JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY (1632-1687): Persée (1770 version - revised and adapted by Antoine Dauvergne [1713-1797], François Rebel [1701-1775] and Bernard de Bury [1720-1785]) (First Recording).
Catalogue Number: 03S015
Description: Nearly a century after its composition, Persée was recreated in 1770 to mark an exceptional event: the inauguration of the Royal Opera House at Versailles Palace, built to celebrate the wedding of the Dauphin and Marie Antoinette. For this unique occasion, the composers listed above were commissioned to revise Lully's work and adapt it to the new circumstances and the new venue, which was regarded as absolutely extraordinary in its time. Lovers of Lully's opera will therefore meet their mythological hero again, now with a richer orchestration and more for the chorus and the ballet dancers to do. 2 CDs in book. French-English libretto. Mathias Vidal (tenor), Hélène Guilmette, Katherine Watson (sopranos), Tassis Christoyannis (baritone), Le Concert Sprituel Chorus and Orchestra; Hervé Niquet.