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Molière wrote Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme as a comédie-ballet with Lully and it was first performed in 1670. Its curious combination of song, dance and spoken dialogue has always kept it in view, and Richard Strauss famously proposed an operatic version of it which became Ariadne auf Naxos.

In this recording, the grandiose setting of the Opéra Royal at Versailles is used to full effect, with Monsieur Jourdain, the bourgeois gentleman of the title, thoroughly out of place in the midst of its regal splendours. Jourdain is performed by Pascal Rénéric, who does quite a bit of galumphing and bellowing as he learns to dance and sing, while his sceptical wife (Emeline

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