Ensemble Aedes, Le Poeme Harmonique / Vincent Dumestre
In 1683, Michel-Richard de Lalande entered the Chapelle Royale as a sous-maître
after receiving the support of Louis XIV in a formidable recruitment competition.
Still only twenty-five years old, the young composer was swiftly to become established
as the King’s favourite and accede to the most coveted posts at court
in a career spanning almost forty years. Above all, Louis included him in the
consultations for the construction of the new Chapelle Royale, adjacent to Versailles
Palace. As the arches gradually rose skywards, Lalande composed and revised
his motets, which give expression to the then-peerless grandeur of the realm,
while at the same time testifying to the chapel’s incomparable acoustics.
His works – settings of psalms, hymns, the Te Deum – record the
atmosphere at court in the liturgy, in times of both
trouble and rejoicing. Following their earlier recording of Te Deum settings by Lully and Charpentier at the Chapelle Royale, Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique have now returned to Versailles to tackle the music Lalande composed for that extraordinary place. Alongside the grands motets Deitatis majestatem and Ecce nunc benedicite, with their synthesis of royal pomp and the language of opera, they offer the deeply moving Miserere and the most grandiose Te Deum performed in the reign of Louis XIV, the Te Deum of the King himself.
|Release Period||April 2018|