Arne - The Judgment of Paris | Dutton - Epoch CDLX7361

Arne - The Judgment of Paris

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Label: Dutton - Epoch

Cat No: CDLX7361

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 24th May 2019

Contents

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Gillian Ramm (soprano)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Anthony Gregory (tenor)
Andrew Mahon (bass)
The Brook Street Band

Conductor

John Andrews

Works

Arne, Thomas

The Judgment of Paris

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Gillian Ramm (soprano)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Anthony Gregory (tenor)
Andrew Mahon (bass)
The Brook Street Band

Conductor

John Andrews

About

Thomas Arneís opera The Judgment of Paris (1742), a setting of William Congreveís libretto of the same name, is known only from the printed score, but in this world premiere recording is performed with panache and authority by The Brook Street Band and a scintillating young cast led by sopranos Mary Bevan (Venus), Susanna Fairbairn (Pallas) and Gillian Ramm (Juno), with tenors Ed Lyon as the shepherd Paris and Anthony Gregory as Mercury, all under the expert direction of conductor John Andrews. By the end of the opera we are not surprised when Venusís softly, softly appeal to her shepherd judge succeeds over the more demonstrative blandishments of her competitors, Pallas and Juno. This is a lovely discovery, with all the cast joining in the spirit of this fable to give it a stylish and compelling revival.

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