Gretry Cephale et Procris

Edgard Doneux, Paul Strauss - Gretry: Zemiere et Azor, Danses Villageoises, Cephale et Procris (1990)

Edgard Doneux, Paul Strauss - Grétry: Zémiere et Azor, Danses Villageoises, Céphale et Procris (1990)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 602 Mb | Total time: 73:45+70:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CMS 69701 2 | Recorded: 1974

More or less contemporary with Mozart, Grétry wrote more than fifty quintessentially Classical operas which enjoyed phenomenal success during his lifetime (this one was produced as far afield as New York in 1787). On the basis of this recording, made in 1974 in Brussels (Grétry was born in Liège but was dead by the time the state of Belgium was created, making him an honorary, if not actual, famous Belgian), it seems a shame that his work – or this comic reworking of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at any rate – has latterly been overlooked. The music, brightly performed by the Belgian Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra, is attractively melodic, if hardly profound, and the drama affords fantastical possibilities for an imaginative producer: a table decked with food appearing from nowhere, a magic moving picture in which the heroine watches her family after she has left them; and the transformation of the monstrous hero into a handsome young man. The chief attraction of this disc, however, is the casting of Mady Mesplé as the beauty Zémire. Her exemplary coloratura – ringingly clear and precise, if unnervingly fragile – is used to dazzling effect on the opera’s showstopper ‘La fauvetta avec ses petits’; and she is charming too, if a little passionless, in her ensemble pieces, especially the enchanting trio ‘Vieillons mes soeurs’ and her cheering closing scene with Roland Bufkens’s lyrical but ready and sometimes underpowered beast Azor. (Claire Wrathall)
English Chamber Orchestra (Leppard) - Rameau "Le Temple De La Gloire" / Grétry "Suite of Ballet Music" (1967) 24-bit/96kHz

English Chamber Orchestra (Leppard) - Rameau "Le Temple De La Gloire" / Grétry "Suite of Ballet Music" (1967)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 806Mb inc. 5% recovery
FilePost, FileFactory | Classical, Baroque | Circa 1972 UK repress | L'Oiseau-Lyre SOL 297

Raymond Leppard’s pioneering L’Oiseau-Lyre recordings of French Baroque music with the English Chamber Orchestra: the brilliant realisations of Rameau’s Temple de la Gloire suite have seldom been more strikingly performed. Le Temple de la Gloire was a theatrical entertainment to a text by Voltaire, written to celebrate a French victory and at the same time, of course, to glorify Louis XV.

Grétry: Céphale & Procris  Music

Posted by kizibibi2 at April 21, 2011
Grétry: Céphale & Procris

André-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) - Céphale et Procris - Chœur de Chambre de Namur & Les Agrémens - Guy Van Waas :
2 CD | AAC 256 kbps (VBR) | 2 files, File 1: 141.10 MB File 2: 155.70 MB (zip) | Booklet 3,4 MB
October 2010 | 2 CD Box | Classical

Céphale & Procris is an important, early work: dating from 1774-1775, just before Gluck’s arrival in Paris and his Iphigenie en Aulide, this is a historic cog in the wheel turning French stage works from the Lullian past into the future to be established by Gluck. The recitatives are short and dramatically to the point, in the Italian style, and each character and scene has its music adapted to it in tailor-made fashion, often with ravishing solos from orchestral winds and brass. Everything which makes this an exciting historical event.

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)  Music

Posted by delpotro at April 1, 2018
VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years: 1944-1956 (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 63:45:05 | 10,48 Gb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Today we take high fidelity sound quality for granted, but how did it start? When was the moment when compressed and scratchy sound gave way to natural, realistic sound that captured the whole picture of a performance?
Decca Sound ‘Mono Years’ seeks to answer that question and shows how, 70 years ago, amidst war-time privations, a small team at Decca made technological breakthroughs that brought hi-fi to the world. This latest cube explores Decca’s earliest high-fidelity history, and restores some restores critically acclaimed albums from ensembles such as the Trio di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Griller Quartet which have not been available since their original LP release more than sixty years ago. An equally impressive array of soloists includes pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany and violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli. Several generations of cellists are represented with recordings by Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Zara Nelsova.
Elizabeth Farr - Jacquet de la Guierre: Harpischord Suites Nos. 1-6 (2005)

Elizabeth Farr - Jacquet de la Guierre: Harpischord Suites Nos. 1-6 (2005)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 02:22:46 | 919 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Naxos Records

