LULLY: Phaeton

2 CD - Aparté AP061
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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
original title: Jean-Baptiste Lully : Phaeton
collection: Aparté

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  • Founded in 1991 by Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques are now internationally recognised for their excellence in the Baroque repertoire and their latest recordings in the genre, for Aparté, have earned them international acclaim.
    After the huge success of 'Bellérophon', they now present Lully's 'Phaéton', recorded at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in October 2012. The critics commented on the admirable clarity and precision of the performance, the perfection of the choruses, sung with veracity by the Namur Chamber Choir, and an ideal cast.
    'Phaéton' was the eighth tragédie lyrique to emerge from the successful collaboration between Jean-Baptiste Lully and his faithful librettist, Philippe Quinault, and it is one of their most remarkable creations. First performed in 1683, it proved so popular that it was referred to as the ‘opéra du peuple’. As Christophe Rousset puts it, "Its airs were whistled at Versailles and on the bridges of Paris."
    In keeping with the tastes of the time, the work is laden with allegory. Phaéton describes a young man’s temerity in wishing to drive the chariot of the sun god, his father, and his subsequent downfall. It presents a moral lesson and also served the image of the king: Jupiter brings to an end the chaos that prevails in the world, just as Louis XIV brought peace to Europe, while promising his people a Golden Age.

    "There are glorious things in the score, though, all of them presented by Rousset with his customary brilliance... The vocal honours, inevitably perhaps, went to Emiliano Gonzalez Toro in the title role and the great Cyril Auvity as his father, both of them wonderfully at ease with Lully's stratospheric tenor writing. Ingrid Perruche's majestic Clymène, Isabelle Druet's embittered Théone, and Andrew Foster-Williams as Libye's vengeful lover Epaphus were all outstanding." Tim Ashley, The Guardian

    ALSO AVAILABLE: AP015 Lully Béllérophon
    Sunday Times Top 100 Albums of 2011
    BBC Music Magazine Opera Choice
    C D Review Disc of the Week
    Guardian *****
    Opera Now*****

    CONCERTS: 6th December Wigmore Hall, Christophe Rousset, Couperin Apothéoses
    6th March Barbican Les Talens Lyriques, Rameau Les Indes Galantes

  • Les Talens Lyriques
    Christophe Rousset

    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro [Phaéton]
    Ingrid Perruche [Clymène]
    Isabelle Druet [Théone, Astrée]
    Gaëlle Arquez [Libye]
    Andrew Foster-Williams [Épaphus]
    Frédéric Caton [Mérops, Automne, Jupiter]
    Benoît Arnould [Protée, Saturne]
    Cyril Auvity [Triton, le Soleil]

  • 2 CD - 2h 33mn 0s
    upc/ean. 3149028040326
    ref. AP061
    release date. 2013-10-21

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