Rameau: Dardanus - Tragedie Lyrique. Paris, 1744
BBC Music Magazine's Opera Choice of the Month: "This exciting and full-blooded account has more historic coherence than any so far of this great opera."
In conjunction with the preparation of a fresh edition for the Rameau Opera Omnia of the May 1744 version of Dardanus (under the aegis of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Vashegyi conducts from a score prepared by the composer (and his librettist Leclerc de La Bruere) following the work's rejection by Paris Opera audiences in 1739, with the intention of reinforcing the tragedie's dramatic action.
Enacting this new sense of intensity on this Glossa release are Cyrille Dubois in the title role of the warrior besotted with Iphise (Judith Van Wanroij), traumatized by her "guilty love" for the enemy of her dour father, Teucer (Thomas Dolie), who allocates the princess' marriage hand to a princely ally, Antenor (Tassis Christoyannis). With aid and abetment from Venus (Chantal Santon Jeffrey) and a Magician (Dolie again), Love conquers all.
The dazzling array of solo singing featured here is accompanied, by turns, by joyful and mournful, festive and demonic choral interjections, the all couched in an exuberant, florid and decorative orchestral score (which includes the famous Chaconne).
- Jean-Philippe Rameau: Dardanus - Tragedie Lyrique. Paris, 1744
- Prologue: Tracks 1 - 20
- Acte I: Tracks 21 - 31
- Acte II: Tracks 1 - 14
- Acte III: Tracks 15 - 27
- Acte IV: Tracks 1 - 21
- Acte V: Tracks 22 - 38
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