CVS066 - CD - Les Noces Royales de Louis XIV
CVS066 - CD - Les Noces Royales de Louis XIV CVS066 - CD - Les Noces Royales de Louis XIV

CD - Les Noces Royales de Louis XIV

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The wedding of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Austria was the event of the century! Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique imagine the rich musical programme that accompanied the festivities, closely linked to the treaty of the Pyrenees, a promise of peace in Europe. 


Le Poème Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre, conductor
Compagnie de la Tempête, choir

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

The Wedding of Louis XIV with the Infanta of Spain, on 9 June 1660, was an exceptional event, sealing the peace between two monarchies that had been opposed for centuries.The 21-year-old King set off on a journey lasting thirteen months to cross and discover his kingdom: 15,000 people and 8,000 horses, 3,200 km in 95 stages, culminating in a wedding in Saint-Jean-de-Luz !

The greatest festivities took place during the wedding ceremony, then on the journey of their Majesties, for their solemn entry into Paris and finally for the opera given in the Louvre in honour of the bride and groom !
The finest composers contributed to the celebrations: the King’s trumpets opened the concert, while the church galleries hosted Du Mont’s symphony, organ and motets; finally, the most beautiful excerpts from 
Cavalli’s Xerxes and Lully’s accompanying ballets celebrated the Royal Wedding of Louis XIV through opera. Vincent Dumestre brings to life the musical splendours of the wedding of the century !

Recorded at the Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles from 11 to 14 November 2021

 Booklet French/English/German - Duration: 65ʼ18

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