Vincent Dumestre director Claire Lefilliatre soprano Jean-Francois Lombard countertenor Serge Goubioud tenor Geoffrey Buffiere bass At the World's Courts The East, which held such appeal at the courts of Louis XIII and, especially, of Louis XIV, at a time when Central Europe was at war with the Ottomans and Western trading posts were being set up in Asia and the Americas, features prominently in many of Le Poeme Harmonique's famous productions. The most memorable examples are the turqueries of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and the Chansons turquesques of Charles Tessier. This programme presents an anthology of 17th century French and European pieces, exploring the influence of such exoticism. Various parts of the Ballet des Nations from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme are interspersed with works evoking Turkey, Arabia, China, Cambodia and the West Indies. Lully, as composer of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, plays a central role in this programme, but Cavalli and Moulinie represent other European voices.