Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers

Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers

Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Lionel Meunier

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Among the leading lights of French baroque music, Marc-Antoine Charpentier stands out as a highly influential figure, his sizeable catalog including oratorios, masses, operas, psalm settings, motets, incidental music for theatrical productions and some works that positively defy categorisation. Ultimately he became master of music at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, holding the post from 1698 until his death six years later. His first take on the Orpheus legend dates from 1684. A relatively recent discovery, it is thought to consist of two acts of what was probably intended as three. This praiseworthy recent recording, conducted by Lionel Meunier, features it alongside Charpentier’s other, later, setting. read more



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    10 January 2020