Lully - Amadis | Aparte AP094

Lully - Amadis

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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP094

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th September 2014

Contents

Artists

Cyril Auvity
Judith Van Wanroij
Ingrid Perruche
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Benoît Arnould
Benedicte Tauran
Hasnaa Bennani
Pierrick Boisseau
Reinoud Van Mechelen
Caroline Weynants
Virginie Thomas
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Lully, Jean-Baptiste

Amadis

Artists

Cyril Auvity
Judith Van Wanroij
Ingrid Perruche
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Benoît Arnould
Benedicte Tauran
Hasnaa Bennani
Pierrick Boisseau
Reinoud Van Mechelen
Caroline Weynants
Virginie Thomas
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

After 'Roland', 'Persée', 'Bellérophon' and, most recently, 'Phaéton', Christophe Rousset continues his revival of Lully's tragédies lyriques, written at the time of Louis XIV, with this performance of 'Amadis', one of the composer’s finest scores: a masterpiece of French music, wonderfully balanced, extremely accomplished.

It was Louis XIV himself who asked Lully and his librettist Quinault to base an opera on Montalvo’s early 16th Century 'Amadís de Gaula', thus breaking with the usual mythological subjects and giving them an opportunity to change significantly the general intention of the tragédie lyrique genre. For the first time the prologue is closely linked to the main body of the work. The ‘symphonic’ pieces, supported by trumpets and kettledrums, are quite remarkable, especially the final chaconne, which is probably the finest in the whole of French opera. The arias are full of feeling, with the famous ‘Bois épais’, ‘Tu me trahis, malheureux’, ‘Il m’appelle’ moving constantly between heroic courage and the sadness caused by fearful love.

'Amadis', premièred in Paris in 1684, was performed constantly in the capital until 1772 and is here captured in a new recording from 4-6 July 2013 at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles.

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