Le Poème Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre Conductor
Among the emblematic works of Versailles, the Symphonies for the King's Supper are in prime position. The music composed for the château summons a world of passions, characters, intrigues, echoes of battles... ennobled by the splendour of trumpets and oboes and evokes to this day the world’s greatest king. Certainly, they are "Table Music" as found elsewhere in Europe (Schein's Banchetto Musicale in 1617, Telemann's Tafelmusik in 1733), but what prince could summon the 24 King’s Violins and the winds of his royal stable? This is how Louis XIV dined every day, with the luxury of an opera orchestra, an essential moment of the day.
Although the Symphonies’ manuscripts indicate that they are played "ordinarily at the King's supper", their imagination goes beyond that. The arias and dances on various instruments most often come from operas, ballets and other entertainments that Lalande composed to entertain the court. At the royal table, they conjure up a world of characters, passions, intrigues and portraits: echoes of battles (Air des combattants), idyllic meadows (Musette, Marche des bergers, La Villageoise), the seaside (Marche des marins) or the raging of nature (La Tempête de Monsieur Rebel). Music from a palace where life, more than anywhere else, is a show, ennobled by the splendour of the trumpets (Prélude and Chaconne), a Passacaille with royal attitude and the Caprice de Villers-Cotterets, one of the favourite pieces "that the King often asked for".
A bottomless reservoir of dances and character pieces to draw from, the Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy were collected in 1703, at a time when Versailles lived almost entirely to the sound of Lalande's music. Having entered the king's service twenty years earlier as an organist, the musician quickly became a favourite, accumulating in his art the most coveted positions at court. From the chapel to the apartments, the entire château resounded with his compositions. His Majesty prayed, ate, laughed and cried with them.
Vincent Dumestre, a fine connoisseur of the works of the time of Louis XIV, brings together (in concert and in recording for our collection) the best instrumentalists to revive this gastronomic, royal, and therefore sumptuous, music...This concert will be recorded for the Château de Versailles Spectacles Label
Michel-Richard De Lalande (1657 – 1726)
Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roi
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