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Apotheosis of King Louis XIV of France by Charles Le Brun (1619-1690)
Musée Ingres, Montauban, France / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67325
Recording details: October 2001
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2002
Total duration: 8 minutes 34 seconds

'This CD will do much to further De Lalande's reputation … gripping choral singing … stylish playing … highly attractive' (BBC Radio 3 CD Review)

'Jeffrey Skidmore and the orchestra and choir…perform these works stylishly, executing decorations with a gentle, almost casual swagger and responding to the shape and stress of phrase as if to the Gallic manner born. The soloists, an impressive line-up of Baroque specialists, more than live up to their reputation' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Treat yourselves and stand by to be impressed by all concerned' (Early Music Review)

'Wow! This is a thrilling release, of proud and sparkling music, performed with evangelical fervour and presented in recorded sound that’s as good as it can get … if you’ve never bought a CD of French Baroque in your life before, here’s the place to start' (International Record Review)

'These are early music performances of the highest standard … this recording will delight admirers of the French baroque, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to more general listeners' (American Record Guide)

'the performances are of supreme quality … both for its outstanding musical and executant qualities it demands a place on the shelves of anyone interested in Baroque choral music' (Fanfare, USA)

'Ex Cathedra, an English ensemble, delivers uniformly excellent performances' (Goldberg)

La grande pièce royale, S161
composer
before 1695; performance materials prepared by Dr Lionel Sawkins

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