Lully: Psyché

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
CPO follows its stellar releases of Conradi's "Ariadne" and Lully's "Thésée" by the Boston Early Music Festival with an equally extraordinary performance of Lully's "Psyché." These are works that have had limited exposure and are known far better by reputation than by performances or recordings. What's revelatory about the recordings of the Lully operas is how exceptionally attractive the music is; it's amazing that works of this quality have been unheard for centuries, and their resurrection, particularly in performances as fine as these, is a cause for rejoicing for any opera lover eager to look beyond the standard repertoire. Lully's vocal writing, even his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
CPO follows its stellar releases of Conradi's "Ariadne" and Lully's "Thésée" by the Boston Early Music Festival with an equally extraordinary performance of Lully's "Psyché." These are works that have had limited exposure and are known far better by reputation than by performances or recordings. What's revelatory about the recordings of the Lully operas is how exceptionally attractive the music is; it's amazing that works of this quality have been unheard for centuries, and their resurrection, particularly in performances as fine as these, is a cause for rejoicing for any opera lover eager to look beyond the standard repertoire. Lully's vocal writing, even his recitatives, is graceful and expressive, and the numerous ensembles in "Psyché" are marvels of charm and inventiveness. The variety and cleverness of his orchestration keeps the listener constantly engaged. Much credit goes to Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, who lead the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and to all the musicians who contributed to the realization of the score. The performances are elegant, but never stuffy, and they are bursting with energy and liveliness. It's remarkable to encounter a cast of such high quality and consistency; it's a real achievement for the directors to have assembled a cast of over 20 soloists who sing with beautifully pure, fresh, focused tone; the understanding and ability to master the idiom and complex system of middle Baroque French ornamentation and immaculate French pronunciation. They also bring strong, vivid characterizations to their roles, so the performance has real dramatic energy. CPO's sound is absolutely clean and beautifully balanced. Highly recommended.
Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
Another valuable contribution to the slowly growing Lully catalogue.... This production is a considerable musicological achievement and thankfully it is a substantial musical one, too. Carolyn Sampson [is] charming of voice and intelligent with detail as ever.... The orchestra play brightly, strongly directed from the continuo by Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • UPC: 761203736720
  • Catalog Number: 777367-2
  • Sales rank: 89,690

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–74 Psyché, opera, LWV 56 - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Michael Barrett (172:58)
    Composed byJean-Baptiste Lully
    Conducted byPaul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs
    Performed byMichael Barrett, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Paul O'Dette, Carolyn Sampson, Stephen Stubbs, Ricard Bordas, Karina Gauvin, Sumner Thompson, Aaron Engebreth, Olivier Laquerre, Aaron Sheehan, Julien Patenqude, Boston Early Music Festival Chorus, Douglas William, Colin Balzer, Yulia Van Doren, Amanda Forsythe, Mireille Lebel, Teresa Warkim, José Lemos, Zachary Wilder, Jason McStoots, Erica Schuller, Matthew Shaw, Brenna Wells, Jake Wilder-Smith
    1. 1Prologue. Ouverture
    2. 2Prologue. Recit. Ce n'est plus le temps de la Guerre
    3. 3Prologue. Air pour Driades, Silvains - Dialogue de Vertumne et de Palemon
    4. 4Prologue. Menuet de Flore. Menuet - Est-on sage
    5. 5Prologue. Choeur. Nous goûtons une paix profonds
    6. 6Prologue. Pourquoy du Ciel m'obliger à descendre?
    7. 7Prologue. Symphonie
    8. 8Prologue. Mon Fils, si tu plains mes mal-heurs
    9. 9Prologue. Entr'Acte (Ouverture)
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 1. Ritournelle. Enfin ma Soeur, le Cielest appaisé
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 1. Tout succede à nos desir
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 2. Ah! Princesse!
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 2. Pleurons, pleurons
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 2. Plainte Italienne
    15. 15Act 1. Scene 2. Deh, piangete al pianto mio
    16. 16Act 1. Scene 2. Rispondete a miei lamenti
    17. 17Act 1. Scene 2. Com' esser può fra voi
    18. 18Act 1. Scene 2. Nume fiero
    19. 19Act 1. Scene 2. Air
    20. 20Act 1. Scene 2. Ahi ch'indarno si tarda
    21. 21Act 1. Scene 3. Psyché vient, à la voir je tremble
    22. 22Act 1. Scene 4. Seigneur, vous soûpirez vous-mesme?
    23. 23Act 1. Scene 4. Entr'Acte. Air
    24. 24Act 2. Scene 1. Ritournelle. Cyclopes, achevez ce superbe palais
    25. 25Act 2. Scene 2. Pressez-vous ce Travail que l'Amour vous demande?
