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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 417 Mb | Total time: 81:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Éditions Arts Florissants | # AF002 | Recorded: 2013

With Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, William Christie invites us to take a pleasant walk in the beautiful garden of French vocal music from the XVIIIth Century. Featured composers include Rameau and his contemporaries, and the repertoire ranges from opera highlights and profane cantatas to instrumental interludes. Christie's program presents a vivid overview of the music that was played in Versailles at the peak of its splendor. The album's vocal soloists are young singers who took part in Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices) - a biannual musical academy led by William Christie and Paul Agnew that is designed to unveil the most promising talents of the coming generation.

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 72:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMC 901454 | Recorded: 1992

The appearance on disc of Antoine Dauvergne's opera-bouffon of 1753, Les Troqueurs is at once a happy occasion and a frustrating one. For while we can rejoice at the chance to make the acquaintance of this charming little intermede, it also serves to remind us that there are an awful lot of French comic operas from the second half of the eighteenth century that remain unheard. This is repertory that is both interesting and important to the history of opera in general, and Les Troqueurs is the work that stands at its head, for following as it did on the heels of the influential Paris performances of Pergolesi's La serva padrona it was the first real attempt at a wholly French comic opera in the same modern, dramatically light-footed mould.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Dauvergne: Hercule mourant (2012)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Dauvergne: Hercule mourant (2012)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Dauvergne: Hercule mourant (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 727 Mb | Total time: 59:09+79:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparte | # AP042 | Recorded: 2011

Following on the international success of their recording of Lully's Bellerophon, Christophe Rousset and his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques present Hercule mourant (Hercules Dying) - an undiscovered operatic treasure by Antoine Dauvergne. When Francoeur and Rebel took over as directors of the Academie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opéra) in 1757, they decided to promote some of the new generation of composers. Among them was Dauvergne, who appears to have enjoyed great favor at that time. Premiered in 1762, Hercule mourant was a success, receiving eighteen performances. The opera's libretto by Jean-Francois Marmontel extended the scope of French opera: he was the first to have the courage to bring opera closer to the great spectacles of ancient Greece. Inspired and guided by Marmontel's libretto, he clearly aimed to take the genre in a completely new direction, anticipating the Romantic model for opera that was born with Gluck, while at the same time giving one of the last tributes to the great French tragedie lyrique tradition inherited from Lully.

Guy Van Waas, Les Agremens - Dauvergne: La Venitienne (2012)

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Guy Van Waas, Les Agremens - Dauvergne: La Venitienne (2012)

Guy Van Waas, Les Agrémens - Dauvergne: La Vénitienne (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 497 Mb | Total time: 116:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC327 | Recorded: 2011

Antoine Dauvergne s final operatic work follows none of the established genres of the period. Taking a libretto written during the reign of Louis XIV in 1705, he drew on the best of his talent and skill to create a synthesis of everything that was modern at that time.

Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opera pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)

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Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opera pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Un Opéra pour trois rois: Works by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al. (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 504 Mb | Total time: 47:51+43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 924002 | Recorded: 2016

For approaching a century and a half in France – across the reigns of Louis XIV, XV and XVI – the Palace of Versailles played host, both indoors and outdoors, for an extraordinary sequence of dramatic musical performances. Un Opéra pour trois rois, conducted by György Vashegyi, represents the legacy of that time, a specially constructed operatic entertainment drawn from works by composers from Lully to Gluck, commissioned – and even, on occasion, performed – by kings, their queens and inamoratas.