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Home » French Composers » Lully

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Links

Excerpts from the documentary by Olivier Simonnet, "Lully l'Incommode", broadcast on Arte TV in France in December 2009, have been posted on Youtube: Playlist

Le Site Lully [Forum]

Yahoo! Group: Lully [Latest messages]

Biography of Jean-Baptiste Lully - The Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Espace Jean-Baptiste Lully

The Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection - 21 published opera scores online in pdf.

LilyPond - Online pdf scores of Psyché (1678), Le bourgeois Gentilhomme, Amour malade & La revente des habits.

Jean-Baptiste Lully - Essays on the Vanderbilt University website.

Oeuvres lyriques parodiées (1669-1752) - liste de travail en cours

English translations of Amadis, Armide, Cadmus et Hermione, Isis & Persée.

English translation of Roland.

Le Théâtre de sa Gloire: Essays on Persée, tragédie en Musique by Quinault and Lully. Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, Volume 10 (2004) Number 1. The entire issue is available online. I found especially interesting the article by Ken Pierce and Jennifer Thorpe, The Dances in Lully's Persée.

The Operatic Parodies of Florent Carton Dancort, by John S. Powell. Cambridge Opera Journal 13:1 (2001).

Music and the self-fulfilling prophecy in Molière's Le mariage forcé, by John S. Powell. Early Music 213-228 (May 1993).

The Metamorphosis of Psyché, by John S. Powell (pdf). (Paper presented at "Les genres de Psyché", Université de Valenciennes, December 2003).

Image 33 from the above: Comparison of scenes in Psyché (1671) & Psyché (1678) (pdf).

Performance Practice at the Théâtre de Guénégaud and the Comédie-Française, after the manuscript indications of Charpentier, by John S. Powell (pdf). (Paper presented at "Charpentier and His World" at the University of Birmingham, U.K., April 2004).

Essays on Persée, Journal of 17th Century Music vol. 10 no. 1 (2004).

Persée libretto with English translation.

Christophe Alvarez, age 21, whose master's thesis at the Sorbonne was on Lully's Armide, has been performing Armide in Paris with his baroque ensemble Le Point du Jour. Details.

Peformances

Lully. Le Ballet Royal de L'Impatience. Libretto by Francesco Buti & Isaac de Benserade. Festival Montreal Baroque, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Thursday, June 23rd at 7 pm. Salle de la Commune, Marché Bonsecours. Grand première of this ballet de cour since it was first performed in 1661 starring Louis XIV himself! Musical Director: Noam Krieger. Stage Director and Choreography: Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. La Bande Montréal Baroque. Les Jardins Chorégraphiques, dir. Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. Stage Designer: Caroline Guilbault. Costume Designer: Anne-Marie Champagne. Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Philippe Gagné, tenor; Isabeau Proulx Lemire, tenor; Dion Mazerolle, baritone; Pierre-Étienne Bergeron, bass. Les Jardins Chorégraphiques Dancers: Mickaël Bouffard, Stéphanie Brochard, Nina Richmond Goring, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Marie-Laurence Primeau. Details.

