Rent Pygmalion and Pichon: Les Funérailles De Louis XIV (Raphaël Pichon) (2015)

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Synopsis:
The funeral of Louis XIV mirrored his reign: grandiose and filled with pathos. Raphaël Pichon has chosen the setting of the Chapelle Royale in Versailles, built 'for the use' of the Sun King, to present a musical reconstruction of the event, with chiaroscuro lighting designs by Bertrand Couderc. Solemn grands motets like the De profundis and Dies irae of Michel-Richard de Lalande and the poignant Marche funèbre pour le Convoy du Roy by André Danican Philidor are juxtaposed with rarely heard music by Jean Colin, Louis Chein and Charles d'Helfer. An outstanding performance by Pygmalion, filmed on the occasion of the tercentenary of the event, in November 2015.
Actors:
, Celine Scheen, , Samuel Boden, ,
Directors:
, Nicolai Malsenko
Producers:
Stéphane Vérité
Writers:
Jean Colin, Louis Chein, Charles d’Helfer
Studio:
Harmonia Mundi
Genres:
Drama, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Special Interest
Countries:
France, Drama, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Special Interest
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/04/2018
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, French
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
NTSC
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/04/2018
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, French
Formats:
NTSC
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Beautiful perfomances from all - Pygmalion and Pichon: Les Funérailles De Louis XIV (Raphaël Pichon) review by RD

Spoiler Alert
16/09/2018

French baroque music has a charm and lilt that is so beautiful that even average performances can be beguiling, but when everything is right as in this performance it can be spine-tinglingly beautiful.

The orchestra of period instruments is spot-on in the playing, and not a vibrato to be seen from the string players giving the overall sound a plain sweetness that gives the music its character. The choir is excellent, with dynamics beautifully handled and a good balance of pure voices. The soloists are the crowning glory, they have voices that match the music perfectly, not strident, not wobbly, just pure and well balanced. All these three parts are blended together by great conducting by Raphael Pichon and are very well balanced by the sound engineer, much better than the BBC Proms standards we are used to in the UK.

Other influences add to the enjoyment of the performances, such as the stunning reverberation of the chapel which makes its presence felt throughout. Listen to the solo drummer in the procession down the aisle for how good reverb can sound! Also the use of the balconies and other parts of the chapel frame the whole performance with character and separation.

Watch out early on in the plain vocal pieces for the shadow of the conductor on the wall that looks very much like a clip from the old black & white Nosferatu film.

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