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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon / Rousset

Album Summary

>Lully, Jean-Baptiste : Bellérophon, opera, LWV 57
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Notes & Reviews:

"Excitably and excitingly conducted by Christophe Rousset, the recording is sensational. Cyril Auvity, sexy and heroic, is stupendous as Bellérophon, and there's strong singing from Ingrid Perruche's Stenobée, Jean Teitgen's slime-ball Amisodar and Céline Scheen as Philonoé, the princess whom Bellérophon really loves. Wonderful." -The Guardian

"The performance could hardly be bettered: Rousset delights in Lully’s dancing rhythms and soulful melodies, while the principals are immaculate stylists, especially Cyril Auvity’s thrillingly sung Bellérophon, Ingrid Peruche’s angry Sténobée, Céline Scheen’s sweet-voiced Philonoé and the Stygian-voiced Jean Teitgen as the monster-making sorcerer, Amisodar, and Apollon, among other parts...A feast of baroque that will make you want to dance." -The Sunday Times

This world première recording is the fruit of lengthy musicological research by Christophe Rousset. Together with a cast of great talent and breathtaking individual performances from Cyril Auvity and Céline Scheen, Rousset invites us to rediscover Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera Bellérophon. First performed on January 31, 1679, it ran for nine months at the Palais Royal. It is not surprising that the work immediately endeared itself to the king. It features an adaptation of a mythical story that describes a hero who practices restraint and moderation toward the foes he vanquishes - a none-too-subtle reference to the Sun King's recent victories over the Dutch, the Spanish and the Holy Roman Emperor. The set features deluxe, CD-Book packaging and a full libretto with English and German translations.

"The music has variety and vitality – the love music elegant and eloquent, the magic-and-monster scenes infused with original effects, the choruses infectiously syncopated... a valuable addition to the catalogue." -The Financial Times

"This is a handsomely shaped performance with alert choral singing and expressive orchestral playing. In the title role, Cyril Auvity is convincingly heroic but also capable of fragility when required...Ingrid Perruche is magnificent in her role as an Amazon disappointed in her love for Bellérophon. The rewards of this score are a little on the slender side, but this disc makes the best of them." -BBC Music Magazine

"This concert performance is excellent, with lively playing from Les Talens Lyriques, and singers who are really inside their roles. Cyril Auvity has a slight edge to his voice but his fluency and ardour command admiration." -Gramophone

"Rousset is an assured stylist who produces gratifying results from singers and instrumentalists alike...[Auvity's] vocal timbre admirably suits the ardent side of his character...Céline Scheen's Philonoé is a constant delight...unstinting praise must go to the lively and impeccably drilled Namur Chamber Choir and the refined, mellow texture which Les Talens Lyriques consistently brings to Lully's mainly five-strand string texture." -International Record Review

"Christophe Rousset is masterful at keeping every bar of this music alive and kicking. Cyril Auvity in the title role sings vividly and with boundless energy and enthusiasm that seems to infect the rest of the excellent cast." -Opera Now

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cité de la musique (12/2010).


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>Lully, Jean-Baptiste : Bellérophon, opera, LWV 57
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque