box, you can now witness this landmark of French Baroque music.
Yes, the performers include three generations of wonderful French Baroque specialists (including Buffalo born and raised William Christie) but it's the slightly mad submersion in the French Baroque repertoire that makes this immense and admittedly recondite anthology among the more jaw-dropping box sets of the season. The composers, of course, include those anyone would expect -- Lully, Charpentier, Couperin, Rameau -- but also such masters as Campra, Lalande and Mondonville not exactly commonplace. Given the very nature of the anthology -- music played at Versailles -- the majority of it is vocal and choral, as befitting the proper scale (too much solo keyboard music from Rameau and Couperin, for instance, would have been strange and not entirely apt, however aesthetically just). Here is an exploration of classical repertoire both unusual and on the highest level. -- The Buffalo News, Jeff Simon, November 23, 2008