MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER (1643-1704): La Couronne de Fleurs, H. 486, La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers, H. 488.
Catalogue Number: 05P018
Reference: 777 876-2
Description: La Couronne is a 28-minute work in the form of an operatic prelude and is also a pastorale, to texts by Molière and originally associated with his play "The Imaginary Invalid". Whether it was ever performed is unknown. Its discmate (also available on Erato via William Christie) appears to be a fragmentary opera; only two acts exist, one set in a grove (a pastorale like La Couronne) and one in Hell. No other recording of La Couronne. French-English texts. Amanda Forsythe, Teresa Wakim (sopranos), Andrew Sheehan (tenor), Jesse Blumberg (baritone), Boston Early Music Festival Vocal and Chamber Ensembles; Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs.