Salut! Baroque celebrates French elegance with ‘From Paris to Versailles’

Salut! Baroque is delight to announce the launch of our eleventh album, From Paris to Versailles. The collection celebrates the glorious music emerging from Louis XIV’s desire to impress the world with French elegance, beauty and charm. The musical road from Paris to Versailles was one of increasing passion, expressiveness and innovation which was revered and imitated throughout Europe.

It became hip to be French, and European royalty sent their own Court composers to study the French style, keen to emulate Louis XIV’s courtly opulence. From sublime soprano voices in Leçon de Ténèbres by Couperin and Charpentier to the wild ride of Royer’s harpsichord solo Le Vertigo, From Paris to Versailles is a showcase of the enormous contribution of composers Marais, Couperin, Rameau, Charpentier, Montéclair, Naudot, Corrette and Royer.

Sample track: Michel Corrette (1709-1795)
Concerto Comique No. 18 in A minor La Tourière (1748) Allegro (1:50)
Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder

Album Track Listing

1 Marin Marais Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris

2 François Couperin ‘Le Grand’ Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres

3-5 Jacques-Christophe Naudot Concerto in G Major, Op. 17 No. 5

6 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair Air Arbres épais, sombre feuillage

7-9 Michel Corrette Concerto Comique No. 18 in A minor La Tourière

10 Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer Le Vertigo

11 Marc-Antoine Charpentier Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres

12-14 Jean-Philippe Rameau Premier Concert


Jane Sheldon, Soprano
Anna Fraser, Soprano
Sally Melhuish, Recorder
Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder
Megan Lang, Baroque Flute
Matthew Greco, Baroque Violin
Rafael Font, Baroque Violin
Anthea Cottee, Viola da gamba
Laura Moore, Viola da gamba
Tim Blomfield, Baroque Cello / Bass Violin
Monika Kornel, Harpsichord / Organ