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Gossec: Thésée, opera / Guy Van Waas

Notes & Reviews:

Music history has branded Gossec “The father of the symphony”, leaving his theatrical works in relative disregard. However, Gossec created more than twenty theatrical works; these enjoyed varying degrees of success but nonetheless reveal a dramatic composer of the first order. His operatic masterpieces are indisputably the two tragédies ‘lyriques: Sabinus’ (1773) and ‘Thésée (1782). Thanks to a superb cast and the talent of Guy Van Waas in this repertoire, Gossec’s tragedy is revealed in its full dramatic power.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The music and performance are quite extraordinary. The music balances nobility and a gentle passion. The period drums are especially fascinating. The singers are quite mellifluous. There is delicacy in their precise singing. A handsome hard-cover 86-page book contains the CD, a French and English libretto, and excellent notes on the opera and the composer.


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