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Lully, J.-B.: Proserpine [Opera]

Philippe Quinault - Jean-Baptiste Lully

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The revival of Prosperpine, Lully's 1680 collaboration with his longtime librettist Philippe Quinault, by Hervé Niquet and his ensemble Le Concert Spirituel, reveals that while the opera may not have the most compelling dramatic impact, it has an abundance of expressive, elegant, richly varied music, written with inspiration that never flags over its two and a half hours. Lully's vocal writing is graceful and flattering to the voice, his orchestration is unfailingly colorful, and his musical juxtapositions are often delightfully quirky. He makes the most of the absurdities of the libretto and creates considerable dramatic tension through the diversity of approaches he brings to the text, deftly linking solos, duets, larger ensembles, choruses, dances, and instrumental interludes. His apt handling of the recitative, a device that has been known to bog down many a Baroque opera, keeps things moving along nicely. The fully committed performers go a long way in winning the sympathies of listeners; they bring an urgency to their characterizations that commands attention. The quality of the vocal soloists is very high; these are not roles that require coloratura pyrotechnics, but the lines are delivered with purity of tone, stylistic finesse, and virtuosic expressive insight. The orchestra plays with comparable sensitivity and nuance, contributing immeasurably to the emotional impact of the opera. Prosperpine should be of strong interest to any fan of Baroque opera, or any fan of opera who is moved by vivid characterizations and pure voices. Glossa's sound is full and clean, with an excellent sense of depth and presence.
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Hervé Niquet

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1
Overture
00:02:03

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

2
Prologue: Heros, dont la valeur etonne l'univers .
00:02:00

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

3
Prologue: Air
00:01:26

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

4
Prologue: Soupirez, triste Paix, malheureuse captive .
00:01:48

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

5
Prologue: Bruit de trompettes - Ce bruit que la Victoire .
00:00:51

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

6
Prologue: Air pour les Trompettes - Venez, aimable Paix, le Vainqueur vous appelle .
00:02:37

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

7
Prologue: Orgueilleuse Victoire .
00:02:21

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

8
Prologue: O! cruel esclavage .
00:01:30

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

9
Prologue: Prelude - Le Vainqueur est comble de gloire .
00:02:18

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

10
Prologue: Gavotte
00:00:32

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

11
Prologue: Menuet - Il est temps que l'amour nous enchaine .
00:01:13

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

12
Prologue: On a quitte les armes .
00:02:36

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

13
Prologue: Overture
00:02:01

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

14
Act I Scene 1: Goutons dans ces aimables lieux .
00:03:00

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

15
Act I Scene 2: Ritournelle - Mercure, quel dessein .
00:06:35

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

16
Act I Scene 3: La Phrygie a besoin de mes dons precieux .
00:03:52

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

17
Act I Scene 4: Ritournelle - Vaine Fierte .
00:04:04

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

18
Act I Scene 5: Arretez, Nymphe trop severe .
00:03:26

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

19
Act I Scene 6: Prelude - Ceres va nous oter .
00:02:06

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

20
Act I Scene 7: Ritournelle - Vous qui voulez .
00:01:50

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

21
Act I Scene 8: Celebrons la victoire .
00:02:27

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

22
Act I Scene 8: Air
00:00:42

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

23
Act I Scene 8: Prelude - Ce Palais va tomber; o dieux! .
00:02:13

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

24
Act II Scene 1: Ritournelle - Jupiter a dompte .
00:04:55

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

25
Act II Scene 2: Venez gouter icy le doux air qu'on respire .
00:03:01

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

26
Act II Scene 3: Ritournelle - Amants qui n'etes point .
00:01:47

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

27
Act II Scene 4: Ritournelle - Ingrate, ecoutez-moy, .
00:03:42

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

28
Act II Scene 5: Est-il vray que mon coeur .
00:02:25

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

29
Act II Scene 6: Demeurez Arethuse; Alphee, eloignez-vous .
00:02:31

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

30
Act II Scene 7: Ritournelle - J'ay peine a concevoir .
00:03:16

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

DISC 2

1
Act II Scene 8: Les beaux jours et la paix .
00:00:52

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

2
Act II Scene 8: Premier Air - Que notre vie . - Belles fleurs .
00:04:17

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

3
Act II Scene 8: Deuxieme Air - Quand un coeur est trop sensible .
00:01:16

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

4
Act II Scene 8: Premier Air - Nous reverrons bien-tot Ceres dans ces beaux lieux .
00:01:34

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

5
Act II Scene 8: Ritournelle
00:00:15

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

6
Act II Scene 9: Infernales Divinitez secondez mon amour .
00:01:09

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

7
Act III Scene 1: Proserpine, repondez-nous .
00:02:16

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

8
Act III Scene 2: N'aurois-je point innocemment .
00:03:03

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

9
Act III Scene 3: Ceres revient, ah! quelle peine .
00:01:30

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

10
Act III Scene 4: Prelude - Je vais revoir ma fille . - Ritournelle - J'ai rendu les Huma
00:03:14

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

11
Act III Scene 5: Ma fille n'est pas avec vous .
00:01:50

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

12
Act III Scene 6: Je ressens vos ennuis, et j'en suis trop .
00:01:08

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

13
Act III Scene 7: Prelude - O malheureuse Mere . - Ritournelle - Ah! qu'elle injustice cr
00:04:47

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

14
Act III Scene 7: Ritournelle - Apres un si sensible outrage .
00:00:31

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

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Act III Scene 8: Air - Que tout se ressente de la fureur .
00:03:41

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

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Act IV Scene 1: Prelude - Loin d'icy, loin de nous .
00:05:20

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

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Act IV Scene 2: Ritournelle - Ma chere liberte .
00:03:56

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

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Act IV Scene 3: Est-ce une illusion dont le charme m'abuse .
00:05:10

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

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Act IV Scene 4: Prelude - Venez-vous contre moy deffendre .
00:05:51

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

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Act IV Scene 5: Que l'on suspende icy .
00:02:39

Herve Niquet, Conductor - Cyril Auvity, counter-tenor - Stephanie d' Oustrac, mezzo-soprano - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble - Hjordis Thebault, mezzo-soprano - Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone - Francois-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre - Benoit Arnould, baritone - Benedicte Tauran, soprano - Marc Labonnette, baritone - Joao Fernandes, bass - Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano

Album Description

The revival of Prosperpine, Lully's 1680 collaboration with his longtime librettist Philippe Quinault, by Hervé Niquet and his ensemble Le Concert Spirituel, reveals that while the opera may not have the most compelling dramatic impact, it has an abundance of expressive, elegant, richly varied music, written with inspiration that never flags over its two and a half hours. Lully's vocal writing is graceful and flattering to the voice, his orchestration is unfailingly colorful, and his musical juxtapositions are often delightfully quirky. He makes the most of the absurdities of the libretto and creates considerable dramatic tension through the diversity of approaches he brings to the text, deftly linking solos, duets, larger ensembles, choruses, dances, and instrumental interludes. His apt handling of the recitative, a device that has been known to bog down many a Baroque opera, keeps things moving along nicely. The fully committed performers go a long way in winning the sympathies of listeners; they bring an urgency to their characterizations that commands attention. The quality of the vocal soloists is very high; these are not roles that require coloratura pyrotechnics, but the lines are delivered with purity of tone, stylistic finesse, and virtuosic expressive insight. The orchestra plays with comparable sensitivity and nuance, contributing immeasurably to the emotional impact of the opera. Prosperpine should be of strong interest to any fan of Baroque opera, or any fan of opera who is moved by vivid characterizations and pure voices. Glossa's sound is full and clean, with an excellent sense of depth and presence.
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