Le Concert royal de la Nuit : « Opera Recording of the Year »

« L’ensemble Correspondances représente superbement ce répertoire rare, et les 18 voix et 33 instrumentistes livrent un résultat à faire frissonner de plaisir. Les chanteurs de Daucé adoptent totalement le style et la pureté du son mais avec une touche si française, quand les instrumentistes s’accomplissent parfaitement dans leur impudence. »

Opera Recording of the Year 2016

Sun King trips the light fantastic Louis XIV was 15 in 1653 when he took part in a lavishly staged ballet performed on seven evenings in the Salle du Petit-Bourbon at the Louvre Palace. The spectacle was remembered for decades after and gave Louis his title of “the Sun King”; the four “watches” of the night with some sinister post-midnight revelries culminated in a glorious dawn with the King strutting his stuff in a costume of glittering celestial glory. Sébastien Daucé has spent three years recreating this work from fragments and disparate sources; a project of great scholarship, integrity and imagination. Amongst the anonymous dance tunes, and those of Jean de Cambefort, Daucé has interpolated airs du cour by Michel Lambert and Antoine Boësset, while scenes from Cavalli’s Ercole Amante and Rossi’s Orfeo have been added to remind us of the dominance of Italian opera in Parisian theatres before Lully. Ensemble Correspondances are superb exponents of this rarefied repertoire and the expansive forces of 18 voices and 33 instrumentalists deliver spine-tingling results. Daucé’s singers are totally inside the style, pure of tone but with that essential French tang, and the players are superbly accomplished, bold and characterful. As expected from Harmonia Mundi the sound is vivid and upfront, the packaging is a stylish pleasure and the documentation a model of scholarly insight.

– Warwick Arnold, Limelight Magazine

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