mercoledì 17 settembre 2014

C.W.Gluck - Philemon & Baucis

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La Feste d'Apollo was composed for the marriage of Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, and Maria Amalia, Archduchess of Austria, in the summer of 1769. It consisted of a prologue and three non-related acts, two of which are recorded here: Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone. In addition to music, there was a tournament, a festival celebrating the arts and sciences, and a Chinese fair. Even the general public was invited.

The first opera, "Aristeo" is related to the Orpheus story. It tells how Aristeaus, who was partly divine, had become enamored of Euridyce and caused her death. He subsequently becomes enamored of a nymph named Cidippe. At the advice of his mother, Cirene, Aristeaus does penance for his crimes and misdeeds and ultimately weds Cidippe.

The second opera "Philemon and Baucis" tells the famous story of the aged couple who offer hospitality to Zeus, disguised as a weary traveller, and receive immortality as a reward. In the opera, the story is modified as the couple become a pair of young lovers with Zeus himself officiating at their wedding as part of the reward for their good deeds. This opera is lyrical and pastoral in tone.

Le Feste d'Apollo

Atto d'Aristeo
Aristeo Ann Hallenberg
Ati Magnus Staveland
Cirene Ditte Andersen
Cidippe/Silvia Marie Lenormand

Atto di Bauci e Filemone
Bauci Ditte Andersen
Filemone Marie Lenormand
Giove Magnus Staveland
Una pastorella Ann Hallenberg

Choeur de chambre de Namur
Les Talens Lyriques
dir. Christophe Rousset

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