CVS038 - Double CD - Sémiramis – Destouches
CVS038 - Double CD - Sémiramis – Destouches CVS038 - Double CD - Sémiramis – Destouches


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As a forgotten opera by Destouches, Sémiramis is nevertheless one of the composer's most convincing. The story of a struggle between human love and divine prophecies, the spectator is caught up in a relentless torrent of passion, anger, and despair. A masterpiece that has finally emerged from the shadows.


Chœur du Concert Spirituel
Les Ombres – Sylvain Sartre, direction

Éléonore Pancrazi, Emmanuelle De Negri, Mathias Vidal, Thibault de Damas, David Witczak, Judith Fa, Clément Debieuvre

André Cardinal Destouches (1672-1749)

Sémiramis tortured by Zoroastre’s spells, violence, incest, murder and magnificence: this is one of the most astonishing tragédies-lyriques! Its composer Destouches led an extraordinary life: a missionary in Siam, then a Musketeer in the Royal Army, he finally became a musician and trained with Campra. His first operatic work, Issé, triumphed in 1697 in the presence of Louis XIV. Twenty years later, his last tragédie-lyrique, Sémiramis (1718), is of great dramatic force, that of the fatal destiny of the Queen of Babylon who, fearing the prophecy of a son who would lead her to death, abandoned him at birth. But Arsane, the adopted son whom she adores whilst ignoring his birth origins, will fulfil the will of the gods by saving his beloved Amestris, driven mad by the magic of Zoroastre. From this powerful libretto, Destouches calls upon striking effects that make his final work a veritable torrent of passion. Margaux Blanchard and Sylvain Sartre bring this opera of impossible love to a state of incandescence.

 Recorded at the Royal Opera of Versailles on March 4th 2020

Booklet in french, english, germanDuration: Vol.1 73'13 - Vol.2 54'25

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