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concert Lionel Meunier and Vox Luminis perform Handel At the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles

At the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles

Lionel Meunier and Vox Luminis perform Handel At the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles

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The lively colors, infinite textures and striking shapes that adorn the interior of the Royal Chapel of Versailles provide a stunning backdrop for the exquisite choral music of George Frideric Handel, the famed Baroque composer who was born in Germany, trained in Italy, and nationalized as English.

In his life and work, Handel embodied much of what the Baroque represented: a meeting point between the arts and styles of different eras and diverse nations, deployed with technical mastery. The Gramophone Award-winning ensemble Vox Luminis, led by Lionel Meunier, give brilliant perspective to two Italian-inspired works by the young Handel, 1707's Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus, juxtaposed with a more mature work, the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1739), written in London and inspired by the Pythagorean idea of music as a central force in the Earth's creation.

Cast

  • Vox Luminis
  • Lionel Meunier | Conductor

Program

  • George Frideric Handel, Nisi Dominus, HWV 238
    • I. Nisi Dominus edificaverit
    • II. Vanum est vobis ante lucem surgere
    • III. Cum dederit dilectis
    • IV. Sicut Sagittae
    • V. Beatus vir qui implevit desiderium
    • VI. Gloria Patri et Filio
  • George Frideric Handel, Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
    • I. Dixit Dominus
    • II. Virgam virtutis tuae
    • III. Tecum principium in die virtutis
    • IV. Juravit Dominus
    • V. Tu es sacerdos in aeternum
    • VI. Dominus a dextris tuis
    • VII. De torrente in via bibet
    • VIII. Gloria Patri et Filio
  • George Frideric Handel, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76
    • I. Ouverture: Larghetto e staccato
    • II. Ouverture: Allegro
    • VI. Chorus: "From harmony, from heaven'ly harmony"
    • VII. Aria: "What passion cannot music raise an quell!"
    • VIII. Chorus: "The trumpet's loud clangor"
    • IX. March
    • X. Aria: "The soft complaining flute"
    • XI. Aria: "Sharp violins proclaim"
    • XII. Aria: "But oh, what art can teach"
    • XIII. Aria: "Orpheus could lead the savage race"
    • XIV. Recitative: "But bright Cecilia raised the wonder"
    • XV. Aria: "As from the pow'r of sacred lays"
  • George Frideric Handel, Messiah
    • 44. Hallelujah (chorus)

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Patrick Lauze
  • Venue: The Palace of Versailles' Royal Chapel (Versailles, France)
  • Production date: 2018
  • Duration: 1 h 50 min
  • Production: © Les Films Figures Libres – Mezzo - Opéra Royal - Château de Versailles Spectacles
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