In late February 1653, just after the Fronde rebellion, the most influential spectacle of the early reign of Louis XIV was created at the Louvre: the Ballet Royal de la Nuit. Grandiose, and carefully elaborated at the highest levels of the state, the libretto by Bensérade called upon the finest artists of the time. Banishing the troubles of Night, Louis XIV danced in the Sun King costume that would henceforth be for ever associated with him. An indispensable world premiere recording!
Unlike Rameau's other operatic output, 'Le Temple de la Gloire' has been incomprehensibly neglected on disc and on the stage until very recently. There have been a few recordings of the dances from the opera, arranged into suites, but this is the first recording of the complete work. The libretto by Voltaire involves mainly allegorical, symbolic and mythical characters, but its intention is serious – namely to demonstrate his philosophy advocating tolerance, freedom, the welfare and contentment of the people. Of course these are concepts which few of us would argue with today, but it was a different matter under the absolutism of the 18th century.
Eté 1918. La guerre fait rage pour quelques mois encore, mais pour Charles et Angèle, elle est déjà finie. Lui, officier de cavalerie y a laissé une jambe. Elle, son infirmière à domicile, vient de perdre au front son grand amour, le père de sa petite fille. Unis par le besoin de se reconstruire, ils nouent une complicité joyeuse qui les ramène à la vie. Sur l’insistance de Charles, Angèle accepte un mariage de raison. Il leur faudra entrer en guerre, contre eux-mêmes et contre l’autre avant d’accepter l’évidence de la passion qui les lie malgré eux…
Ixion belong to the new breed of doom metal bands that have one foot firmly placed on the prog metal side of things. While they might not be as prog as a band like While Heaven Wept, they do use keyboards as a lead instrument many times. Their sound does harken back to bands like Tiamat, who pushed the limits on what was considered doom.“Enfant de la Nuit” is dark but at the same time has a lot of beauty and melody that isn’t always part of the doom genre. Having an atmospheric, almost ambient touch to many of the songs actually feels perfect with the darker, heavier sound. It’s two halves of the same whole.