Passion - Lully, Charpentier & Desmarets / Gens, Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises

Release Date: 8/27/2021
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: ALPHA747
Performer: Véronique Gens
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises, Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 57 Minutes

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This programme marks the eagerly awaited return of Véronique Gens to Baroque music and Lully, in which she made a name for herself at the start of her career. It presents airs from Atys, Persée, Alceste, Proserpine, Le Triomphe de l’Amour and other works by Louis XIV’s famous composer, but also several by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Médée), Henry Desmarets and Pascal Collasse. Whether well known, rare or in some cases even unpublished, all of them present roles for powerful women whose love is unrequited: dark passions, bitter laments, jealousy, vengeance, the type of dramatic characters that Véronique Gens embodies with all the charisma that has made her reputation. This recording is also the result of an encounter with the youthful ensemble Les Surprises, founded and directed by Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas. Together they conceived this programme, which mingles airs, dances and choruses, in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

 

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The voice remains in remarkable condition, as strongly radiant, firm and secure as ever with powerful chest notes. And of course the characteristics that have made her so prized in this repertoire, the perfect shaping of line and outstanding diction, remain, still more finely honed.

 

– Opera

Works on This Recording
1. Amadis* by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1684 ;
2. Achille et Polyxène: Calme tes déplaisirs by Pascal Collasse
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
3. Thétis et Pélée: Tempête by Pascal Collasse
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
4. Circé: Désirs, transports by Henry Desmarets
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1694 ;
5. Proserpine: Deuxième air by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1680 ;
6. Le temple de la paix Suite: VII. Entrée des Bretons et Brettones, passepieds by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1685 ;
7. Proserpine by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1680 ;
8. Atys, LWV 53, Act III: Ritournelle: Espoir si cher et si doux by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Period: Baroque
Written: 1676 ; France
9. La naissance de Vénus, Part II: Dieu des enfers Écoutez mes peines by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1665 ;
10. Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Canaries by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1670 ;
11. Armide, Act II: Enfin il est en ma puissance by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1686 ;
12. Persée: Ouverture by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1682 ;
13. Le triomphe de l'amour: Air de la nuit: Voici le favorable temps … by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1681 ;
14. La Diane de Fontainebleau: Choeur du sommeil by Henry Desmarets
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1686 ;
15. Alceste by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1674 ;
Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1693 ;
17. Le triomphe de l'amour: Air pour l'entrée de borée et des quatre vents by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1681 ;
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