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Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire / Christie, Les Arts Florissants

Charpentier / Arts Florissants / Christie
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501887  
Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Jean-Francois GardeilDominique VisseHoward CrookJérôme Corréas,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...As the Charpentier scholar, H. Wiley Hitchcock, remarks in his essay accompanying Christie's version, the musical history of Le ma/ode imaginaire is not a simple one. Lully's various ordinances obliged Charpentier not once, but at least three times, to revise his score, paring it down on each subsequent occasion to meet the ever more outrageous demands of Lully's "dictature musicale". From a mass of surviving material Hitchcock prepared a critical edition which provides the basis of Christie's performance. More recently, however, as I remarked in my review of Minkowski's version, another American scholar, John S. Powell, discovered an eighteenthcentury copy of the missing music of the first interméde and of the petit opéra impromptu. Read more Since both of these are included in Christie's performance the Harmonia Mundi recording must be regarded as the more complete of the two..." - Gramophone, (April, 1991) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Le malade imaginaire, H 495 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Jean-Francois Gardeil (Baritone), Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Howard Crook (Tenor),
Jérôme Corréas (Bass), Alain Trétout (Spoken Vocals), Isabelle Desrochers (Soprano),
Noémi Rime (Soprano), Monique Zanetti (Soprano), William Christie (Spoken Vocals),
Howard Crook (Spoken Vocals), Claire Brua (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1672-1673; France 

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