Campra - L’Europe Galante | Chateau de Versailles Spectacles CVS002

Campra - L’Europe Galante

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Label: Chateau de Versailles Spectacles

Cat No: CVS002

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 21st September 2018

Contents

Artists

Les Nouveaux Caracteres

Conductor

Sebastien d’Herin

Works

Campra, Andre

L'Europe galante

Artists

Les Nouveaux Caracteres

Conductor

Sebastien d’Herin

About

Campra was the most important opera composer between Lully and Rameau. The success of Europe Galante in 1697 is a tribute to this founding work of the Opera-Ballet, mixing dance and opera in the opulent divertissements. Campra takes the spectator on a voyage into the amorous nations of Europe. France moves to the rhythm of the genteel heartbeat of the shepherds and the shepherdesses, Italy refined but jealous and violent and finally the Sultan who has to soothe the criminal bitterness of the Sultana, who has been ousted by a beautiful slave... Spicy musical banter during the reign of Louis XIV, recovered by Les Nouveaux Caracteres directed by Sebastien d'Herin.

Treat yourself to Versailles! With recordings exclusively made in the emblematic settings of the royal residence such as the Opera, the Chapel, Château de Versailles Spectacles is the label dedicated to the repertoire of the most glorious years in the château's history.

Baroque gems, prestigious artists and discoveries, these productions will transport the listener into the splendour and intimacy of historic Versailles as well as today. The label Château de Versailles Spectacles created in 2018 on the occasion of the tenth season of the Royal Opera is evidence of the intense musical activity in this highly important world heritage centre of international tourism which welcomes every year some 8 million visitors.

Reviews

Incredibly, this is the first complete recording of Campra's innovative opera-ballet L'Europe galante (1697)... It is one of several flagship releases launching the new label of Château de Versailles, where Les Nouveaux Caracteres' spirited performance was recorded. ... Having been an obvious lacuna in the discography for so long, this is essential listening for all admirers of French Baroque opera.  David Vickers
Gramophone January 2019

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