CVS126 - 3CD - Atys

Lully - Atys

Atys, a lyrical masterpiece of the Grand Siècle, intertwines love and tragedy, acclaimed by Louis XIV himself. Lully's virtuoso notes enhance Quinault's dazzling text, offering an enchanting reinterpretation under the passionate direction of Christophe Rousset.More details


Tragedy set to music to a libretto by Philippe Quinault, premiered in 1676 at Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

Reinoud Van Mechelen · Marie Lys · Ambroisine Bré
Philippe Estèphe · Romain Bockler · Gwendoline Blondeel
Olivier Cesarini · Kieran White · Nick Pritchard
Antonin Rondepierre · Apolline Raï-Westphal · Vlad Crosman

Choeur de chambre de Namur (Thibaut Lenaerts, conductor)
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset,

This is Atys, the King's Opera, Lully’s masterpiece, premièred in 1676 before the court. A legendary work in the rediscovery of Grand-Siècle operas, Atys is a paragon of emerging lyric art: it places love at the centre of the plot, and its hero – for the first time in Lully's work – dies on stage, provoking a sumptuous lamentation that could wring tears from the most hardened heart. Lully’s incredible music magnifies Philippe Quinault’s splendid tragic text, creating their first joint masterpiece, an Atys adored by the Sun King. Christophe Rousset offers his vision of a piece that has fascinated him for the past three decades, lending it the sensual colour imbued by Reinoud Van Mechelen's performance, a miraculous Atys…

Recorded from July 12th to 14th 2023 at the Royal Opera of Versailles.


Booklet French/English/German - Duration:  172'48

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