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Purcell: King Arthur / Labin, Fernandes, Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel

Purcell / Concert Spirituel / Niquet
Release Date: 12/08/2009 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 921619  
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joao FernandesMarc MauillonMathias VidalMelodie Ruvio,   ... 
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A wild, modern staging of Henry Purcell’s King Arthur featuring the French comedy duo of Shirley et Dino (Corinne and Gilles Benizio) with João Fernandes as King Arthur in a new plot full of comic sketches reminiscent of Monty Python.


The brilliant, innovative Hervé Niquet... talked Corinne and Gilles Benizio (a French comic duo known as Shirley et Dino) into directing their first opera.... [T]hey launched a full-frontal comic attack on King Arthur that is colorful, funny, surprising and even beautiful... The solo singers are fine, with soprano Ana Maria Labin a standout, delivering a poised and lovely "Fairest Isle." As King Arthur, Joao Fernandes exhibits a rich bass-baritone
Read more (with excellent English diction) and dancing skills that take him from a Monty Python-esque horseback skit to a punk-rock exhibition on top of a banquet table. Highly recommended.

-- Judith Malafronte, Opera News


Henry Purcell
libretto by John Dryden

Le Concert Spirituel
Hervé Niquet

Mise en scène:
Corinne & Gilles Benizio (Shirley & Dino)

Ana Maria Labin, soprano
Chantal Santon-Jeffery, soprano
Mélodie Ruvio, mezzo-soprano
Mathias Vidal, high tenor
Marc Mauillon, tenor
João Fernandes, bass

A film by Olivier Simonnet

Total playing time (incl. bonus): 1:52
Recorded at the Opéra National de Montpellier
Languedoc-Roussillon in March 2009
Produced by Telmondis & Le Concert Spirituel
with the participation of France Télévisions
and Calicot Productions

NTSC Color 16:9
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
PCM Digital Stereo + DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, Français, Deutsch, Español
DVD art direction: Valentín Iglesias
DVD production: Platin Media Productions
DVD subtitling: Texthouse
Executive producer: Carlos Céster
Booklet texts: Hervé Niquet and Corinne & Gilles Benizio
English, Français, Deutsch, Español
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Works on This Recording

King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joao Fernandes (Bass), Marc Mauillon (Baritone), Mathias Vidal (Tenor),
Melodie Ruvio (Mezzo Soprano), Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Soprano), Gilles Benizio (Voice),
Corinne Benizio (Voice), Ana-Maria Labin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 

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