Poeticall Musicke’s new album Majestie will be released online this Saturday at midday.
It will also be available to order on CD from the following Saturday.
It contains music for written for Louis XIV’s court: three of François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux and two of Michel Richard de Lalande’s Leçons de Ténèbres. Both composers have infused these pieces with a strong sense of the presence of the Sun King, with both joy in his radiance and reverence in his shadow.
His Majestie is said to have uttered ‘Je m’en vais, mais l’État demeurera toujours’ (‘I depart, but the State shall always remain’) on his deathbed. We trust he felt the same about music.
This recording has been made partly to promote Poeticall Musicke’s tour later this month, where they are playing in eight beautiful English churches, in collaboration with the The Churches Conservation Trust. See www.tenebraetour.co.uk for details and tickets.
Come back on Saturday to download it for free!