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The Palace of Versailles

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 February 2008

Lucie Skeaping and Catherine Bott visit the palace of Versailles to learn about its transformation from a humble hunting lodge into one of the most impressive royal residences in Europe. They're joined by the Versailles historian Pierre Arizzoli-Clémentel and Professor Tony Spawforth who will act as their guides through the many mysteries and splendours of the famous chateau, which employed some of the most important musicians of the time: Boësset, Lully, Couperin, Marais, Campra, Chambonnières, Lalande, to name but a few.

Playlist:

Robert Ballard - Entree pour luth
Claire Antonini (lute)
MBF 1107
Disc 1 Track 7

Robert Ballard – Ballet du Dauphin
Claire Antonini (lute)
MBF 1107
Disc 1 Track 4

Andre Philidor - Le Canon de Versailles a 5 parties
La Simphonie de Marais
Directed by Hugo Reyne
VIRGIN VERITAS VM 5 61778-2
Track 35

Andre Philidor - Les Concerts Royaux (Fugue 1)
La Simphonie de Marais
Directed by Hugo Reyne
VIRGIN VERITAS VM 5 61778-2
Track 28

Marin Marais - Suite in E minor (Rondeau)
Quadro Hotteterre
TELDEC 9031 77617-2
Disc 2 Track 3

Andre Philidor - Menuet de l'Orangerie
La Simphonie de Marais
Directed by Hugo Reyne
VIRGIN VERITAS VM 5 61778-2
Track 37

Mozart - 9 Variations on the air "Lison dormait..." K.264
Andreas Staier (fortepiano)
MBF 1107
Disc 18 Track 8

Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Les Plaisirs de Versailles (Scene 4: "Si les cartes")
Steve Dugardin (counter-tenor)
Les Arts Florissants
Conducted by William Christie
ERATO 0630 14774-2
Track 9

Claude-Benigne Balbastre - Extract from the "Livre d'orgue de Dijon"
Olivier Latry (organ)
MBF 1107
Disc 13 Track 17

Jean-Philippe Rameau - Air gai (Les Fetes d'Hebe)
Les Arts Florissants
Conducted by William Christie
ERATO 3984 26129-2
Track 2

Francois Devienne - Flute Quartet in A minor Op.66 No.1 (1st Mvt)
Alexis Kossenko (flute) / Cambrini Quartet
MBF 1107
Disc 19 Track 1

Francois-Joseph Gossec - Symphony in D major B.86 (Presto)
London Mozart Players
Conducted by Matthias Bamert
CHANDOS 9661
Track 17

Henri-Joseph Rigel - Symphony in D minor (3rd movement)
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Directed by Jeremy Rhorer
MBF 1107
Disc 17 Track 7

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