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Track(s) taken from CDA67325

La grande pièce royale, S161

composer
before 1695; performance materials prepared by Dr Lionel Sawkins

Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
This recording is not available for download
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

Cover artwork: Apotheosis of King Louis XIV of France by Charles Le Brun (1619-1690)
Musée Ingres, Montauban, France / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 

Reviews

'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)
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