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Luigi Cherubini: Cantatas / Mailys de Villoutreys, Andreas Karasiak, Ursula Eittinger

Album Summary

>Cherubini, Luigi : Clytemnestre, cantata for voice & orchestra
>Cherubini, Luigi : La mort de Mirabeau, choruses (3) of incidental music
>Cherubini, Luigi : Circé, cantata for alto & orchestra
>Cherubini, Luigi : Amphion, cantata for tenor & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • This CD presents largely unknown works in the form of four French cantatas and choral pieces, none inferior to Cherubini's better known repertoire.
  • Beethoven considered Cherubini one of the greatest then living composers.
  • Michael Alexander Willens leads the Koelner Akademie and a cast of singers.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
These four austerely impressive cantatas are rare and valuable repertoire, powerfully sung...This disc could make converts.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
Maïlys de Villoutrey's limpid singing conveys Clytemnestra's softer side serenely...and in the cantata's climax characterises her as a vulnerable victim of the Gods; the Kolner Akademie adroitly juggle the contrasting textures and moods of Cherubini's score.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Cherubini is well known for his opera Medea and his Requiem. This program of three secular cantatas and three choruses for The Death of Mirabeau gives us several of his less familiar compositions. The Cantata Clytemnestra presents a scene from the tragic concatenation of events that lead to Agamemnon's calculated decision to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia for the war effort. Villotreys's performance expresses well Clytemnestra's joy at her daughter's coming marriage to a hero. Amphion, the longest work - at 27:56 almost as long as the other works on the program combined - is also the best. The period instrument players of the Cologne Academy perform grandly and with sumptuous sound as in a brief interlude in Circe at the time of her immolation that roars with energy. Willens leads the performances with bravado and shines a spotlight of splendor on Cherubini.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Cherubini, Luigi : Clytemnestre, cantata for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Maïlys Villoutreys (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Kölner Akademie
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1794

>Cherubini, Luigi : La mort de Mirabeau, choruses (3) of incidental music
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Kölner Akademie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1791

>Cherubini, Luigi : Circé, cantata for alto & orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Kölner Akademie
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1789

>Cherubini, Luigi : Amphion, cantata for tenor & orchestra
  • Performer: Andreas Karasiak (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Kölner Akademie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1786