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Jean-Baptiste Lully, Les Divertissements de Versailles album, Erato through Warner Brothers

A friend of mine once objected to the existence of Lully by saying that he had stultified French music for two hundred years. My reply was that whether it was true or not, he could hardly be blamed for that.

Lully provided music for Louis XIV of France, and on this disc we have a collection of his works taken from music theatre of the time. Lovely and sumptuous it is too. There is a wide range of styles - some are light and motet like and others have more pomp. All are beautifully sung and played. Bachus' Chorus: I snap my fingers at Love and his fires of passion. Love's Faction: Ah! What a pleasure it is to love! Bachus' Faction: Ah! What a pleasure it is to drink! Ah yes, it is graceful and mannered. Would that Lully were performed more over here other than at #150 a ticket do's at Covent Garden. (Count K)

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