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The Court of Louis XIV

Part Two

Tuesday 28 September 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Tuesday 5 October 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Tuesday 2 August 2005 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Tuesday 9 August 2005 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Donald Macleod recounts how the influence of fashionable Italian opera gave way to a uniquely French musical style under the guiding hand of the King's favourite composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully.


1 hour


Sarabande in C
Jane Chapman (harpsichord)
Collins Classics 1420-2 track 13

Orfeo:  Lasciate Averno, o pene, e me seguite
Ellen Hargis (soprano)
The King’s Noyse, directed by David Douglass
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907246 track 8

Ballet de Xerxes
Aradia Baroque Ensemble, directed by Kevin Mallon
Naxos 8.554003 tracks 10-21

Sola vivebat in antris Magdalena lugens
Judith Nelson (soprano), René Jacobs (counter-tenor), Concerto Vocale, directed by René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi HMA 1901149 track 13

Alceste, Act V (excerpts)
Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (soprano), Howard Crook (tenor), Ensemble Vocal Sagittarius, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire
Disques Montaigne 782012 CD3 tracks 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30

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