The musical talents of Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet, who became Jacquet de La Guerre at her marriage in 1684 to the organist Marin de la Guerre, attracted the patronage of Louis XIVs court while she was still little more than a child. She was an admired singer, virtuoso player of the harpsichord and composer of at least one opera (Cphale et Procris, 1694), a number of cantatas both secular and sacred, trio sonatas and the harpsichord works recorded here.
Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette Orchestra - Gretry: Le Magnifique [2012]

Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette Orchestra - Grétry: Le Magnifique [2012]
Classical | Naxos 8.660305 | TT: 80.00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 352 Mb

André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry was the greatest French composer of opéra-comique in the eighteenth century. His librettist for Le Magnifique, Jean-Michel Sedaine, took a tale by La Fontaine and fashioned it into a compelling libretto. Grétry responded with an outstanding score, including one of the first programmatic overtures in musical history. His expressive love music, and extended preludes and postludes, add to the theatrical variety of this important and varied opera.
Edgard Doneux, Louis de Froment - Gretry: Richard Coeur de Lion & Rousseau: Le Devin du village [2002]

Grétry - Richard Coeur de Lion & Rousseau - Le Devin du village (Edgard Doneux, Louis de Froment) [2002/1956/1978]
Classical | EMI 7243 5 75266 2 3 | TT: 79.23+54.11 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 681 Mb

Gretry's "Richard Coeur De Lion" (1784), a rousing tale about the rescue of the crusader king Richard the Lionheart by his faithful troubadour Blondel, is a minor masterpiece, the greatest French opera comique of the Ancien Regime. Gretry wasn't an eighteenth century composer of the calibre of Mozart, Rameau or his contemporary Gluck, but his music seduced audiences with its charm and tunefulness and in this opera he provided a great deal more. Blondel's stirring aria of loyalty to his king, "O Richard, oh mon roi", was so powerful it was used as an anthem by the royalists in the 1790s and promptly banned by the revolutionary authorities. The romance "Une fievre brulante" (which recurs throughout the opera in a very early anticipation of the Wagnerian leitmotif) is a superb melody too, sentimental in the best sense of the word. The only aria most people today are likely to be familiar with is "Je crains de lui parler la nuit", the song the old countess sings to herself just before she is murdered in Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades", but there are also lively peasant dances and choruses, catchy duets and trios and a barnstorming finale in which King Richard's loyal followers overrun the castle where he is being held and free him from its dungeon.
Gretry - Pierre le Grand (Sergey Stadler, Maxim Mironov) [2002]

Grétry - Pierre le Grand (Sergey Stadler, Maxim Mironov) [2002]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Not specified (Dolby AC3, 2 ch); (Dolby AC3, 6 ch); (DTS, 5 ch) | 7,03 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: ArtHaus | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Russian | Sung in French, Dialogues in Russian | 94 min | +3% Recovery

Peter the Great was staged to celebrate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg.
In order to understand the needs and sorrows of his people the young and dashing Tsar Peter decides to live and work incognito among the working classes. He falls in love with Catherine, a commoner's daughter and, still preserving his real identity, wants to marry her. (
Gretry - Andromaque (Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel) [2010]

Gretry - Andromaque (Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel) [2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 447.36 MB
Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog Number: GCD 921620

The work reflects the tendency of an age of changes which was torn between a nostalgia for the times of the reign of Louis XIV and the cult of modernity and progress. Thus, it overlays on the barely- altered Jean Racine text of Andromaque (1667) a music already suffused with Romantic aspirations where literally unheard-of tones and accents clothe the passions of the Classical Greek age in a new guise. Never performed again after its initial production Andromaque today reveals all the modernity of the French school on the eve of the French Revolution and imposes itself without doubt as one of the most singular and unexpected links between the Baroque and Romanticism.
Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry: Andromaque (2010)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Andromaque (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 446 Mb | Total time: 34:40+54:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921620 | Recorded: 2010

Working in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and the Palazzetto Bru Zane (Centre de Musique Romantique Française), Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel carry on with their journey of rediscovering forgotten operatic works, this time pitting themselves against music from the close of the Age of Enlightenment, in Andromaque (1778), the single tragédie lyrique written by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741- 1813). Known above all for his light opéras- comiques, at the end of his career the composer turned towards an increasingly heroic style in the vein of Méhul and Cherubini.