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Charpentier : Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Les Arts Florissants. Wakim, Blumberg, Warnken, O'Dette, Stubbs.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:15:27

Recording : 27/01-04/02/2019
Location : Brême
Country : Allemagne
Sound : Stereo

Label : CPO
Catalog No. : CPO555283
EAN : 0761203528325
Price Code : DM021A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 03/07/2019

Genre : Classical
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1636-1704)
Les plaisirs de Versailles, H 480
Les arts florissants, opéra, H 487

Teresa Wakim, soprano
Margot Rood, soprano
Molly Netter, soprano
Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano
Jason McStoots, ténor
Aaron Sheehan, ténor
Jesse Blumberg, baryton
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles
Paul O'Dette, direction
Stephen Stubbs, direction

In 2015 our most recent Charpentier recording to date, La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with young soloists and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, received the Grammy Award for the "Best Opera Production" of the preceding year and Gramophone’s "Editor’s Choice". Our new CD featuring two "mini-operas" by Charpentier again offers enthralling performances of this court music of charming dance character and elegance. In contrast to Charpentier’s other operas, Les Plaisirs de Versailles is directly associated with Louis XIV. The title of the manuscript score registers very clearly and unmistakably what is involved in this composition, and its equation of the "plaisirs", "the pleasures", with the king’s residence not only serves to reveal the subject but also the context: on the one hand, the work describes the pleasures that could be experienced in the royal palace; on the other hand, it itself is supposed to be one of these pleasures. Once again a beautiful and top-quality work from opera history is made available to listeners of the twenty-first century: "An important addition to the Charpentier discography". (Toccata)

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