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Tassis Christoyannis, Thomas Dolie, Philippe Talbot & Judith van Wanro - Antonio Salieri: Les Danaides (2015)

31-01-2016, 17:54
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Antonio Salieri: Les Danaides
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Palazzetto Bru Zane - Ediciones Singulares
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 1:47:58
Total Size: 560 MB


Product Description
One evening I paid a visit to the Opéra. There I saw Les Danaïdes, by Salieri. The gorgeous splendour of the spectacle, the rich fullness of the orchestra and the chorus, the wonderful voice and pathetic charm of Madame Branchu, Dériviss rugged power [] filled me with an excitement and enthusiasm that I cannot attempt to describe. Thus Berlioz related his encounter with one of the most revolutionary operas of the ancient régime, written by an eminent pupil of Gluck, Antonio Salieri. Feeling the stirrings of early Romanticism, the latter imbued the tragic fate of Hypermnestra with pathos and vehemence such as were rarely attained even by his teacher. The horrible plot fomented by Danaus with his daughters, the Danaids, takes us from palatial splendour to the sinister darkness of a secret temple, and finally to the Underworld itself, where a vulture, serpents, demons and the Furies avenge the mass murder of the sons of Ægyptus.

Written in 1784 by Mozart's friend and rival, this is a magnificent exercise in the elevated French classical style, as reformed by Gluck. Violently melodramatic and gory in its subject-matter of dynastic revenge but often warmly lyrical in musical flavour, it was an influential and durable success in Paris, much admired in the 1820s by the young Berlioz who was excited and disturbed by its grandeur and brilliance. Today its renown is largely confined to academic circles, not least because the large resources it requires make it expensive to stage.Yet this recording taken from live performances in Metz in 2013 proves that it remains theatrically viable, if unwieldy.Christophe Rousset conducts an unfailingly spirited reading, and there is full-blooded and stylish singing from Judith van Wanroij, Philippe Talbot and Tassis Christoyannis in the leading roles. The CDs are contained inside a limited edition book,containing scholarly essays illuminating the opera's background. --The Telegraph

Judith van Wanroij (Hypermnestra),Tassis Christoyannis (Danaüs) and Philippe Talbot (Lyncaeus)are superb in their declamation of Salieri's grand accompanied recits.Rousset,steeped in the tragédie lyrique tradition,is the ideal conductor.

It's good to meet Salieri the devoted protégé of Gluck, rather than the (much misrepresented) arch rival of Mozart, in this thrilling opera written for the court of Louis XVI in 1784. Gluck, smarting from the flop of Echo et Narcisse, was offered the libretto of Les Danaïdes (The Daughters of Danaüs), which he passed on to Salieri. It's a gruesome yarn of fraternal enmity in which Danaüs feigns friendship by marrying his 50 (!) daughters to his brother's no less numerous sons. On their wedding night, he orders them to murder their spouses.One, Hypermnestra, disobeys and her husband survives to avenge his brothers. A fine version of this opera was released in 1990, but this lavishly produced newcomer in the remarkable Palazzetto Bru Zane series surpasses it on every level, with Judith van Wanroij (Hypermnestra), Tassis Christoyannis (Danaüs) and Philippe Talbot (Lyncaeus) superb in their declamation of Salieri's grand accompanied recits. Rousset, steeped in the tragédie lyrique tradition, is the ideal conductor. HC -The Sunday Times Culture Magazine. --The Sunday Times

It all coheres convincingly in this performance...with imposing choral contributions from Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and the usual fiercely involved playing from Les Talens Lyriques...Judith van Wanroij ensures that Hypermnestra's agonies of loyalty are the pivots on which the drama turns. Immaculately presented, this is an operatic rarity that's worth investigating. --The Guardian

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Arcanus   User offline   31 January 2016 20:19

Merci pour cette oeuvre de ce grand musicien même s'il était le rival de Mozart...

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