Recordings

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Phaëton. Aparté AP061 (2 CDs, October 2013). Video of concert performance. Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Phaëton: Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro, haute-contre; Clymène, Astrée: Ingrid Perruche, soprano; Théone: Isabelle Druet, mezzo-soprano; Libye: Gaëlle Arquez, soprano; Épaphus: Andrew Foster-Williams, baritone; Mérops, Automne, Jupiter: Frédéric Caton, baritone; Protée, Saturne: Benoît Arnould, baritone; Le Soleil, Triton, La Déesse de la Terre: Cyril Auvity, haute-contre; Une Heure, Une Bergère Égyptienne: Virginie Thomas, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Lully. Phaëton, Atys, Armide - Ouvertures avec tous les airs. Tudor 7185 (1 CD, February 2012). Details. Dominik Kiefer, Capriccio Barock Orchester. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Bellérophon. Aparté AP015 (2 CDs, March 2011). Details - outstanding performance! Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques; Chœur de Chambre de Namur. Philonoé: Céline Scheen, soprano; Stenobée: Ingrid Perruche, soprano; Argie / Pallas: Jennifer Borghi, soprano; Bellérophon: Cyril Auvity, tenor; Pan / Jobate: Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor; Ápollon / Amisodar: Jean Teitgen, tenor; Bacchus / La Pythie: Robert Getchell, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Lully & Philidor. Musiques de la Grande Écurie & des Gardes Suisses. Musiques Suisses MGB 6267 (1 CD, October 2010). Details / Audio excerpt (1 of 4). Thilo Hirsch, Ensemble Arcimboldo & Trompetenensemble der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. UK | FR | DE | JP
Lully, Campra, Destouches, Desmarest, Collasse. Fleur de Lys - pour le Roy. Ballets Baroques. The Brand (1 CD, December 2010). Details. Leipziger Barockorchester. DE
Lully. Fleur de Lys I - pour Maîtres de Danse. Ballets Baroques. The Brand (1 CD, June 2010). Details. Leipziger Barockorchester. US | UK | FR | DE
Lully, Campra, Destouches, Desmarest, Collasse. Fleur de Lys III - pour Maîtres de Danse. Ballets Baroques. The Brand (1 CD, August 2009). Details. Leipziger Barockorchester. US | UK | FR | DE
Michel Lambert (1610-1696), Lully. D'un Feu Secret... Accent ACC 24234 (2 CDs, November 2010). Stephan van Dyck, Musica Favola. Airs de court and instrumental music. UK | FR | DE | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Atys. Musique à la Chabotterie 605008 (3 CDs, September 2010). Details. Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil, Volume XI. Atys: Romain Champion, haute-contre; Sangaride: Bénédicte Tauran, soprano; Cybèle: Amaya Domínguez, mezzo-soprano; Célénus: Aimery Lefévre, baritone; Idas: Matthieu Heim, bass; Doris: Maud Ryaux, soprano; Mélisse: Maïlys de Villoutreys, soprano; Le Sommeil: Vincent Liévre-Picard, haute-contre. This fine recording is clearly preferable to the old Christie version on HM. No translations of the libretto are included, but there are English and German versions in the HM set. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Lully. Ballets & récits italiens. Glossa GCD 921509 (1 CD, September 2009). Details. Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza. Emanuela Galli, soprano; Yetzabel Arias Fernández, soprano; Stefanie True, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Lully. Le Triomphe de l'Amour. ORF CD 3076 (1 CD, September 2009). Details / Review by Johan Van Veen. Eugène Michelangeli, Ensemble Les Sentimens. Elizabeth Dobbin, soprano; Matthias Helm, bass. Pasticcio drawn from the operas of Lully: Le Triomphe de l'Amour, Phaeton, Armide, Amadis, Cadmus et Hermione, Bellerophon, Persée. UK | FR | DE
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Armide (1686). Naxos 8.660209/10 (2 CDs, October 2008). Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette. Armide: Stéphanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano; Renaud: Robert Getchell, tenor; Hidraot & Ubalde: François Loup, bass; Le Chevalier Danois: Tony Boutté, tenor; La Haine: William Sharp, baritone; Phénice: Ann Monoyios, soprano; Sidonie: Miriam Dubrow, soprano. [Online score (pdf)]. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Proserpine (1680). Glossa (2 CDs 2008). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Proserpine: Salomé Haller, soprano; Aréthuse: Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano; Cérès: Stéphanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano; Alphée: Cyril Auvity, haute-contre; Mercure: François-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre; Ascalaphe: Benoît Arnould, baritone; Jupiter: Marc Labonnette, baritone; Pluton: João Fernandes, bass. French edition with book. (May 2008). FR
International edition with English & German translations. (September 2008). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Psyché. cpo 777 367-2 (3 CDs, June 2008). Steven Stubbs & Paul O'Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus. Psyché: Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Venus: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Vulcan: Colin Balzer, tenor; Olivier Laquerre, bass; Zéphire: Jason McStoots, tenor; Palemon: Matthew Shaw, baritone; Silenus: José Lemos, countertenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Ballet des Arts (1663/1685). Accord 4800886 (1 CD, June 2008). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil, Volume X. A fine performance and recording. A much higher proportion of dance music and a much lower proportion of recitative than in any of the operas. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Amadis (1684). Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques. Forthcoming.
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Armide (1686). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Forthcoming.
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Thésée (1675). Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée. Forthcoming.
