Fantaisie sans les interruptions "O amour" (Polichinelle) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Premier intermède: Fantaisie avec les interruptions. "Quelle impertinente harmonie" (Polichinelle) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Premier intermède: Air pour les Croquignoles $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Premier intermède: Ballet. Loure. Air des Archers $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Petit opéra impromptu: "Monsieur, faites un peu chanter ma fille" (Argan) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Petit opéra impromptu: "Belle Philis" (Cléante) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Petit opéra impromptu: "Et que dit le père..." (Argan) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Deuxième intermède: Ouverture $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Deuxième intermède: "Profitez du printemps" (Quatre femmes mores) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Deuxième intermède: Entrée de ballet. Premier air des Mores, Second air des Mores - Canaries $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Troisième intermède: Ouverture - Entrée de ballet Les Tapissiers $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Troisième intermède: Cérmonie burlesque - Ritornelles $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Charpentier — Le Malade imaginaire, H. 495, Troisième intermède: Air des révérences $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For the first time in 317 years, Les Arts Florissants brought together in 1990 the complete score of 'Le Malade imaginaire' as it was originally conceived by Charpentier to accompany Molière's final comedy. And now, for the first time on CD, you can hear, in its entirety, this legendary recording by William Christie.

Gramophone, April 1991
...As the Charpentier scholar, H. Wiley Hitchcock, remarks in his essay accompanying Christie's version, the musical history of Le ma/ode imaginaire is not a simple one. Lully's various ordinances obliged Charpentier not once, but at least three times, to revise his score, paring it down on each subsequent occasion to meet the ever more outrageous demands of Lully's "dictature musicale". From a mass of surviving material Hitchcock prepared a critical edition which provides the basis of Christie's performance. More recently, however, as I remarked in my review of Minkowski's version, another American scholar, John S. Powell, discovered an eighteenthcentury copy of the missing music of the first interméde and of the petit opéra impromptu. Since both of these are included in Christie's performance the Harmonia Mundi recording must be regarded as the more complete of the two...

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
A delightful work. Christie knows exactly how to make the music leap off the page and Charpentier's airs and dances are full of elegance and charm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 04/1990.



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>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1672-1674