De Lalande: Choral Music for Versailles (Grands Motets)
The Sun King’s chapel music – rave review
Michel-Richard de Lalande was the chief composer for the Royal Chapel at Versailles for Louis XIV and Louis XV from 1683-1723, first sharing the duties with three others but consolidating his control over the chapel through the favor of The Sun King himself. Lalande’s 70+ ‘grands motets’ represent the pinnacle of the Versaille Style of Baroque composition, and these three works are masterpieces of this style: Regina Coeli, De Profundis, and Cantate Domino. Brilliant recording of British ensemble Ex Cathedra, which earned a glowing 3-star review from the Penguin Guide.
Liner notes in both English and French, and full texts of all three pieces in Latin and English translation!