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Marc-Antoine Charpentier: David & Jonathas / Gerard Lesne, Monique Zanetti, Jean-Francois Gardeil

Album Summary

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : David et Jonathas, tragédie en musique, H. 490
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Notes & Reviews:

In spite of its sub-title of "tragédie biblique," David et Jonathas is by no means an oratorio. But if it seems to be more of an opera, this "psychological drama" is anything but a tragédie lyrique, as conceived and popularized by Lully. With a prologue totally integrated into the rest of the work, almost devoid of recitative, Charpentier here succeeds in creating a counter-proposition to the Lullian model. His contemporaries praised the work as a masterpiece. This reissue features the great William Christie leading his ensemble Les Arts Florissants in a benchmark recording, first offered in 1988.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Enregistrement Radio France au Studio 103.


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>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : David et Jonathas, tragédie en musique, H. 490
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 84 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1688