Rameau - Dardanus
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Cat No: GCD924010
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 26th February 2021
ArtistsJudith van Wanroij
Chantal Santon Jeffery
In conjunction with the preparation of a fresh edition for the Rameau Opera Omnia of the May 1744 version of Dardanus (under the aegis of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Vashegyi conducts from a score prepared by the composer (and his librettist Leclerc de La Bruère) following the work’s rejection by Paris Opéra audiences in 1739, with the intention of reinforcing the tragédie’s dramatic action.
Enacting this new sense of intensity on this Glossa release are Cyrille Dubois in the title role of the warrior besotted with Iphise (Judith van Wanroij), traumatised by her “guilty love” for the enemy of her dour father, Teucer (Thomas Dolié), who allocates the princess’s marriage hand to a princely ally, Anténor (Tassis Christoyannis). With aid and abetment from Vénus (Chantal Santon Jeffrey) and a Magician (Dolié again), Love conquers all.
The dazzling array of solo singing featured here is accompanied, by turns, by joyful and mournful, festive and demonic choral interjections, the all couched in an exuberant, florid and decorative orchestral score (which includes the famous Chaconne).
- Iphise, L’Amour: Judith van Wanroij
- Vénus, Une Phrygienne: Chantal Santon Jeffery
- Dardanus: Cyrille Dubois
- Teucer, Isménor: Thomas Dolie
- Anténor: Tassis Christoyannis
- Arcas: Clément Debieuvre
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