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Lully: Psyché, LWV 45 / O'Dette, Stubbs, Sampson, Gauvin, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Prologue: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Prologue: Dialogue: Rendez-vous, Beautez Cruelles (Vertumne, Palemon) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Prologue: Menuet: Dans Le Bel Age (Flore) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Prologue: Nous Goutons Une Paix Profonde (Chorus of All the Deities of the Earth and the Waters) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Prologue: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Prologue: Mon Fils, Si Tu Plains Mes Mal-heurs (Venus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 1: Enfin Ma Soeur, Le Ciel Est Appaise (Aglaure, Cidippe) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 1: Tout Succede a Nos Desir (Cidippe, Aglaure) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Ah! Princesse! (Lychas, Aglaure, Cidippe) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Pleurons, Pleurons; en de Is Grands Mal-heurs (Lychas, Aglaure, Cidippe) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Italian Lament $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Deh, Piangete Al Pianto Mio (Grieving Woman, First Grieving Man, Second Grieving Man) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Rispondete a Miei Lamenti (Grieving Woman) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Nume Fiero (First Grieving Man, Second Grieving Man) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 2: Air $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 3: Psyche Vient, a la Voir Je Tremble (Aglaure, Cidippe, Psyche) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act I Scene 4: Seigneur, Vous Soupirez Vous-mesme? (Psyche, the King) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 1: Cyclops, Achevez Ce Superbe Palais (Vulcain) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 2: Depeschez Preparez Ces Lieux (Vulcain) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 2: Servez Bien un Dieu Si Charmant (Vulcain) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 3: Quoy, Vous Vous Employez Pour Le Fiere Psyche (Venus, Vulcain) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 3: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 4: Ou Suis-je? (Psyche) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act II Scene 6: Aimable Jeunesse (First Nymph, Second and Third Nymphs) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act III: Ritournelle $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act III Scene 1: Pompe Que Ce Palais de Tous Costez Etale (Venus) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act III Scene 2: Que Fais-ful Montre Toy (Venus, Psyche) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act III Scene 4: Arrestez, Cher Amant, Aou Fuiez-vous Si Viste? (Psyche) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act III Scene 5: Ah! Nymphe, Venez-vous Soulager Mes Ennuis? (Psyche, Venus) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act IV Scene 1: Par Quels Noirs and Facheux Passages (Psyche) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act IV Scene 2: Ou Penses-tu Porter Tes Pas (The 3 Furies, Psyche, One Fury) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act IV Scene 2: Air Des Demons $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Lully, J.-B. — Psyche: Act V: Ritournelle $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Lully, Jean-Baptiste : Psyché, LWV 45
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Notes & Reviews:

"Musical directors Stephen Stubbs and Paul O'Dette have reconstructed the score from several sources, clearly with an ear to good tunes, vigor, and allure. The exciting yet meticulous playing by the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, on period instruments (of course), is a pleasure to listen to, with the precise attack by the strings filled with drama, the woodwinds and brass--plenty of them--sharply delineated, and the percussion snappy. The continuo players, on harpsichords, theorbo, guitar, and viola da gamba, have much to do and do it superbly. The singing is marvelous as well." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

Sunday Times
This is a magnificent and important recording of Lully's 1678 tragédie en musique. First among a cast of equals, Carolyn Sampson sings the title role endearingly, making a telling contrast with the darker-hued and captivatingly ruthless Venus of Karina Gauvin. The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, jointly directed by the lutenists O'Dette and Stubbs, plays with the requisite flair and lightness.

The Guardian - Tim Ashley
The recording is ravishing. Carolyn Sampson and Aaron Sheehan are exquisite as the lovers, while the great Karina Gauvin is to die for as Venus

Gramophone Magazine
It's a slight story but the opera contains dramatic dialogues of typical realism and emotional power. Carolyn Sampson, charming of voice and intelligent with detail as ever, is Psyché, and Karina Gauvin, as Venus. Shows herself a natural in French dramatic recitative...



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>Lully, Jean-Baptiste : Psyché, LWV 45
  • Performers: Colin Balzer (Tenor); Michael Barrett; Ricard Bordas (Countertenor); Yulia Doren; Aaron Engebreth (Baritone); Amanda Forsythe (Soprano); Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Olivier Laquerre (Bass); Mireille Lebel (Mezzo Soprano); José Lemos; Jason McStoots (Tenor); Julien Patenqude; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Erica Schuller; Matthew Shaw (Baritone); Aaron Sheehan (Tenor); Sumner Thompson (Voice); Teresa Wakim; Brenna Wells; Zachary Wilder; Jake Wilder-Smith; Douglas William
  • Notes: Jordan Hall / New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, Unites States (06/28/2007-07/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 77 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1678