    26. 26Act 2. Scene 2. Les Forgerons-Depeschez, preparez ces lieux
    27. 27Act 2. Scene 2. Ritournelle. Zervez bien un Dieu si charmant
    28. 28Act 2. Scene 3. Ritournelle pour Scene 3. Quoy, vous vous employez pour la fiére Psyché
    29. 29Act 2. Scene 4. Prélude pour Scene 4
    30. 30Act 2. Scene 4. Où suis-je?
    31. 31Act 2. Scene 5. Quels agreables sons ont frappé mes oreilles?
    32. 32Act 2. Scene 6. Et bien, Psyché, des cruautez du Sort
    33. 33Act 2. Scene 6. Aimable Jeunesse
    34. 34Act 2. Scene 6. Air - L'Amour a des charmes
    35. 35Act 2. Scene 6. Entr'Acte. Air
    36. 36Act 3. Ritournelle
    37. 37Act 3. Scene 1. Pompe que ce Palais de tous costez étale
    38. 38Act 3. Scene 2. Que fais-tu!
    39. 39Act 3. Scene 3. A la fin je vay voir mon destin éclaircy
    40. 40Act 3. Scene 4. Arrestez, cher Amant, où fuïez-vous si viste?
    41. 41Act 3. Scene 5. Ah! Nymphe, venez-vous soulager mes ennuis?
    42. 42Act 3. Scene 6. Vous m'abandonnez-donc, cruel & cher Amant?
    43. 43Act 3. Scene 7. Arreste, c'est trop tost renoncer à l'espoir
    44. 44Act 3. Scene 7. Entr'Acte. Air
    45. 45Act 4. Scene 1. Par quels noirs & fâcheux passages
    46. 46Act 4. Scene 2. Prelude pour Scene 2 - Ou penses-tu porter tes pas
    47. 47Act 4. Scene 2. Air des Demons
    48. 48Act 4. Scene 3. Air pour Scene 3 - Venez, Nymphes de l'Acheron
    49. 49Act 4. Scene 3. Entr'Acte. Air
    50. 50Act 5. Ritournelle
    51. 51Act 5. Scene 1. Si je fais vanité de ma tendresse extrême
    52. 52Act 5. Scene 2. Enfin, insolente Rivale
    53. 53Act 5. Scene 3. Vous croyez trop la jalouze colere
    54. 54Act 5. Final Scene. Prélude pour Scene derniere - Venus veut-elle resister?
    55. 55Act 5. Final Scene. Prélude pour Apollon - Recit. Unissons-nous, Troupe Immortelle
    56. 56Act 5. Final Scene. Choeur. Celebrons ce grand Jour
    57. 57Act 5. Final Scene. Prélude pour Bacchus, Mome et Mars - Recit. Si quelque fois
    58. 58Act 5. Final Scene. Recit. Je cherche à médire
    59. 59Act 5. Final Scene. Mes plus fiers Ennemis vaincus ou pleins d'éfroy
    60. 60Act 5. Final Scene. Choeur. Chantons les plaisirs charmants
    61. 61Act 5. Final Scene. Premier Air pour Bergers - Chanson. Le Dieu qui nous engage
    62. 62Act 5. Final Scene. Air - Chanson. Ce seroit grand dommage
    63. 63Act 5. Final Scene. Deuxième Air - Gardez-vous, Beautez severes
    64. 64Act 5. Final Scene. Air - Chanson. On ne peut aimer sans peines
    65. 65Act 5. Final Scene. Air pour Menades - Chanson. Admirons le Jus de la Treille
    66. 66Act 5. Final Scene. Deuxième Air - Chanson. Bacchus veut qu'on boive à longs traits
    67. 67Act 5. Final Scene. Air - Chanson. Ce Dieu rend nos voeux satisfaits
    68. 68Act 5. Final Scene. Trio. Voulez-vous des douceurs parfaites?
    69. 69Act 5. Final Scene. Air pour Polichinelles - Chanson. Folâtrons, divertissons-nous
    70. 70Act 5. Final Scene. Air - Chanson. Plaisantons, ne pardonnons rien
    71. 71Act 5. Final Scene. Prelude de Trompettes pour Mars
    72. 72Act 5. Final Scene. Chanson. Laissons en paix toute la Terre
    73. 73Act 5. Final Scene. Derniere Entrée
    74. 74Act 5. Final Scene. Choeur. Chantons les Plaisirs charmants
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul O'Dette Primary Artist
Stephen Stubbs Primary Artist
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