Lully: Persée

Cyril Auvity, Marie Lenormand, Stephanie Novacek, Monica Whicher, Olivier Laquerre, Alain Coulombe, Colin Ainsworth, Vilma Vitols, Curtis Sullivan, Michiel Schrey, Directed for Stage by Marshall Pynkoski
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Hervé Niquet

In his position as the king’s composer, Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) created the opera Persée for Louis XIV. The opera was considered the crowning achievement of 17th century French music theatre and was widely recognized as Lully’s greatest work. Filled with dancing, fight scenes, monsters and special effects, this truly spectacular music drama recounts the thrilling story of Perseus, son of Zeus and heroic vanquisher of the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa. More than half a century after its premiere, Louis XV chose “Persée” to open the new Royal Opera House at the Chateau de Versailles, an event that formed part of the celebrations for the future Louis XVI’s marriage to Marie Antoinette. Recorded live at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto in April 2004, this staging is a dazzling spectacle of gods and goddesses, dancing scenes, flying machines and monsters with fight scenes and special effects inspired by designs from the original 17th century performance. The excellent singer-actors and the “Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir” are leading specialists in early music.

REPERTOIRE:
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Persée

REVIEWS:

“…this enterprising issue is cause for celebration.” The Grammophone

“What this opera needs is a strong ensemble cast, and that’s exactly what it get´s. […] The numerous ballet movements are all made dramatically relevant […] The ever excellent Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra binds the whole opera together thrillingly, and the strong primary colours of Lully´s simple orchestrations are really made to count.” International Record Review

“Stattdessen beweisen die Solisten, das Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra unter Hervé Niquet, der Tafelmusik Chamber Choir und die Tänzer des atelier Balletts, dass eine barock inspirierte Aufführung keineswegs langweilig sein muss, wenn sie von musikalischem Können und Spielwitz getragen wird.“ Crescendo

„In dieser Inszenierung atmen die Regie, die Bühnenbilder, die Kostüme, der Gesang und das Schauspiel im Umgang mit den barocken Gesten den Geist des französischen Barock mit seiner `delicatesse´ und `tendresse´ auf eine Art und Weise, wie es vorher noch nie zu sehen war. [...] Alle Sänger verstehen mit Stilsicherheit, Klangkultur und im Umgang mit den Gesten ihre Rollen zum Leben zu erwecken. [...] Hier wurde mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail gearbeitet.“ Toccato

Diapason 4

 

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ITEM NO NTSC:

2054178

UPC CODE NTSC:

880242541789

REGION CODE NTSC:

0

PICTURE FORMAT:

NTSC
16:9

SOUND FORMATS:

PCM-STEREO
DD 5.1
DTS 5.1

SUBTITLES:

English, French, German

BOOKLET:

English, French, German

DISC FORMAT:

1 DVD 9

NO OF DISCS:

1

RUN TIME:

127 mins

RELEASED:

2005-04-01


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