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Le Concert Royal de la Nuit - music by Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Boesset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli and Luigi Rossi

Album Summary

>Daucé, Sébastien : Le Concert Royal de la Nuit, Baroque pastiche opéra-ballet
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In late February 1653, just after the Fronde rebellion, the most influential spectacle of the early reign of Louis XIV was presented at the Louvre: the Ballet Royal de la Nuit. Grandiose, and carefully elaborated at the highest levels of the state, the libretto by Bensérade called upon the finest artists of the time. Banishing the troubles of night, Louis XIV danced in the Sun King costume that would henceforth be forever associated with him. This unmissable world première recording presents a reconstruction of the work created by Sébastien Daucé that includes music by Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Boesset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli and Luigi Rossi.

CD Review, September 2015
It's obviously been a labour of love for [Dauce], reconstructing what he can of the various ballets from disparate sources, texts and composers, re-writing and re-composing the music where necessary...Highly conjectural of course but the lavish texts and illustrations in the book that surrounds these two CDs helps create context and bring the dawn of the Sun King to life.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
DaucT invokes the privilege of creative licence with the interpolation of numerous extracts from operas by Italians invited to Paris by Cardinal Mazarin during the early years of the Sun King's reign... A rotating team of up to 52 musicians traverse the musical spectrum from whispered intimacy to jovial ceremony.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
Some of the music for 'La Nuit' is genuinely atmospheric and is sung with sustained tone and exquisite ornamentation by Lucile Richardot ... The instrumental accompaniment is unfailingly funny attentive and often thrilling in this sumptuously presented, excellently recorded glimpse into the French court ballet before Lully became the dominant figure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: A Grenoble, MC2 (01/2015-02/2015).



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>Daucé, Sébastien : Le Concert Royal de la Nuit, Baroque pastiche opéra-ballet
  • Performers: Sébastien Daucé (Harpsichord); Sébastien Daucé (Organ); Ensemble Correspondances
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta