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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.

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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

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KING ARTHUR
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

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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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