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The musical world owes a debt of gratitude to French conductor Christophe Rousset not only for the vital, exquisite performances he delivers with the ensembles Les Talens Lyriques and Choeur de Chambre de Namur, but for his work in bringing to light neglected masterpieces of Baroque opera. Lully's Bellérophon, premiered in 1679, was a huge success in its time, with an initial run of nine months. Part of its popularity was doubtless due to the parallels that could be drawn between its plot and certain recent exploits of Louis XV, but even the earliest critics recognized the score's uniqueness and exceptional quality within Lully's oeuvre, so it's perhaps surprising that it has never been recorded before. The distinctiveness of the music was likely a result at least in part of the fact that Lully's preferred librettist Philippe Quinault was out of favor at the court of Louis XV at the time, so the composer turned to Thomas Corneille for the libretto, and Corneille's literary and dramatic styles were so different from Quinault's that Lully was nudged out of his comfort zone and had to develop new solutions to questions of structure and the marrying of music to text. It is the first opera for which Lully composed fully accompanied recitatives, and that alone gives it a textural richness that surpasses his earlier works. The composer also allows soloists to sing together, something that was still a rarity in Baroque opera. There are several duets and larger ensembles; the love duet, "Que tout parle à l'envie de notre amour extreme!," is a ravishing expression of passion and happiness, as rhapsodic as anything in 19th century Italian opera. The level of musical inventiveness throughout is exceptional even for Lully; the expressiveness of the recitatives, the charm of the instrumental interludes, the originality of the choruses, and the limpid loveliness of the airs make this an opera that demands attention. Rousset and his forces give an outstanding performance that's exuberantly spirited, musically polished, rhythmically springy, and charged with dramatic urgency. The soloists are consistently of the highest order. Cyril Auvity brings a large, virile, passionate tenor to the title role and Céline Scheen is warmly lyrical as his lover Philonoë. Ingrid Perruche is fiercely powerful as the villain, Stéenobée, and Jean Teitgen is a secure, authoritative Apollo. Soloists, chorus, and orchestra are fluent in the subtle inflections of French middle Baroque ornamentation. The sound of the live recording is very fine, with a clean, immediate, realistic ambience. This is a release that fans of Baroque opera will not want to miss. Highly recommended.
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Lully : Bellérophon

Christophe Rousset

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1
Ouverture
00:02:18

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

2
Prologue : Petit prélude : Apollon ; Apollon et les Muses : Préparons nos concerts !
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

3
Prologue : Marche pour l’entrée de Bacchus et de Pan
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

4
Prologue : Bacchus ; Pan : Du fameux bord de l’Inde
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

5
Prologue : Chœur d’Apollon et des Muses : Chantons, chantons le plus grand des mortels !
00:02:36

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

6
Prologue : Chanson d’un berger (Menuet I) : Pourquoi n’avoir pas le cœur tendre ?
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

7
Prologue : Entrée des Aegipans et des Ménades
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

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Prologue : Menuet pour les bergers
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

9
Prologue : Bacchus et Pan : Tout est paisible sur la terre
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

10
Prologue: Apollon : Quittez, quittez, de si vaines chansons !
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

11
Prologue : Chœur d’Apollon, des Muses, de Bacchus et de Pan : Pour ce grand roi, redoublons nos effo
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

12
Prologue : Ouverture (reprise)
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

13
Acte I, sc. 1 : Sténobée, Argie : Non, les soulèvements d’une ville rebelle
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

14
Acte I, sc. 2 : Sténobée, Philonoë : Reine, vous savez qu’en ce jour
00:03:26

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

15
Acte I, sc. 3 : Sténobée, Argie : Et je croyais qu’une ardeur
00:02:33

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

16
Acte I, sc. 4 : Prélude ; Le Roi, Sténobée ; Bruit de trompettes ; Sténobée ; Marche des Amazones et
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

17
Acte I, sc. 5 : Le Roi, Bellérophon : Venez, venez goûter les doux fruits de la gloire
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

18
Acte I, sc. 5 : Chœur des Amazones et des Solymes : Quand un vainqueur est tout brillant de gloire
00:01:44

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

19
Acte I, sc. 5 : Premier air
00:01:17

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

20
Acte I, sc. 5 : Second air; Chœur des Amazones et Solymes : Faisons cesser nos alarmes
00:02:50

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

21
Acte II, sc. 1 : Ritournelle ; Philonoë, deux Amazones : Amour mes vœux sont satisfaits
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

22
Acte II, sc. 2 : Prélude ; Bellérophon, Philonoë : Princesse, tout conspire à couronner ma flamme
00:04:39

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

23
Acte II, sc. 3 : Sténobée, Bellérophon : Ma présence ici te fait peine ?
00:02:03

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

24
Acte II, sc. 4 : Sténobée, Argie : Tu me quittes, cruel, arrête !
00:01:47

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

25
Acte II, sc. 5 : Ritournelle ; Sténobée, Amisodar : Vous me jurez sans cesse une amour éternelle
00:03:33

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

26
Acte II, sc. 6 : Amisodar : Que ce jardin se change en désert affreux
00:01:56

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

27
Acte II, sc. 6 : Premier air
00:01:05

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

28
Acte II, sc. 7 : Amisodar, Magiciens : Parle, nous voilà prêts, tout nous sera possible
00:03:37

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

29
Acte II, sc. 7 : Second air
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Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

