Vox Luminis: Charpentier - Orphee aux enfers (FLAC)
Vox Luminis: Charpentier – Orphee aux enfers (FLAC)

Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer: Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen
Conductor: Lionel Meunier
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Alpha
Release: 2019
Size: 408 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Orphée descendant aux enfers, H. 471
01. Prélude
02. “Récit d’Orphée, violon lentement”
03. “Effroyable enfers, où je conduis mes pas”
04. “Quelle douce harmonie a frappé mon oreille ?”
05. “Vos plus grands criminels rongés par des vautours”
06. “Ne cherchons plus d’où vient cette tendresse”

La Descente d’Orphée aux enfers
07. Ouverture
08. “Inventons mille jeux divers”
09. “Compagnes fidèles”
10. “Soutiens-moi, chère Énone”
11. “Qu’ai-je entendu ? Que vois-je ?”
12. “Ah ! Bergers c’en est fait”
13. Entrée de Nymphes et de Bergers désespérés
14. “Lâche amant, pourrais-tu survivre”
15. “Ne tourne point, mon fils”
16. “Que d’un frivole espoir”
17. “Affreux tourments, gênes cruelles”
18. “Cessez, cessez fameux coupables”
19. “Quelle touchante voix”
20. “Je ne refuse point ce secours”
21. “Il n’est rien aux Enfers”
22. Entrée des Fantômes
23. “Que cherche en mon palais ce mortel téméraire ?”
24. “Je ne vis point ici, Monarque des Enfers”
25. “Pauvre amant, quel cœur de rocher”
26. “Eurydice n’est plus, et mon feu dure encore”
27. “Le destin est contraire à ce que tu souhaites”
28. “Tu ne la perdras point, hélas, pour me la rendre”
29. “Quel charme impérieux m’incite à la tendresse ?”
30. “Souviens toi du larcin que tu fis à Cérès”
31. “Je cède, je me rends, aimable Prosperine”
32. “Vous partez donc, Orphée ?”

The Orpheus myth was as important for the birth of opera in France as it had been in Italy. In 1684, Charpentier composed a work for three voices, Orphée descendant aux Enfers. With this piece, remarkable for its style and concision, he showed how well he had assimilated Carissimi’s art. It is a dramatic scene, similar to the sacred histories of the Roman master. The text, by an unknown author, narrates Orpheus quest for his beloved in the Underworld. The hero’s haute-contre gives him an elegiac timbre this was the vocal register in which Charpentier, himself a singer, excelled. In 1687 he created his second illustration of the myth, La Descente d Orphée aux Enfers. In its two acts can be discerned the outline of a possible complete opera the manuscript has reached us shorn of the third act in which Orpheus would presumably have lost Eurydice before being devoured by the Maenads. While La Descente d Orphée has already been recorded several times, the Orphée of 1684 is a rarity and a magnificent discovery. In these two roles that might have been written for him, Reinoud van Mechelen is at the peak of his artistry, while his ensemble A Nocte Temporis and Lionel Meunier’s group Vox Luminis blend in perfect symbiosis.

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