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Lully: Petits Motets Import

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Audio CD, Import, December 7, 1992
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Omnes Gentes - Monique Zanetti/Gerard Lesne/Francois Fauche/Frederic Martin
  2. Regina Coeli - Monique Zanetti/Arlette Steyer/Marie Boyer/
  3. O Sapientia - Arlette Steyer/Marie Boyer/Francois Fauche/Frederic Martin
  4. Laudate Pueri
  5. Salve Regina
  6. Exaudi Deus - Gerard Lesne/Jean-Paul Fouchecourt/Francois Fauche
  7. Anima Christi
  8. Ave Coeli - Gerard Lesne/Jean-Paul Fouchecourt/Francois Fauche
  9. Dixit Dominus
  10. O Dulcissime
  11. Domine Salvum Regem

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Audio CD (December 7, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000027NVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By scott on December 14, 2005
These petits motets go a long way to proving that Lully, despite his ruthless despotism and inflated ego, was indeed an extremely talented composer. This is not grand music for lavish royal spectacles, but small, intimate music for private worship. Most of the motets recorded here employ three voices and continuo, the ones scored for three sopranos being my favorites. The combination of the high voices together is characteristically French, and very effective. The Salve Regina is a particular favorite of mine, the last part coming to a delicate and pathos-laden end.

There are few recordings of Lully's small scale church music, and this is surely the best of them. I know it has been re-released on the Music d'Abord series, and also as a Harmonia Mundi Anniversary reissue. If you see any of them, snap it up as this is a crucial item in you Lully collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 15, 2014
This is a disc of Lully's "Petits motets," a group of small scale settings for three voices and continuo. Presented here are the eleven motets which have been firmly established as being by Lully, excluding a number which were probably wrongly ascribed to him.

The music is enjoyable although to me not truly great. There is a fluency and deftness in Lully's handling of his small forces and the effect is pleasing, so individually these motets are quite rewarding. They vary in scale from the nine-minute Omnes gentes to the sub-two-minute Dominum salve regum – but I have to say that as a programme it does begin to get a bit samey rather quickly. This may be a personal thing, because I do find that, with a few noble exceptions, I often find Lully's music rather stodgy. This, I'm afraid, is not one of the noble exceptions.

Les Arts Florissants under William Christie are an excellent ensemble and these days have a world-wide reputation. This recording dates from 1987 and although the performances are good (of course they are from Christie), to me they lack some of the bounce and inner glow which marks their more recent work.

A qualified recommendation, then. The music and performances are both good if not great and they are well recorded. If you want a recording of these rather out-of-the-way works this will serve you well, but for a disc of Lully which is an unalloyed pleasure I'd recommend Jordi Savall's L'Orchestre du Roi Soleil Lully - L'Orchestre du Roi Soleil - Symphonies, Ouvertures & Airs à jouer. It's different repertoire but for me a much more enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abert on June 6, 2012
Lully wasn't a French composer by birth, but he became so closely associated with the Sun King Louis XIV that he virtually came to be associated with French early music.
William Christie is a baroque specialist in works by Lully, Rameau, Handel, and others. This Petit Motet is his 1992 production.
These small motets are sacred in nature sung in small ensembles. The performance here is serene and offers a harmonious atmosphere so sadly lacking in Lully's operatic works.
While serene in nature, the music is never boring nor dull. This owes considerably to the wonderful ensemble work by the vocalists and the instrumental ensemble. The singing cast is completely French, with three sopranos, one bass, one tenor and one countertenor singing the alto part.
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