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Juan Hidalgo, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli. Musiques pour le Mariage de Louis XIV (1660). Details. Accord 442 9894 (2 CDs, October 2007). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Françoise Masset, soprano; Celine Ricci, soprano; François-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre; Florian Westphal, bass. Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil, Volume IX. UK | FR | DE | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Thésée (1675). cpo 777 240-2 (3 CDs, June 2007). Steven Stubbs & Paul O'Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Thésée: Howard Crook, tenor; Médée: Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano; Aeglé: Ellen Hargis, soprano; Aegée: Harry van der Kamp, bass; Cléone: Suzie Le Blanc, soprano; Dorine & Vénus: Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano; Minerve & La Grande Pretresse: Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Arcas: Olivier Laquerre, bass-baritone; Marek Rzepka, bass-baritone; Bacchus: Marc Molomot, tenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Un Plaisir: Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Yulia van Doren, soprano; Teresa Wakim, soprano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Amadis (1684). Accord 442 8549 (3 CDs, October 2006). NewOlde.com 2006 Best French Baroque Opera CD Award | Background on Amadis | Facsimile libretto and score (pdf). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais & Le Choeur du Marais. Corisande: Françoise Masset, soprano; Arcabonne / Une Héroïne: Celine Ricci, soprano; Oriane: Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Amadis / Un Héros: François-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre; Florestan: Bertrand Chuberre, bass; Arcalaüs: Florian Westphal, baritone; Urgande: Camille Poul, soprano; Suivante d'Urgande / Une Bergère: Agathe Boudet, soprano; Suivante d'Urgande / Une Bergère / Une Captive: Hélène Richer, soprano; Un Berger / Un Captif: Benoît Porcherot, tenor; Un Berger / Un Captif: Thomas Van Essen, baritone; Alquif / Un Geôlier / L'ombre d'Ardan: Matthieu Heim, bass. Vol. 8 in Accord's series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". Another superb recording of similar overall quality to last year's Isis. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reissue of 4 Accord recordings: Lully. Les Premiers Opéras Français: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Les Fêtes de l'Amour et de Bacchus, Isis, Amadis. Accord 480 2871 (10 CDs). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Un Voyage au coeur des Opéras de Jean-Baptiste Lully (Isis, Amadis, Alceste, Persée, Armide). K617 176 (1 CD, November 2005). Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages et Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Marek Stryncl, Musica Florea (Prague). UK | DE | FR | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Isis (1677). Accord 476 8048 (3 CDs, November 2005). [Details] [Review of live performance] [English translation of the libretto] Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Io, who becomes Isis: Françoise Masset, soprano; La Renommée, Iris & Hebé: Isabelle Desrochers, soprano; Calliope, Mycène & Syrinx: Valérie Gabail, soprano; Junon: Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Apollon, Pirante, 1er Berger & Erinnis: Robert Getchell, tenor; Mercure & 2d Berger: Howard Crook, tenor; Hierax & Pan: Bertrand Chuberre, bass; Jupiter: Bernard Deletré, bass; Neptune & Argus: Renaud Delaigue, bass. Vol. 7 in Accord's series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". 2005 NewOlde.com Best French Baroque Opera CD Award. This is perhaps the most enjoyable Lully recording to date, a superb performance of one of Lully's finest operas. The well-known frost scene "avec une voix tremblante" at the beginning of Act III was the model for the frost scene in Purcell's King Arthur. The Entrée des Forgerons, with rhythmic anvil accompaniment which follows immediately as the next test for Io, is unique to my knowledge. Another seeming influence on Purcell is Fame's trumpet tune in the Prologue, which sounds like "I come to sing great Zempoalla's story" in The Indian Queen. Hugo Reyne reconstructed the original version from the 1719 score, the 1677 libretto, and a set of 10 separate parts published in 1677. The booklet includes an excellent English translation by John Tyler Tuttle. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully, André Danican Philidor, Nicolas Desrosiers, Robert Cambert & Claude Babelon. Musique pour les Mousquetaires. Calliope CAL 9527 (1 CD, May 2005). Details. Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Jean-Denis Monory, narrator. UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Henri D'Anglebert. Pièces de clavecin & airs d'après M. de Lully. Alpha 074 (2 CDs, May 2005). Details. Céline Frisch, harpsichord & organ. Café Zimmerman. Includes the original, orchestral versions of 11 movements by Lully transcribed for harpsichord by D'Anglebert. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Les Premiers Opéras François: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Les fêtes de l'Amour et de Bacchus (LWV 47, 1672) & Robert Cambert, Pomone (1671, surviving excerpts). Accord 476 2437 (2 CDs 2004). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Françoise Masset, Isabelle Desrochers & Sophie Landy, sopranos; Renaud Tripathi & Vincent Lievre-Picard, haute-contres; Howard Crook, tenor; Jean-Louis Georgel, baritone; Bruno Rostrand, bass. Vol. 6 in Accord's series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Grands Motets: Miserere, Jubilate Deo, Quare Fremuerunt gentes, Domine salvum fac regem. K617 157 (1 CD 2004). Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages et Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Marek Stryncl, Musica Florea (Prague). Amel Brahim-Djelloul, soprano; Damien Guillon, mezzo-soprano; Howard Crook, haute-contre; Hervé Lamy, tenor; Arnaud Marzorati, bass. UK | DE | FR | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Roland. Ambroisie AMB 9949 (3 CDs 2004). Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Chœur de l'Opera de Lausanne. [Interview with C. Rousset.] Roland: Nicolas Testé; Angélique: Annamaria Panzarella; La fée principale / Logistille: Salomé Haller; Témire: Monique Zanetti; Médor: Olivier Dumait; Astolphe: Robert Getchell; Ziliante / Demogorgon: Evguenyi Alexiev; Tersandre / Un insulaire: Emiliano González-Toro; Coridon / Un insulaire: Anders Dahlin; Une suivante: Hélène Essade; Une suivante: Delphine Gillot. A fine performance and recording of what might be Lully's best opera. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Le Triomphe de l'Amour. Opéra-ballet, LWV 59 (1681). Accord 476 1053 (2 CDs 2003). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais, Le Chœur de Marais. Vénus / Diane / 2de Indienne: Françoise Masset, soprano; Amphitrite / La Nuit / 1ere Indienne: Julie Hassler, soprano; Nymphe de Flore: Sophie Landy, soprano; L'Amour: Clara Georgel-Delunsch, soprano enfant; 1er Plaisir / Le Mystère / 1er Carien / Arcas: Renaud Tripathi, haute-contre; Le Silence / 2d Carien / Mercure: Jean-Louis Georgel, baritone; 2d Plaisir / Neptune / Chef de Cariens / Un Indien / Jupiter: Philippe Roche, bass. Vol. 5 in Accord's series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". US | FR | UK | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Persée. Astrée E 8874. (3 CDs 2002). Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques. Paul Agnew, Annamaria Panzarella, Salomé Haller, Jérôme Correas, Vincent Billier, Monique Simon, Robert Getchell, Béatrice Mayo-Félip, Laurent Slaars, Cyril Auvity, Bruno Rostand. Highly recommended! US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Les Divertissements de Versailles. Erato 092744655-2. (1 CD 2002). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Sophie Daneman, Olivier Lallouette, Rinat Shaham, François Bazola. Excerpts from Psyché, L'Amour médecin, George Dandin, Armide, Les Plaisirs de L'île Enchantée, Isis, Les Muses & Roland. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully & Molière. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Accord 472 512-2. (2 CDs 2002). Hugo Reyne. La Simphonie du Marais. Françoise Masset, Julie Hassler, François-Nicolas Geslot, Renaud Tripathi, Bruno Boterf, Yves Coudray, Jean-Louis Georgel, Philippe Roche. Vol. 4 in the series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". Includes the play and the music. (A solution for English-speaking audiences is to perform the play in English and the music in French, as was done in the fine 1999 production by the NY Baroque Dance Company et al. at Alliance Française in NYC.) US | FR | DE | UK | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Le Carrousel de Monseigneur; Les Plaisirs de L'île Enchantée; La Grotte de Versailles. Accord 461 811-2. (1 CD 2001). Hugo Reyne. La Simphonie du Marais. Julie Hassler, Raphaële Kennedy, Françoise Masset, Renaud Tripathi, Jean-Louis Georgel, Philippe Roche. Vol. 3 in the series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". US | FR | DE | UK | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Ballet Royal de Flore. Accord 461 804-2. (1 CD, 2001). Hugo Reyne. La Simphonie du Marais. Julie Hassler, Raphaële Kennedy, Françoise Masset, Emmanuel Bardon, Renaud Tripathi, Jean-Louis Georgel, Philippe Roche, Benajmin Lazar. Vol. 2 in the series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". US | FR | DE | UK | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. L'Idylle sur la Paix de Jean Racine; Le Temple de la Paix. Accord 206 872, reissued as 465 345-2. (1 CD, 1999). Hugo Reyne. La Simphonie du Marais. Françoise Masset, Julie Hassler, Jean-François Lombard, Patrick Aubailly, Arnaud Marzorati. Vol. 1 in the series "Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil". US | FR | DE | UK | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully, transcribed for harpsichord by Jean-Henri d'Anglebert. Les Songes agréables d'Atys. Parnassie (May 2002). Brigitte Tramier. Recorded in 1999 at the Chateau de Versailles on a 1628 Ruckers. Transcriptions of movements from Atys, Armide, Cadmus & Hermoine, Acis & Galatée, Le Triomphe de l'Amour & Phaeton. I highly recommend her CD of d'Anglebert harpsichord works on Pierre Verany.
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Acis & Galatée. DG-Archiv 453497 (2 CDs 1998). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Véronique Gens, Monique Simon, Jean-Louis Meunier, Howard Crook, Françoise Masset, Rodrigo del Pozo, Mireille Delunsch, Laurent Nauori, Thierry Félix. A great leap forward from Minkowski's hurried and heavy vibrato-laden Phaëton. It's difficult to resist repeated encores of the great closing Passacaille, when time permits. The performance at the French Embassy with Fouchécourt, Naouri and the NY Baroque Dance Company was the American highlight of Y2K. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Alceste. Astrée E 8527 (3 CDs 1994). Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et La Chambre du Roy. Véronique Gens, Howard Crook, Jean-Philippe LaFont, Colette Alliot-Lugaz, Sophie Marin-Degor, Jean-François Gardeil, François Loup, Gregory Reinhart, Michel Dens, Claudine Le Coz, Miriam Ruggeri, Olivier Lallouette, Douglas Nasrawi. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Armide. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901456/7 (2 CDs 1993). Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Ghent, La Chappelle Royale. Guillemette Laurens, Véronique Gens, Noémi Rime, Howard Crook, Bernard Deletré, Giles Ragon, Luc Coadou, John Hancock. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Phaëton. Erato 4509-91737-2. (2 CDs 1994). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Howard Crook, Rachel Yakar, Jennifer Smith, Véronique Gens, Gérard Theruel, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Philippe Huttenlocher, Laurent Naouri, Virginie Pochon, Jérôme Varnier, Florence Couderc. A great opera, but it could use a new recording, without Smith and Yakar. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully & Molière. Comédies-Ballets. Erato 2292 452862 (1 CD 1990). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Isabelle Poulenard, Agnes Mellon, Gilles Ragon, Michel Laplénie, Michel Verschaeve, Bernard Deletré, Philippe Cantor. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Apex 2564-62184-2 (2005) as part of a 2-CD set, paired with excerpts from Phaëton. UK | DE | FR | JP

