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Lully: Armide 1778

Véronique Gens, Tassis Christoyannis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

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Armide, premiered in 1686, was the last joint work of Lully and the poet Philippe Quinault. It immediately became a pillar of the Opéra’s repertory, which it finally left only in 1766, when it was removed to make room for a new wave of composers, Philidor, Grétry, Gossec and soon Gluck. A few attempts to restore former tastes still allowed audiences to hear such works as Persée, revived in 1770 (and recorded in that version by Hervé Niquet).
But these operas were profoundly modified in order to increase the role of the orchestra and tailor the vocal numbers to the singers of the day. This was the context for the fascinating and unpublished version of Armide that has lain dormant in the Bibliothèque Nationale for more than two centuries. The revisions to the original are by Louis-Joseph Francœur, nephew of the celebrated François Francœur, one of Louis XV’s court musicians.
This recording of the 1778 version of Armide, made at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, is not merely the first modern performance but the work’s world premiere, since none of its music was ever actually played at the time. It enables us to grasp the evolution of the ideas and practices of French music over a whole century. © Alpha Classics

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Armide, Acte I (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

1
Ouverture
Le Concert Spirituel
00:05:17

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

2
Dans un jour de triomphe, au milieu des plaisirs"
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:02:45

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

3
Je ne triomphe pas du plus vaillant de tous !"
Véronique Gens
00:02:09

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

4
Un songe affreux m'inspire une fureur nouvelle"
Véronique Gens
00:01:23

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

5
Armide, que le sang qui m'unit avec vous"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:01:37

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

6
La chaîne de l'hymen m'étonne"
Véronique Gens
00:00:44

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

7
Pour vous, quand il vous plaît, tout l'enfer est armé"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:01:09

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

8
Contre mes ennemis, à mon gré, je déchaîne"
Véronique Gens
00:05:10

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

9
Armide est encor plus aimable"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:03:28

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

10
Chaconne
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:32

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

11
Suivons Armide, et chantons sa victoire"
Chantal Santon Jeffrey
00:05:31

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer - Chantal Santon Jeffrey, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

12
Ô ciel ! Ô disgrâce cruelle !"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:01:29

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

13
Poursuivons jusqu'au trépas"
Véronique Gens
00:01:57

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

Armide, Acte II (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

14
Invincible héros, c'est par votre courage"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:03:09

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

15
Le repos me fait violence"
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:01:06

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

16
Fuyez les lieux où règne Armide"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:01:02

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

17
J'aime la liberté, rien n'a pu me contraindre"
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:00:51

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

18
Arrêtons-nous ici : c'est dans ce lieu fatal"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:00:52

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

19
Esprits de haine et de rage"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:02:16

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

20
Dans le piège fatal, notre ennemi s'engage"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:00:38

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

21
Plus j'observe ces lieux, et plus je les admire"
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:03:58

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

22
Entrée des démons transformés en nymphes
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:11

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

23
Ah ! Quelle erreur ! Quelle folle !"
Katherine Watson
00:02:05

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

24
Première et deuxième gavottes
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:41

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

25
Au temps heureux où l'on sait plaire"
Katherine Watson
00:02:10

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

26
Enfin, il est en ma puissance"
Véronique Gens
00:03:10

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

27
Venez, secondez mes désirs"
Véronique Gens
00:02:25

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

DISC 2

Armide, Acte III (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

1
Ah ! Si la liberté me doit être ravie"
Véronique Gens
00:03:11

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

2
Que ne peut point votre art ? La force en est extrême"
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:03:45

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

3
Venez, venez, Haine implacable"
Véronique Gens
00:01:20

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

4
Je réponds à tes vœux, ta voix s'est fait entendre"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:00:32

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

5
Plus on connaît l'Amour, et plus on le déteste"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:01:57

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

6
Premier air pour la suite de la haine
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:25

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

7
Amour, sors, pour jamais, sors d'un cœur qui te chasse"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:04:22

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

8
Deuxième air pour la suite de la haine
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:34

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

9
Plus on connaît l'Amour, plus on le déteste" II
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:31

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

10
Sors, sors du sein d'Armide, Amour, brise ta chaîne"
Tassis Christoyannis
00:03:01

Veronique Gens, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Tassis Christoyannis, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

Armide, Acte IV (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

11
Nous ne trouvons partout que des gouffres ouverts"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:01:42

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

12
Celui qui nous envoie a prévu ce danger"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:01:46

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

13
Redoublons nos soins, gardons-nous des périls agréables"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:01:31

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

14
Musette pour les démons transformés en bergers
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:44

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

15
Pastourelle pour les démons transformés en bergers
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:58

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

16
Voici la charmante retraite"
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:03:13

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

17
Premier et deuxième rigaudons pour les démons transformés en bergers
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:57

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

18
Les oiseaux de ce bocage"
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:02:20

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

19
Sarabande pour les démons transformés en bergers
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:36

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

20
Bergers, qu'assemble un si beau jour"
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:02:33

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

21
Allons, qui vous retient encore ?"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:01:37

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

22
Goûtons les doux plaisirs que, pour nos cœurs fidèles"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:00:53

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Chantal Santon Jeffery, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

23
Fuyez, faites-vous violence"
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
00:00:51

Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, MainArtist - Philippe-Nicolas Martin, MainArtist - Louis-Joseph Francoeur, Composer

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

Album Description

Armide, premiered in 1686, was the last joint work of Lully and the poet Philippe Quinault. It immediately became a pillar of the Opéra’s repertory, which it finally left only in 1766, when it was removed to make room for a new wave of composers, Philidor, Grétry, Gossec and soon Gluck. A few attempts to restore former tastes still allowed audiences to hear such works as Persée, revived in 1770 (and recorded in that version by Hervé Niquet).
But these operas were profoundly modified in order to increase the role of the orchestra and tailor the vocal numbers to the singers of the day. This was the context for the fascinating and unpublished version of Armide that has lain dormant in the Bibliothèque Nationale for more than two centuries. The revisions to the original are by Louis-Joseph Francœur, nephew of the celebrated François Francœur, one of Louis XV’s court musicians.
This recording of the 1778 version of Armide, made at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, is not merely the first modern performance but the work’s world premiere, since none of its music was ever actually played at the time. It enables us to grasp the evolution of the ideas and practices of French music over a whole century. © Alpha Classics

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