Notes & Reviews:
Les Arts Florissants is a chamber opera in five scenes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, written in 1685 for Marie de Lorraine, Duchess of Guise. The story of the opera concerns the Arts, shown flourishing under the beneficent and peaceful reign of Louis XIV, as they become drawn into a dispute between La paix (Peace) and La discorde (Discord). After a brief struggle in which Discord gains the upper hand, Peace appeals to Jupiter to intervene on her behalf. Discord and his followers are chased back into hell by a hail of thunderbolts, and Peace holds sway once more. This benchmark recording by William Christie and his eponymous group, Les Arts Florissants, was originally released in 1982.
Record Review, 4th June 2016
Even 35 years after they made the recording of the work that gave them their name it still sounds as though they own it; a sparkling vibrant performance.
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Works DetailsCharpentier, Marc-Antoine : Les Arts Florissants, opera, H. 487
- Conductor: William Christie
- Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
- Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1685-1686