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Te Deum & Grands Motets. Volume 1. FNAC 592308 (1 CD 1993). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Isabelle Desrochers, Marie-Louise Duthoit, Dominique Favat, Hervé Lamy, Richard Duguay, Peter Harvey. The Naxos reissues of FNAC CDs include competent notes and translations, unlike the barebones Virgin reissues. See the essays about Lully's Grands Motets in Jean-Baptiste Lully and the Music of the French Baroque: Essays in Honor of James R. Anthony. John Hajdu Heyer (ed.) Cambridge U. Press, 1989. FR

Reissued on Naxos 8.554397 (1999). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Grands Motets. Volume 2. FNAC 592303 (1 CD 1994). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Véronique Gens, Brigitte Vinson, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Hervé Lamy, Peter Harvey. FR

Reissued on Naxos 8.554398 (2000). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Grands Motets. Volume 3. FNAC 592002 (1 CD 1994). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Isabelle Desrochers, soprano; Julie Hassler, soprano; Brigitte Vinson, mezzo-soprano; Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, haute-contre; Stephan Van Dyck, tenor; Bernard Delétré, bass; Peter Harvey, bass. FR

Reissued on Naxos 8.554399 (2000). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Volumes 1-3 reissued as a 3-CD set, Les Grands Motets, by Naxos France (2003). FR

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Petits Motets. Harmonia Mundi HMC 1274 (1 LP 1987) & HMC 901274 (1 CD). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Monique Zanetti & Arlette Steyer, sopranos; Marie Boyer, mezzo-soprano; Gérard Lesne, countertenor; Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor; François Fauché, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on HMA 1951274 (2006). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

