Exaudiat Te Dominus
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Stéphane Fuget directs his ensemble Les Epopées and the CMBV choir school in this impressive evocation of the reign of Louis XIV at the height of his power with the lavish pomp of Lully’s grands motets.
Stéphane Fuget completes his three year residency programme with Château de Versailles Spectacles celebrating the prestigious occasions, royal weddings, military victories and King’s healings centred on Jean-Baptiste Lully’s corpus of grands motets. For this final chapter he has invited the CMBV choir Les Pages & Les Chantres to join his ensemble Les Epopées, to celebrate the Superintendent of the King’s music by performing his most sumptuous works using truly extraordinary musical formations. Lully’s famous Te Deum (1677) which he conducted so energetically that he fatally stabbed himself in the foot, glorifies the military King blessed by God to resounding trumpets and kettledrums. The closing grand motet, Exaudiat Te Dominus (1684) reflects the pomp and circumstance surrounding Versailles at its height, glorifying a Monarch at the peak of this power.
The CMBV will publish this and the following season’s grands motets by Lully.