Salieri - Les Danaides
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Label: Bru Zane
Cat No: ES1019
Format: CD + Book
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 15th June 2015
ArtistsJudith van Wanroij
Les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Les Talens Lyriques
‘One evening I paid a visit to the Opéra. There I saw Les Danaïdes, by Salieri. The gorgeous splendour of the spectacle, the rich fullness of the orchestra and the chorus, the wonderful voice and pathetic charm of Madame Branchu, Dérivis’s rugged power […] filled me with an excitement and enthusiasm that I cannot attempt to describe.’
Thus Berlioz related his encounter with one of the most revolutionary operas of the ancient régime, written by an eminent pupil of Gluck, Antonio Salieri. Feeling the stirrings of early Romanticism, the latter imbued the tragic fate of Hypermnestra with pathos and vehemence such as were rarely attained even by his teacher. The horrible plot fomented by Danaus with his daughters, the Danaids, takes us from palatial splendour to the sinister darkness of a secret temple, and finally to the Underworld itself, where a vulture, serpents, demons and the Furies avenge the mass murder of the sons of Ægyptus.
- Judith van Wanroij: Hypermnestre
- Philippe Talbot: Lyncée
- Tassis Christoyannis: Danaüs
- Katia Velletaz: Plancippe
- Thomas Dolié: Pélagus / Officiers
Benoît Dratwicki: Intrigue and controversy at the Académie Royale de Musique
Marc-Henri Jordan: The stage scenery for ‘Les Danaïdes’ and architectural language
Hivart: Correspondence on the staging of ‘Les Danaïdes’
The musical opinion of ‘Le Mercure de France’ + complete libretto in French and English
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