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Ensemble Correspondances: Le Sacre de Louis XIV
Composed by Antoine Boesset, Etienne Moulinie, and Francois-Andre Danican Philidor. Classical. DVD. Naxos #CVS017. Published by Naxos (NX.CVS017).
Item Number: NX.CVS017
Louis Dieudonne de Bourbon was crowned Louis XIV King of France on the 7th of June 1654 in Reims Cathedral. For this most important moment in the life of the Monarch, the ceremonial was as impressive as a sacred opera. Reims Cathedral, dressed in the finest pomp and splendor, played host to the greats of the Kingdom of France and the Princes of Europe. Unearthed through meticulous research, the music played during this Coronation before God accompanies the ceremony along with the pomp of the decorations and the sung texts, the different musical ensembles and the great variety of instruments used, brought back to life thanks to a considerable number of performers, arranged according to their location in the sacred space. As this splendid music is finally heard again, Sebastien Dauce, his ensemble Correspondances and Les Pages du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles offer us a Coronation of Louis XIV in music, in the setting of the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles: a real immersion in one of the most memorable ceremonies in the history of France.