DVDs - None Recommended

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Cadmus et Hermione (1673). Alpha (DVD, October 2008). Livret: French / English. I was misled by the website promoting this DVD which proclaims that it features "prononciation restituée, travail sur la rhétorique gestuelle et chorégraphique, éclairage à la bougie et recherche sur la machinerie d'époque". While the singers' costumes and the sets are superb and the singers' gestures appear to be historically inspired, the opera is ruined by bizarre and silly modern ballet, ie, inappropriately costumed dancers turning trapeze-like somersaults while suspended on wires and a slow toe dance during Amour's air with occasional kicks, as well as other similar stunts. Despite the extremely high quality of performance by the leading historical dancers (at least in the U.S.), they again have been excluded from an ostensibly historical staging in favor of circus acts that clash with the rest of the production. This has been done before (by the same person, Jean-Marie Villégier) in the highly-touted but ridiculous and disappointing touring production of Atys that visited Brooklyn in 1989. It's unfortunate that, 19 years later, modern dance can still be passed off as historically inspired with all the professional reviewers. Staging directed by Benjamin Lazar. Musical director: Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique. Cadmus: André Morsch, baritone; Hermione: Claire Lefiliâtre, soprano; Charite / Melisse: Isabelle Druet, mezzo-soprano; Amour / Pales: Camille Poul, soprano; Arbas / Pan: Arnaud Marzorati, baritone; Nourrice / Echion: Jean-François Lombard, haute-contre. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Molière / Lully. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Alpha 700 (2 DVDs, September 2005). Details. HIP staging (sort of) directed by Benjamin Lazar. Musical director: Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique. Choreography: Cécile Roussat. Complete cast list. Subtitles in French, English, German, Spanish & Dutch. A fine production, except for the modern dancers/tumblers who appear to have taken a wrong turn on the way to a casting call for "Nixon in China". Apparently the only dancers who meet the French government requirement of being French are completely ignorant of historically informed dance, costumes and gesture. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Lully. Persée. EuroArts 2054178 (DVD - apparently multi-region, March 2005). Live recording. 127 minutes (about 2/3 of Persée, minus prologue and Act III, scene 4). Hervé Niquet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier. Cyril Auvity, Marie Lenormand, Stephanie Novacek, Monica Whicher, Olivier Laquerre, Alain Coulombe. Antonia L. Banducci, The Opera Atelier Performance (Toronto 2000): The Spirit of Lully on the Modern Stage. JSCM Vol. 10, No. 1 (2004). Modern toe ballet ruins this production, unfortunately. It also suffers from a red-orange color shift and some substandard playing and singing. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Books

