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Jean-Baptiste Lully (Composer)

Born: 28th November 1632, Florence, Italy

Died: 22nd March 1687, Paris, France

Nationality: French, Italian

Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who is considered a master of the French Baroque music style. Best known for his operas, he spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France and became a French subject in 1661.

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 Interview, Christophe Rousset on Lully and Gounod

The French harpsichordist and conductor talks to Katherine about recording Lully's 1677 opera Isis (out now on Aparté) and the original 1859 version of Gounod's Faust, released in September on Bru Zane.

 Recording of the Week, Lully’s Bellérophon

Christophe Rousset presides over a splendidly elegant account of Lully’s 1679 opera, with Cyril Auvity in the title-role, and Les Talens Lyriques on vigorous form.

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