Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Gluck: Armide [1999]

Gluck - Armide (Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre) [1999]
Classical | Archiv Produktion 459 616 2 | TT: 79.19+60.09 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 593 Mb

‘Perhaps the best of all my works’, said Gluck of his Armide. But this, the fifth of his seven ‘reform operas’, has never quite captured the public interest as have Orfeo, Alceste, the two Iphigenies and even Paride ed Elena. Unlike those works it is based not on classical mythology but on Tasso’s crusade epic, Gerusalemme liberata. No doubt Gluck turned to this libretto, originally written by Quinault, to challenge Parisian taste by inviting comparison with the much-loved Lully setting. Its plot is thinnish, concerned only with the love of the pagan sorceress Armide, princess of Damascus, for the Christian knight and hero Renaud, and his enchantment and finally his disenchantment and his abandonment of her; the secondary characters have no real life. Its style, largely determined by the structure of the libretto, is closer to the French tragedie-lyrique traditions than are Gluck’s more familiar operas, with its short airs gliding into arioso and recitative.
Richard Hickox, The City of London Sinfonia - Gluck: Armide [2010/1982]

Gluck - Armide (Richard Hickox) [2010/1982]
Classical | EMI 50999 6 40728 2 1 | TT: 65.45+56.10+45.31 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 728 Mb

The playing and singing of Hickox’s own orchestra and chorus are always mindful of stylistic matters, crisp and airy in the sensuous dance music, urgent and theatrical (in the best sense) in passionate sections of the score, which Hickox holds together in exemplary manner (Gramophone Magazine). Hickox conducts with a fine sense of theatre, as well as an aptly Gluckian restraint…Palmer is remarkable at her best, and her duet with Rolfe Johnson ('Armide, vous m'allez quitter') is memorably done (International Record Review).

Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (Live) (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 25, 2017
Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (Live) (2017)

Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (Live)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 142:22 min | 730 MB
Label: Aparté | Tracks: 57 | 2017

Armide was the last tragédie en musique to come from the collaboration of Lully and his librettist Quinault. The subject – the enchantress Armide's unhappy love for the knight Renaud – is drawn from Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata. 5 February 1686. The masses hastened to discover Lully's eleventh and last tragédie lyrique. And they were not mistaken: Armide, a genuine masterpiece, would be crowned with lasting success. Here, the classic tragédie lyrique achieved total fruition, on the literary and musical levels alike.

Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)  Music

Posted by uff at Jan. 5, 2017
Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)

Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)
Opera | 3cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
EMI Classics, 7243 4 89880 2 7 | rel: 1983 | 830Mb

I made my first acquaintance with “Armide” via the Minkowski recording when I was in the middle of a project exploring all the operatic treatments of that sorceress’ story I could find. Gluck’s version, set to essentially the same text as the earlier Lully opera (minus the prologue) was the great surprise of the project, far surpassing the various works of Haydn, Cimarosa and Vivaldi that treated Armida’s story or offered comical send-ups of it, with Gluck’s greater vigor and lyricism surpassing the austere older style of Lully’s setting.

Lully - Armide (William Christie) (2011) [Blu-Ray]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at May 2, 2016
Lully - Armide (William Christie) (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Lully - Armide (William Christie) (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24995 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 168 min | 42,3 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2504 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 168 min | 9,11 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Fra Musica | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian

For any enthusiast of Baroque music, the production of Lully's Armide at the Theatre des Champs Elysées, directed by William Christie and staged by Robert Carsen, was an exceptional event. The last and most successful collaboration between Lully and his librettist Quinault, Armide is the ideal of the genre as desired by Louis XIV: a tragic opera that achieves the perfect fusion of music, song and dance. William Christie leads the orchestra and chorus of Les Arts Florissants and a dazzling cast. Stephanie D’Oustrac is the imperious sorceress Armida, overcome by the violence of a forbidden passion.

Lully - Armide (William Christie) [2011] RE-UPLOAD  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Aug. 26, 2011
Lully - Armide (William Christie) [2011] RE-UPLOAD

Lully - Armide (William Christie) [2011]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Francais (Dolby AC3, 2 ch); (DTS, 6 ch) | 4,77+6,47Cb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Fra Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | 168+31 min

Twenty-four years ago, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants premièred Jean-Baptiste Lully s opera Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris. It was a smashing success, and marked a pivotal moment in the history of period performance practice. Christie became a tireless champion of the music of Lully and helped rehabilitate the composer s once stodgy reputation. In Armide, the tragédie en musique (a genre that Lully and his librettist Quinault jointly invented) reaches its peak of emotional and musical expression. Robert Carsen s highly acclaimed 2008 production of Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées rekindled interest in French Baroque music. On this new video from FRA Musica, filmed at the Château de Versailles, Carsen and stage director Jean-Claude Gallotta present an opulent and powerful vision of Lully s poignant masterpiece.

Lully's Armide - Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris (2008)  Music

Posted by pedrothelion at Jan. 10, 2010
Lully's Armide - Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris (2008)

Lully's Armide - Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris(2008)
French | 720p HDTV | AVI | H264 1280 x 720 1700Kbps 25fps | MPEG 1 Layer 3 2CH 48KHz | 02:50:04 | 2.25GB

Here is the HD version of Armide by Lully that was broadcasted by french tv : France2
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Lully: Les divertissements de Versailles (2002)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Lully: Les divertissements de Versailles (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 78:10 | 433 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato Disques | Catalog: 0927-44655-2

This superb recording of the compositions of Lully for the court of Louis XIV is almost perfect in delivery; evoking the sophistication, wit, grandeur, humor that would be required to entertain the most demanding of monarchs amidst the most sophisticated court in Europe. The character of Lully is fascinating. Lully was an Italian actor, dancer and musician who becomes the central creative force in music theatre in the court of the Sun King. However it is the flawless music that is contained in this recording that should be heard. With use of period instruments William Christie and Les Arts Florissants paint a range of compositions from various operas and periods in Lully's career in the court of the Sun King.

Camilla Tilling - Loves Me... Loves Me Not... (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 3, 2017
Camilla Tilling - Loves Me... Loves Me Not... (2017)

Camilla Tilling - Loves Me… Loves Me Not…
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:46 min | 261 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 19 | 2017

Love plays a significant part in most operas, but all too often it is frustrated, or entangled with deception, humiliation and betrayal. With her new disc Camilla Tilling presents a near-comprehensive catalogue of the emotions that the vagaries of love can raise in the breast of an operatic heroine. And these emotions are universal and timeless, afflicting servants and countesses, Grecian princesses, a sorceress from Damascus and a young lady of 18th-century Naples alike.
Andrew Lawrence-King - Choregraphie: Music for Louis XIV's dancing masters (2007, Harmonia Mundi # HMU 907335)

Andrew Lawrence-King ‎– Chorégraphie: Music For Louis XIV's Dancing Masters
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 277 MB | Full Artwork: 151 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Harmonia Mundi # HMU 907335 | Country/Year: France 2007
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

"This is one of those albums that can be listened to on two levels: one for the enjoyment of the rich, heavily ornamented sound of Andrew Lawrence-King's Baroque triple harp (the term refers to the instrument's three rows of strings, a configuration that survives today in Welsh folk music), and one for the music involved and how it fit into the musical and cultural universe of its time. (…) The sound picks up every little detail of Lawrence-King's harp, some of which are as quiet as the sounds of a Chinese zither." ~AMG, 4,5/5