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

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