30
Acte II, sc. 7 : Chœur des Magiciens, Amisodar : La terre nous ouvre
00:02:01

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

DISC 2

1
Acte III, sc. 1 : Ritournelle
00:00:49

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

2
Acte III, sc. 1 : Sténobée, Argie : Quel spectacle charmant pour mon cœur amoureux !
00:02:31

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

3
Acte III, sc. 2 : Prélude ; Le Roi, Sténobée : Que de malheurs accablent la Lycie !
00:01:38

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

4
Acte III, sc. 3 : Le Roi, Bellérophon : Vous venez consulter l’oracle d’Apollon ?
00:01:43

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

5
Acte III, sc. 4 : Le Roi, Philonoë, Bellérophon : Seigneur, à votre voix je viens joindre la mienne
00:01:48

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

6
Acte III, sc. 5 : La Marche du Sacrifice ; 1er Chœur de Peuple : Le malheur qui nous accable
00:02:19

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

7
Acte III, sc. 5 : Le Sacrificateur ; 2ème Chœur de Peuple ; Le Sacrificateur ; Symphonie ; 3ème Chœu
00:04:28

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

8
Acte III, sc. 5 : Ritournelle ; Le Sacrificateur : Tout m’apprend qu’Apollon dans mes vœux s’intéres
00:00:38

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

9
Acte III, sc. 5 : 6ème Chœur de Peuple : Assez de pleurs
00:04:00

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

10
Acte III, sc. 5 : Le Sacrificateur : Digne fils de Latone et du plus grand des dieux !
00:00:23

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

11
Acte III, sc. 5 : La Pythie : Gardez tous un silence extrême !
00:01:49

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

12
Acte III, sc. 5 : Apollon ; Le Roi – Symphonie : Que votre crainte cesse !
00:01:09

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

13
Acte III, sc. 6 : Ritournelle ; Bellérophon, Philonoë : Dans quel accablement cet oracle me laisse !
00:05:09

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

14
Acte III, sc. 6 : Entracte
00:01:15

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

15
Acte IV, sc. 1 : Ritournelle : Amisodar : Quel spectacle charmant pour mon cœur amoureux !
00:01:27

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

16
Acte IV, sc. 2 : Argie, Amisodar : Il faut pour contenter la reine
00:02:12

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

17
Acte IV, sc. 2 : Chœur - voix derrière le théâtre, Amisodar : Tout est perdu le monstre avance !
00:00:44

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

18
Acte IV, sc. 3 : Une Napée, une Dryade : Plaignons les maux qui désolent ces lieux !
00:03:20

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

19
Acte IV, sc. 4 : Dieux des bois, une Napée, une Dryade : Les forêts sont en feu, le ravage s’augment
00:02:28

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

20
Acte IV, sc. 5 : Le Roi, Bellérophon : Ah, Prince ! Où vous emporte une ardeur trop guerrière ?
00:02:50

Cyril Auvity, tenor - Ingrid Perruche, soprano - Jean Teitgen, tenor - Céline Scheen, soprano - Jennifer Borghi, soprano - Evgueniy Alexiev, tenor - Robert Getchell, tenor - Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset, conductor

Album Description

The musical world owes a debt of gratitude to French conductor Christophe Rousset not only for the vital, exquisite performances he delivers with the ensembles Les Talens Lyriques and Choeur de Chambre de Namur, but for his work in bringing to light neglected masterpieces of Baroque opera. Lully's Bellérophon, premiered in 1679, was a huge success in its time, with an initial run of nine months. Part of its popularity was doubtless due to the parallels that could be drawn between its plot and certain recent exploits of Louis XV, but even the earliest critics recognized the score's uniqueness and exceptional quality within Lully's oeuvre, so it's perhaps surprising that it has never been recorded before. The distinctiveness of the music was likely a result at least in part of the fact that Lully's preferred librettist Philippe Quinault was out of favor at the court of Louis XV at the time, so the composer turned to Thomas Corneille for the libretto, and Corneille's literary and dramatic styles were so different from Quinault's that Lully was nudged out of his comfort zone and had to develop new solutions to questions of structure and the marrying of music to text. It is the first opera for which Lully composed fully accompanied recitatives, and that alone gives it a textural richness that surpasses his earlier works. The composer also allows soloists to sing together, something that was still a rarity in Baroque opera. There are several duets and larger ensembles; the love duet, "Que tout parle à l'envie de notre amour extreme!," is a ravishing expression of passion and happiness, as rhapsodic as anything in 19th century Italian opera. The level of musical inventiveness throughout is exceptional even for Lully; the expressiveness of the recitatives, the charm of the instrumental interludes, the originality of the choruses, and the limpid loveliness of the airs make this an opera that demands attention. Rousset and his forces give an outstanding performance that's exuberantly spirited, musically polished, rhythmically springy, and charged with dramatic urgency. The soloists are consistently of the highest order. Cyril Auvity brings a large, virile, passionate tenor to the title role and Céline Scheen is warmly lyrical as his lover Philonoë. Ingrid Perruche is fiercely powerful as the villain, Stéenobée, and Jean Teitgen is a secure, authoritative Apollo. Soloists, chorus, and orchestra are fluent in the subtle inflections of French middle Baroque ornamentation. The sound of the live recording is very fine, with a clean, immediate, realistic ambience. This is a release that fans of Baroque opera will not want to miss. Highly recommended.
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Details of original recording : Enregistré en concert à la Cité de la musique en décembre 2010

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The name of conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) is indissociable from those of composer Richard Strauss and the Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra. As Warner is now re-releasing the recordings made between 1970 and 1975, Qobuz is putting the spotlight on the Straussian legacy of a precise, often incisive conductor, who always paid the greatest attention to the text and its charms.

Orfeo Orchestra: 18th Century French Baroque, Resurrected

Orfeo Orchestra (conducted by György Vashegyi), a prolific performer of French baroque music since its birth, has been honoured in recent years by both Palazetto Bru Zane and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (CMBV) with invitations to record a series of explorations of French lyrical music – both baroque and classical.

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