William Brooks. Philippe Quinault, Dramatist. Peter Lang Publishing 2009. 512 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean Duron (ed.) Cadmus & Hermoine de Jean-Baptiste Lully et Philippe Quinault. Livret, études et commentaires. CMBV-HC9. 260 pages. Mardaga (January 2008). FR
Vincent Borel. Jean-Baptiste Lully. 149 pages. Actes Sud (January 2008). FR
Marcelle Benoit. Les événements musicaux sous le règne de Louis XIV: Chronologie. Annals of music in France, 1643-1715. 404 pages. Picard 2004. Reviewed by Clifford Bartlett in EMR 101:11 (June 2004). FR
John Spitzer & Neal Zaslaw. The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution, 1650-1815. Details. 624 pages. Oxford University Press, 2004. Includes a 35-page chapter on Lully's orchestra. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Georgie Durosoir. Les ballets de la cour de France au XVIIe Siécle. (In French.) Éditions Papillon (2004). FR
Jérôme de La Gorce. Jean-Baptiste Lully. (In French.) 910 pages. Fayard. (2002). FR | CA
Buford Norman. Touched by the Graces: The Libretti of Philippe Quinault in the Context of French Classicism. Summa Publications, Birmingham, AL, 2001. 402 pages. Review by John Hajdu Heyer. Includes chapters on Cadmus et Hermione, Alceste, Thésée, Atys, Isis, Proserpine, Persée, Phaëton, Amadis, Roland & Armide. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Philippe Beaussant. Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil. (In French.) 893 pages. Gaillimard: Théâtre des Champes-Elysées. (1992). FR | CA
Manuel Couvreur. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Musique et Dramaturgie au Service du Prince. (In French.) M. Vokar 1992. FR
John Hajdu Heyer (ed.) Jean-Baptiste Lully and the Music of the French Baroque: Essays in Honor of James R. Anthony. 348 pages. Cambridge University Press, 1989, reprinted 2008. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
John Hadju Heyer (ed.) Lully Studies. Compilation of additional essays about Lully. 275 pages. Cambridge U. Press, 2000. US | UK | CA
Carl B. Schmidt. The Livrets of Jean-Baptiste Lully's tragédies Lyriques: A catalogue raisonne. Review by Lois Rosow. Broude Brothers, 1995. 633 pages. US
Bruce Gustafson & Matthew Leshinskie. A Thematic Locator for the Works of Jean-Baptiste Lully: Coordinated with Herbert Schneider's Catalogue. 56 pages. Broude Brothers 1989. US | UK | FR | CA | JP
Herbert Schneider. Chronologisch-thematisches Verzeichnis sämtlicher Werke von Jean-Baptiste Lully (LMV). 570 pages. Hans Schneider, 1981. Out of print. US | DE
Jérôme de la Gorce & Herbert Schneider (eds.) Quellenstudien zu Jean-Baptiste Lully - L'oeuvre de Lully: Etudes des sources. Hommage à Lionel Sawkins. 424 pages. Details. Georg Olms Verlag AG, 1999. UK | DE
Jérôme de la Gorce & Herbert Schneider (eds.) Jean-Baptiste Lully: Actes du Colloque Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Heidelberg 1987. Laaber-Verlag, 1990. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
James R. Anthony. French Baroque Music: From Beaujoyeulx to Rameau. 620 pages. Amadeus Press. Rev. ed. 1997. US | UK | CA
Downing A. Thomas. Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Régime: 1647-1785. Cambridge University Press. 320 pages. January 2003. "This is the first study to recognise the broad impact of opera in early-modern French culture. The author considers the use of operatic spectacle and music by Louis XIV as a vehicle for absolutism; the resistance of music to the aesthetic and political agendas of the time; and the long-term development of opera in eighteenth-century humanist culture. He argues that French opera moved away from the politics of the absolute monarchy in which it originated to address Enlightenment concerns with sensibility and feeling. The book combines close readings of significant seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century operatic works, circumstantial writings and theoretical works on theatre and opera, together with a measure of reception history. Thomas examines key works by Lully, Rameau, and Charpentier, among others, and extends his reach from the late seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth." US | UK | CA
Paul F. Rice. Performing Arts at Fontainebleau from Louis XIV to Louis XVI. 299 pages. UMI Research Press 1989. US | UK | FR | CA | JP
Jérôme de La Gorce. Féeries d'Opéra: Décors, machines et costumes en France 1645-1765. (In French.) 151 pages. Patrimoine. (1997). FR | CA
Jérôme de La Gorce. L'Opéra à Paris au temps de Louis XIV: Histoire d'un Théâtre. (In French.) 220 pages. Desjonquères. (1992). FR | CA
Pascal Denécheau. Thésée de Lully et Quinault, histoire d'un opéra. Étude de l'oeuvre de sa création à sa dernière reprise sous l'Ancien Régime (1675-1779). Doctoral thesis, December 2006. Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne / Universität des Sarrlandes, Saarbrücken. 828 pages.

Music

Jean-Henri D'Anglebert. Oeuvres pour clavier. Edited by Kenneth Gilbert. Heugel, Le Pupitre. Includes D'Anglebert's transcriptions of movements from Lully operas.
Fitt for the Manicorde: 58 pieces for harpsichord, clavichord and organ. Edited by Christopher Hogwood. Edition HH. "A hitherto unpublished collection of keyboard music, suitable for harpsichord and organ, but specifically mentioning the clavichord, from the 1680s. Amongst the varied dance movements and suites is music by Lully, La Barre, John Roberts and Thomas Farmer. This collection shows the strong influence of French keyboard music on English taste, and is also extensively marked with original fingering, of great value to the modern performer. An extended set of bravura variations on La Folia, and two colourful organ voluntaries add contrast to this tuneful selection of domestic music." Reviewed by Clifford Bartlett in Early Music Review 94: 5-6 (October 2003): "It is extremely well produced in oblong format, spiral bound (thus opening flat) and neatly typeset."

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