Lully - Armide | Aparte AP135

Lully - Armide

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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP135

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 28th April 2017

Contents

Artists

Marie-Adeline Henry
Antonia Figueroa
Judith Van Wanroij
Marie-Claude Chappuis
Marc Mauillon
Douglas Williams
Cyril Auvity
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Etienne Bazola
Choeur de chambre de Namur
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Lully, Jean-Baptiste

Armide

Artists

Marie-Adeline Henry
Antonia Figueroa
Judith Van Wanroij
Marie-Claude Chappuis
Marc Mauillon
Douglas Williams
Cyril Auvity
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Etienne Bazola
Choeur de chambre de Namur
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

Following the huge success of Bellérophon, Phaéton and Amadis, Aparté presents the highly-awaited rediscovery of Armide by Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, served by an impeccable cast, as the grand finale of their Lully recordings.

Armide is in the form of a tragédie en musique, a genre invented by Lully and Quinault, and was their last collaboration. It was a new form of opera that combined elements of classical French drama with ballet, French song and a new form of recitative. Critics in the 18th century regarded Armide as Lully's masterpiece and it continues to be well-regarded, featuring some of the best-known music in French baroque opera and being arguably ahead of its time in its psychological interest. The subject, chosen for Lully by King Louis XIV, is the enchantress Armide’s unhappy love for the knight Renaud, drawn from Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata.

Numbered limited edition

Reviews

Armide (1686) was the last collaboration between Lully and the librettist Quinault. ... Christophe Rousset’s crisply detailed concert performance at the Philharmonie de Paris in December 2015 yields the finest recorded version yet. ... Les Talens Lyriques play with consummate mastery of elegantly swaying inégales, fizzy brilliance or suave dancelike gestures as each moment in Lully’s score demands; the assorted dances and divertissements are moulded exquisitely under Rousset’s sagacious direction from the harpsichord.  David Vickers
Gramophone July 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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