Mondoville: Le Carnaval du Parnasse

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Le Carnaval du Parnasse, Mondonville's heroic ballet, was a dazzling triumph at its premiere in 1749, eclipsing Rameau's Zoroastre, which premiered the same year. Dedicated...

Le Carnaval du Parnasse, Mondonville's heroic ballet, was a dazzling triumph at its premiere in 1749, eclipsing Rameau's Zoroastre, which premiered the same year. Dedicated to the Marquise de Pompadour, muse of the arts and the omnipotent favorite of the King, this whimsical carnival is nothing short of a delicious marivaudage: on Mount Parnassus, Apollo and his Muses indulge in feasts of the senses and entertainments of the heart… Mondonville displays prodigious virtuosity throughout, depicting unheard-of orchestral colors and imagining unbridled dances and vast ceremonial choruses comparable to those in his great motets. Alexis Kossenko and his ensemble Les Ambassadeurs ~ La Grande Écurie, joined by the eminent vocal power of the Chœur de Chambre de Namur, have made an exceptional rediscovery of this masterful reincarnation of the splendors of the Court of Louis XV, then at its apogee.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 26, 2024


  • UPC: 3760385430287


  • Catalog Number: CVS122


  • Label: Chateau de Versailles


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Ambassadeurs, La Grande Ecurie


  • Performer: Hasnaa Bennani, Helene Guilmette, Mathias Vidal, Gwendoline Blondeel, Alexis Kossenko