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Gluck: Philemon & Baucis / Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 9995   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann HallenbergMagnus StavelandMarie LenormandDitte Anderson
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber ChoirLes Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

La Feste d'Apollo was composed for the marriage of Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, and Maria Amalia, Archduchess of Austria, in the summer of 1769. It consisted of a prologue and three non-related acts, two of which are recorded here: Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone. In addition to music, there was a tournament, a festival celebrating the arts and sciences, and a Chinese fair. Even the general public was invited.

Gluck drew upon some previously composed works for the commission, but much of the music will be new to modern listeners--and it is a delight, and delightfully performed. In the first opera we meet Aristeo, son of Apollo, who was in love with Eurydice and caused her death, whereupon the Dryads punished him by killing all of
Read more his bees. At the suggestion of his mother, Cyrene, he sacrifices several bulls to atone. It works--a new set of bees emerges from the bulls' entrails--and Aristeo, his mother, and his current love interest, Cydippe, are happy. In the second opera, the eponymous couple gives shelter to a disguised Jupiter; he rewards them with eternal life and makes them demigods. They're hardly Tristan or Otello, but it makes a nice entertainment, nevertheless.

No one knows this repertoire better than Christophe Rousset, and he leads his Talens Lyriques in sprightly performances, the orchestra crisp and the singers dramatically alert, even in the tepid recitatives. Coloratura soprano Ditte Andersen is the vocal standout as Cyrene in the first opera and Bauci in the second. In the latter she sings an aria, "Il mio pastor tu sei", with a very high tessitura--many high F-sharps--and she dispatches it all with ease. Ann Hallenberg lends her warm mezzo to the role of Aristeo and Marie Lenormand matches Andersen note for note and trill for trill in a duet as Filemone. In short, this is a thoroughly enjoyable set that may not change your life but will divert you in the best possible way.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Magnus Staveland (Tenor), Marie Lenormand (Mezzo Soprano),
Ditte Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769 
2. Le feste d'Apollo: Bauci e Filemone by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Magnus Staveland (Tenor), Marie Lenormand (Mezzo Soprano),
Ditte Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769 

Sound Samples

Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Introduction
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 1: Recitative: E dovro sempre (Aristeo, Ati)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 2: Recitative: Popoli a lui soggetti (Ati)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 3: Aria: Quell'alma agitata (Ati)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 3: Recitative: Si vezzosa Cidippe (Cirene, Cidippe)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 4: Recitative: O del patrio Penoe (Aristeo, Cidippe)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 4: Aria: Tu sei Madre (Cidippe)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 5: Recitative: Cosi risponde (Aristeo, Cirene)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 5: Aria: Nocchier che in mezzo all'onde (Cirene)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 6: Recitative: Parlasti con Cirene? (Ati, Aresteo)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 6: Cavatina: Numi offesi, ombre sdegnate (Aristeo)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Sinfonia
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 7: Recitative: Meco venite, amici (Aristeo)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 7: Del figlio d'Apollo (Chorus)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 7: Recitative: Tuona il Cielo a sinistra (Aristeo, Silvia)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 7: Aria: Cessate, fuggite (Aristeo)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 7: Eccheggiar s'odano (Chorus)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 8: Recitaitve: signor, le tue vicende (Ati, Aristeo)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 9: Recitative: Fra le tue braccia, o Madre (Cirene, Cidippe)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 9: Fosti ognor l'amato bene (Cirene, Cidippe, Aristeo)
Le feste d'Apollo: Aristeo: Scene 9: Accompagni la Coppia felice (Chorus)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Overture
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 1: Duet: Mio tesor, che bel concento (Bauci, Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 2: Recitative: E cosi dunque obblia (Giove, Bauci, Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 2: Aria: La fiamma del mio petto (Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 2: Ninfa gentile (Giove, Bauci, Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 2: Recitative: Prima ch'io sposi il suono (Bauci)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 3: Al vecchio genitor (Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 3: Aria: Il mio pastor tu sei (Bauci)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 4: Di due bell'anime (Chorus)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 4: Recitative: Ora con lieti auspizi (Filemon, Bauci)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Sbandite ogni timore (Giove)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Lodi eterne (Chorus)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Recitative: Porgetive (Giove)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Aria: Il mio Nume (Giove)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Recitative: Sogno, o son desto? (Bauci, Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Duet: Se tuo dono, o fausto Nume (Bauci, Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Non mai stato piu beato (Chorus)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Recitative: Il giusto guiderdone (Giove)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Aria: Pe' gravi torti meiei (Giove)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Tempesta con fulmini
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Recitaive: Tranquilli ora vivete (Giove, Bauci, Filemone)
Le feste d'Apollo: Philemon and Baucis: Scene 5: Re superno a cui si grata (Chorus)

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