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Charpentier: Acteon / William Christie, Les Arts Florissants


Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951095   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Dominique VisseAgnès MellonGuillemette LaurensJill Feldman,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Acteon receives an exemplary performance (on Harmonia Mundi HM 1095. 5/83) from the Arts Florissants ensemble directed by William Christie (who plays one of the two continuo harpsichords in the Cesti). After a hunting overture that breaks away from the Lully pattern, the brutal mythological story is presented in six short scenes that include several striking choruses and are rich in melodic invention: Acteon's "sleep scene" (a traditional element of the Lullian tragedie-lirique) and the final chorus of mourning by his fellow-hunters are especially memorable. The alto Dominique Visse, in the title-role, skilfully changes his vocal timbre when Actaeon is turned into a stag—not so much, a vengeful Juno Read more reveals, because he had chanced to see Diana bathing as because he is descended from Europa, with whom Juno's consort Jupiter had dallied.

-- Gramophone [9/1983]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1. Actéon, H 481 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Agnès Mellon (Soprano), Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano),
Jill Feldman (Soprano), Françoise Paut (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683-1685; France 
Language: French 
2. Le mariage forcé, H 494 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1672; France 
Language: French 

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