Charpentier - La Descente d’Orphee aux enfers
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Cat No: GCD923602
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th May 2018
Mailys de Villoutreys
WorksLa Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers, H488
Mailys de Villoutreys
This is a two-act chamber opera, written in 1686, and it is not known whether Charpentier ever composed any more music for the piece (the drama stops at a tantalizing moment in the well-known story). Even still, the composer appears to have invested substantial inspiration into the work, which will have been performed in front of the composer’s patron, Mademoiselle de Guise by a group of singers working within the limitations imposed by Jean- Baptiste Lully’s “musical monopoly” of the time.
For this recording, keyboard-player Ronan Khalil directs his Ensemble Desmarest. The demanding lead role of this entertainment continues Auvity’s strong current presence in French Baroque music-making – as well as his connection with Glossa. His Orpheus follows his previous Charpentier Stances du Cid release on the label, as well as appearances in operas by Campra, Destouches and Lully. Marc Trautmann both informs and entertains in his accompanying booklet essay.
- Orphee: Cyril Auvity
- Eurydice: Céline Scheen
- Pluton: Etienne Bazola
- Proserpine: Floriane Hasler
- Daphné: Maïlys de Villoutreys
- Apollon, Titye: Virgile Ancely
- Œnone: Jeanne Crousaud
- Aréthuze: Dagmar Saskova
- Ixion: Kevin Skelton
- Tantale: Guillaume Gutierrez
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