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Lully - Alceste | Aparte AP164

Lully - Alceste

£21.79

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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP164

Barcode: 3149028115222

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 26th January 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Judith van Wanroij
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Emiliano Gonzales Toro
Bre Williams
Etienne Bazola
Benedicte Tauran
Lucia Martin-Carton
Enguerrand de Hys
Choeur de Chambre de Namur
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Lully, Jean-Baptiste

Alceste, LWV50

Artists

Judith van Wanroij
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Emiliano Gonzales Toro
Bre Williams
Etienne Bazola
Benedicte Tauran
Lucia Martin-Carton
Enguerrand de Hys
Choeur de Chambre de Namur
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

A master stroke born of the collaboration of the composer Lully and his librettist Quinault, the musical tragedy Alceste caused a great stir at the time of its creation in 1674. At that time, Tragedy was reserved for the theatre, while the music concerned itself with the comedic. But thanks to the combined talents of Lully and Quinault, the stage of the Royal Academy of Music saw the development of the new tragic and lyrical genre.

In addition to the choir, the nine soloists, directed with energy and finesse by Christophe Rousset, present here characters with passions more real than life. The libretto is based on a Cornelian dilemma. This timeless theme of a thwarted love moves us all the more because of the clarity of the text and the amplification of emation in the score. Christophe Rousset and his Talens Lyriques recording is an interpretation where theatre and music combine in jubilant harmony.

Reviews

Few if any conductors match Christophe Rousset’s understanding of Lullian style and rhetoric; and few could complain that he tweaks the sparse orchestration here and there when the effect is so theatrically vivid. ... In the title-role Judith Van Wanroij, with a touch of metal in her limpid tone, seems ideally cast, bringing a mingled intensity and delicacy of inflection to her moving laments in Acts 2 and 3. ... it is hard to imagine this music, often delightful, sometimes witty, intermittently touching, coming alive more vividly than it does here.  Richard Wigmore
Gramophone February 2018
Directing from the harpsichord, Christophe Rousset brings just the right balance of spontaneity and refinement to this recording. Oustanding among the stylish cast are Judith Van Wanroij as the eponymous heroine, her delivery pliant and lucid, her satin tones persuasively seductive, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Admète), whose chameleon tenor has an emotive expressive range... and Edwin Crossley-Mercer, a lustrous-toned Alcide. ... Most compelling of all, though, is the Namur Chamber Choir, whose singing is by turns rapt and silky, agile and urgent.  Kate Bolton-Porciatti (Opera Choice)
BBC Music Magazine April 2018

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