Salieri: Armida / Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques

Release Date: 4/9/2021
Label: Aparte
Catalog Number: 244
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 2

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A keen advocate of the works of Antonio Salieri, Christophe Rousset continues his exploration of the composer's works, having unearthed the manuscript of another masterpiece. The three-act opera Armida, first performed on June 2, 1771 in Vienna, presents a perfect synthesis of the Italian and French styles. Salieri was just twenty when he turned to the difficult opera seria genre. He chose to tackle a well-known subject: that of the love affair between the Christian Crusader Rinaldo and the Saracen sorceress Armida, borrowed from Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata. A very dense plot focuses on an intense drama involving just four characters. The fluidity, originality and brio of his compositional style were to ensure Salieri's lasting reputation throughout Europe.

 

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Lenneke Ruiten and Florie Valiquette blend perfectly. The latter makes a magnificent Rinaldo. Ruiten's singing is brilliant, touching and unfailingly lovely. The 20-strong Namur Chamber Choir, whether cavorting rustically or threatening demonically, provide excellent support. The richness and beauty of the playing, under the unerring direction of Christophe Rousset, is beyond praise.

 

– Gramophone (Editor's Choice, May 2021)


[Rousset] has produced a quite outstanding addition, distinguished not only by the superb orchestral playing that unfailingly characterizes the work of Les Talens Lyriques but also a fine cast led by two sopranos that are less familiar names among artists working with Rousset.

 

– Opera

Works on This Recording
1. Armida: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Classical
Written: 1771 ; Vienna, Austria
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