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Work: Atys

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ComposerLully, Jean-Baptiste (1632-1687)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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A historical curiosity in Valletta: Atys en Folie

Atys © Mario Mintoff PhotoCity
The opera parody Atys en Folie created for the Valletta International Baroque festival is an interesting historical curiosity, but the genre's very specific brand of humour doesn't appeal to everyone.

Fêtes Galantes: Musical Gallantry at Wigmore Hall

‘Fêtes Galantes’ is one of those glorious French phrases that sounds so wonderful but is nigh on impossible to translate. Rather than having any concrete meaning, it evokes Watteau-esque imagery of woodland gatherings, where eighteenth-century aristocrats amuse themselves by flirting, dancing and making music.
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Atys, an opera fit for a king

In 1676, Louis XIV’s court composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully, wrote Atys, an unusually tragic opera that became a favorite of the king. In 1987, William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants revived it in an acclaimed series of performances in Paris and eventually at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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Un Lully sans éclat : Les Paladins aux Invalides

Les Paladins aux Invalides © DR
Dans l'acoustique généreuse de la Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides, Les Paladins de Jérôme Correas ont interprété avec plus ou moins de bonheur un programme entièrement consacré au compositeur florentin.
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Rejuvenecer a los 40: Les Arts Florissants celebra su aniversario

William Christie dirige Les Arts Florissants en el Auditorio Nacional © CNDM | Elvira Megías
Les Arts Florissants celebra su 40 aniversario con un excelente concierto en torno a un programa de grandes nombres del Barroco.
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