Mondonville / Kossenko / Bennani - Le Carnaval Du Parnasse | RECORD STORE DAY

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Le Carnaval du Parnasse, Mondonville's heroic ballet, was a dazzling triumph at it's 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 favourite 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 colours and imagining unbridled dances and vast ceremonial choruses comparable to those in his great motets. Alexis Kossenko and his ensemble Les Ambassadeurs - La Grande ecurie, joined by the eminent vocal power of the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, have made an exceptional rediscovery of this masterful reincarnation of the splendours of the Court of Louis XV, then at it's apogee.