ANDRÉ-MODEST GRÉTRY (1734-1813): Andromaque.
Catalogue Number: 06L041
Reference: GCD 921620
Description: This 1780 tragédie lyrique was Grétry's attempt to meet Gluck on his own ground. "He follows Gluck in his combination of severe declamation and psychologically perceptive lyricism, but rejects his lofty expansiveness in favour of hurtling momentum and absolute conciseness of expression. The end result is a real rollercoaster ride of an opera that also feels genuinely Racinian in its portrayal of frayed nerves, clashing wills and moral monstrosity" - The Guardian. At a taut 89 minutes, you'll be fascinated and gripped all the way through. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Karine Deshayes (soprano), Maria Riccarda Wesseling (mezzo), Sébastien Guèze (tenor), Tassis Christoyannis (baritone), Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Chœur et Orchestre du Concert Spirituel; Hervé Niquet.