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FOUR CENTURIES OF MUSIC AT VERSAILLES

 

Music could be heard at all times and in all places at Versailles. From sunrise to sunset, it accompanied all the major moments of life at the Court, at suppers and hunts, festivities, in the groves and gardens, and at the Trianon, too.

Today, music has reclaimed its rightful place at Versailles, thanks not only to the programme of the Royal Opera but also to the Château de Versailles Spectacles record label.

Our Château de Versailles Spectacles record collection was launched in 2018 and now features more than one hundred records and video recordings – all made in the most beautiful halls of the Château de Versailles –, preserving the memory of concerts imbued with the spirit of the Royal Opera, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors and more. These pieces, some of them brought to life by little-known or forgotten composers such as Charpentier, the Couperins, Rameau and Rebel, and revived by acclaimed orchestras and figures such as Vincent Dumestre and his Poème Harmonique, Gaétan Jarry and Marguerite Louise, Leonardo García Alarcón and his Cappella Mediterranea, not to mention the organists Bernard Foccroulle and Olivier Latry on the 1710 Great Organs of the Chapel, to cite just a few, will therefore receive their rightful tributes. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera, founded in 2019, also makes a key contribution, participating actively in the label’s recordings. Lyrical performances mingle with prestigious concerts and intimate chamber music in this programme, where pieces from the European – and especially French – baroque repertoire reign supreme.

Versailles and its music represents inestimable artistic and historical heritage, an idyll of so-called “French-style” elegance and delight; the CD, as a physical object, is the tangible form of an imaginary world that it seeks to bring to life. It is an objet d’art in its own right, and we are its custodians.

With frequent media acclaim in France and abroad (Diamant d’Opéra magazine, CHOC de Classica, Diapason d’Or, among others), recordings continue in this royal setting. In 2022, a year of recognition, the Château de Versailles Spectacles record label was crowned “Label of the Year” at the prestigious ICMA (International Classical Music Awards 2022) for the excellence of its entire collection.

Like the Sun King, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, fill your day with music thanks to our record collection !

 

THE CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES SPECTACLES RECORD COLLECTION

 

Discover or rediscover the masterpieces and rare gems of the baroque and classical repertoire with the greatest performers : Hervé Niquet (Richard Cœur de Lion by Grétry, The Magic Flute by Mozart, Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Boismortier), John Eliot Gardiner (La Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz), Vincent Dumestre (Phaéton, Cadmus et Hermione et Le Bourgeois gentilhomme by Lully, Egisto by Cavalli), Raphaël Pichon (Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi), Gaétan Jarry (Les Arts Florissans and David et Jonathas by Charpentier), Valentin Tournet (Les Indes Galantes by Rameau, Magnificat by Bach), Stéphane Fuget (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria by Monteverdi, Grands Motets by Lully in 3 volumes), Leonardo García Alarcón (La Finta Pazza by Sacrati and The Coronation of Poppaea by Monteverdi), Olivier Latry (Mass for the Convents and Mass for the Parishes by Couperin), Jordi Savall (L’Orfeo by Monteverdi), Christophe Rousset (Psyché and Atys by Lully), Placido Domingo (The Versailles Gala), Mathias Vidal (Rameau triomphant) and Marc Minkowski (Nouvelle Symphonie by Rameau). The label has also recorded the first two French operas composed by women: Cephalus and Procris by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Les Génies by Mademoiselle Duval.

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera has also recorded Handel’s Messiah, directed by Franco Fagioli, with the label, as well as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Zingarelli’s Romeo and Juliet with Stefan Plewniak, Purcell and Handel’s Coronation anthems assembled in The Crown by Gaétan Jarry, Dis-moi Vénus… with Marie Perbos, the Stabat Maters by Pergolesi and Vivaldi conducted by Marie Van Rhijn, and more.

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You can also hear the recordings of our shows on our Live Opera Versailles platform and fill your day with music thanks to our collection of records available at : Qobuz , Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, Idagio, YouTube Music, Tidal, Itunes Store or Prestomusic.

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CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES SPECTACLES VOTED LABEL OF THE YEAR AT THE ICMA

This collection, for the appeal of its repertoire, the quality of the ensembles and artists, the excellent quality of the sound recordings and a presentation so luxurious that it can only be described as Versaillesque !

 

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