GÉRARD SOUZAY / HANDEL, RAMEAU, LULLY

GÉRARD SOUZAY
HANDEL · RAMEAU · LULLY

English Chamber Orchestra
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Raymond Leppard
Int. Release 07 Apr. 2014
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Track List

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Rodelinda, HWV 34

Act 2

Tolomeo, HWV 25

Act 3

Radamisto, HWV 12

Act 1

Il Floridante, HWV 14

Act 1

4.
4:30

Berenice, HWV 38

Act 2

5.
5:04

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)
Hippolyte et Aricie

Act 2

Castor et Pollux, RCT 32

Dardanus, RCT 35

Act 4

Gérard Souzay, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632 - 1687)
Alceste, LWV 50

Act 4

Cadmus et Hermione

Act 5

Gérard Souzay, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra

Persée

Gérard Souzay, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)
La favola d'Orfeo

Act 2

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Partenope, HWV 27

Act 2

Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30

Act 2

Act 3

Gérard Souzay, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Serge Baudo

La Rencontre imprévue, Wq 32

Gérard Souzay, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Robert Corman

Total Playing Time: 1:18:45

. . . [Gérard Souzay comes very close] to modern notions of how to interpret Handel, Rameau, Lully, Gluck and Monteverdi, while retaining his unique individuality . . .

. . . [Gerard Souzay] had a long and outstanding reputation for unequalled diction, ability to sing in many languages, and investing his performances with pure emotion, eschewing any kind of over-analytical approach to art. His was the methodology that emphasized line and phrasing over the particularities of vocal technique . . . This opera recording from the Baroque era . . . [is] a fine document of early 1960s Baroque practice, especially since the majority of the works are under the direction of Raymond Leppard . . . Souzay fans will be salivating over this one . . . The "super digital transfer" . . . is excellent in all regards.

Souzay's ever-tasteful artistry and Leppard's longtime expertise in such works will surely reward you . . .

Lully, Handel et Rameau ont vu leur orchestre et leurs rythmes métamorphosés depuis l'album de Gérard Souzay et Raymond Leppard, en 1963. Le baryton francais pourrait cependant en remontrer à beaucoup par la fermeté de la déclamation, la noblesse de la phrase, voire le délié des vocalises. Le sommeil de Mercure, du "Persée" de Lully, suffirait à justifier la réédition.

. . . sincérité mélancolique . . . "Les Amours du poète" émeuvent comme une confidence douce-amère.