Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel – Le Roi Danse: Soundtrack (2000) [Reissue 2004] MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel – Le Roi Danse: Soundtrack (2000) [Reissue 2004]
SACD Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 75:43 minutes | Basic Scans | 5,91 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Basic Scans included | 2,17 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Basic Scans included | 1,72 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Deutsche Grammophon # 477063-2

You probably missed the limited UK screening of the film Le Roi Danse. It is a film about the historical relationship between Louis XIV and his superintendent of music, Jean-Baptiste Lully over four decades of the 17th century. As one might expect, most of the music is by Lully himself and is intended for choreographed dancing drawn from his early ballets de cour, his highly entertaining middle-period comedic-ballets and finally his propagandistic tragedies lyriques.

The music of Lully’s contemporaries is represented by two dances of his predecessor on the violin, Jacques Cordier, a single air de cour of his fatherin-law, Michel Lambert, and an air and a recit from Cambert’s 1671 opera Pornone. All the selections, snatched from their original context, sit somewhat uncomfortably, and the booklet essays do little to allay this impression. Indeed, no texts are provided for the vocal items. And if you thought to find dances by Lully’s most formidable French contemporary, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, or his faithful lieutenant, Marin Marais (memorably revived in the 1991 film Tous les matins du monde), you will be disappointed. With all the fine native French period ensembles available today it is perhaps odd that the producers chose to work with foreign musicians. This was a lost opportunity. Reinhard Goebel and Musica Andqua Köln are highly skilled and experienced period players, but they aren’t specially known for their performances of French music and in general fail to do justice to the spirit of the music. The performances tend towards the pedestrian rather than the balletic: their sturdy and four-square renditions of the dances convey neither the wit and frisson of the dancing slaves and monkeys, ‘Frivelins’ and ‘Polichinelles’, nor the elegance and refinement we usually attribute to the stylised rituals at the court of the Sun King. The cross rhythms and hemiola effects that abound in the dances (for example in those attributed to Cordier) are understated here and, unusually for Musica Antiqua Ktiln, the tempi seem on the slow side, presumably to suit the dancers in the film. Also open to debate is the violinist’s ornamentation in ‘Le Sommeil’ from Atys (which, if I’m not mistaken, was played in the film by Lully – accompanied by several soldiers in full regalia – posted outside the king’s sumptuously appointed campaign tent during a nocturnal romp with a royal mistress). But don’t let me put you off: the film is a fascinating foray into docu-drama and the CD a bon souvenir.


01. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Te Deum – Symphonie
02. Jacques Cordier: La Bocanne Primitive
03. Jacques Cordier: La Bocanne Compliquée
04. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaéton – Troupe D’Astrée Dansante (Prologue)
05. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Ballet De La Nuit – Ouverture
06. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Ballet Les Plaisirs – Sarabande
07. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Ballet De La Nuit – Le Roi Représentant Le Soleil Levant
08. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Xerxès – Air Pour Les Matelots Jouant Des Trompettes Marines
09. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Xerxès – Air Pour Les Esclaves Et Singes Dansants
10. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Xerxès – Air Pour Les Postures De Scaramouche
11. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Xerxès – Air Pour Les Docteurs, Frivelins Et Polichinelles
12. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Xerxès – Air Pour Les Esclaves Dansants
13. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Idylle Sur La Paix – Air Pour Madame La Dauphine
14. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Ballet D’Alcidiane – Ritournelle Et Air De Mademoiselle Hilaire
15. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Ballet D’Alcidiane – Ouverture
16. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe De L’Amour – Ouverture
17. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Persée – Entrée Des Divinités Infernales (Acte III, Scène 10)
18. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Marche Pour La Cérémonie Des Turcs
19. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Giourdina
20. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Chaconne Des Scaramouches, Frivelins Et Arlequins
21. Michel Lambert: Ombre De Mon Amant – Air De Cour

01. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe De L’Amour – Prélude De La Nuit
02. Robert Cambert: Pomone – Passons Nos Jours Dans Ces Vergers (Acte I, Scène 1)
03. Robert Cambert: Pomone – Que Voyez-Vous, Mes Yeux? (Acte II, Scène 4)
04. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide – Plus J’Observe Ces Lieux (Acte II, Scène 3)
05. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Atys, Le Sommeil – Dormons, Dormons Tous (Acte III, Scène 4)
06. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide – Passacaille (Acte V)
07. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide – Prélude (Acte II, Scène 5)
08. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Folies D’Espagne
09. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Amants Magnifiques – Entrée D’Apollon
10. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe De L’Amour – Entrée D’Apollon
11. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe De L’Amour – Deuxième Air (Acte IV, Scène 2)
12. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Isis – C’est Lui Dont Les Dieux Ont Fait Le Choix – Publions En Tous Lieux (Prologue, Scène 1)
13. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide – Que L’Eclat De Son Nom (Prologue)
14. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Amadis – Esprits Empressés A Nous Plaire – Que Le Ciel Annonce A La Terre (Prologue)

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Le Roi Danse”, a film by Gérard Corbiau (2000).

Céline Scheen – soprano
Goedele Heidbüchel – soprano
Florian Deuter – violin solo on “1/4, 1/5”
Ex Tempore (Choir) – Chorus Master: Florian Heyerick
Musica Antiqua Köln – Conducted by Reinhard Goebel

All Music Arranged by Christian Rieger.
Produced by Sid McLauchlan. Engineered by Mark Buecker & Reinhard Lagemann.
Recorded in July 1999 at Melanchthon, Cologne. Edited & Mastered by Emil Berliner Studios.




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