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.