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Video streamed event and on demand: Les Ambassadeurs ~ La Grande Écurie / Alexis Kossenko

Watch online on oudemuziek.nlEarly Music TelevisionRecorded at Early Music Television, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Thursday 01 September 202220:00
On demand from Thursday 01 September 2022 20:00

We like to do things on a grand scale at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, but it doesn't often turn out to be quite as massive as this concert with Les Ambassadeurs ~ La Grande Écurie. With four orchestral suites, the 70-strong orchestra is aiming for an evening of exuberant musical entertainment à la Versailles, where important occasions were celebrated in breath-taking splendour.

King Louis XV pulled out all the stops for the wedding of his grandson, the Count of Artois. His 'surintendant de la musique' François Francœur was given carte blanche to provide the luxurious dinners with a perfect soundtrack. The result: sparkling orchestral pages distilled from the operas of Mondonville, Rameau and other iconic masters. Their compositions are given a festive look, tailored according to the latest fashion, entirely to the taste of a royal court situated between Baroque, Rococo and Classical.

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