Campra: Tancrède

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Campra: Tancrède

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Alpha

Catalogue No:

ALPHA958

Discs:

3

Release date:

15th June 2015

Barcode:

3760014199585

Length:

2 hours 46 minutes

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Campra: Tancrède


Benoît Arnould (Tancrède), Isabelle Druet (Clorinde), Chantal Santon (Herminie), Alain Buet (Argant) & Éric Martin-Bonnet (Isménor)

Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles & Orchestre Les Temps Présents, Olivier Schneebeli

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A Baroque West Side Story, Tancrède tells of the absolute but impossible love between two young people brought together by their passion but separated by their origins. We are in the time of the Crusades: Tancredi is the champion of the Frankish army, and Clorinda the passionaria of the Saracen troops.

In the labyrinth of sentiments, the magic wand of the sorcerer Isménor confuses the issues, luring the two heroes into the enchanted forest to better prepare their downfall. Dances, choruses and arias merge in a subtle, poetic mixture, magnified by the dialogues sung in the grand tradition of French prosody and the tragédie lyrique. With Tancrède, André Campra established himself as one of the great opera composers between Lully and Rameau.

André Campra: Tancrède

Ouverture

Tancrède, Prologue

Prologue Scene 1: Air: Hatons-nous d'embellir ces demeures tranquilles (Enchanteur)

Prologue Scene 1: Venez, Fille du Ciel, aimable Paix, venez (Chorus)

Prologue Scene 2: Air: Plaisirs, Jeux innocents (Paix)

Prologue Scene 2: Danse de La Suite de La Paix: Passacaille

Prologue Scene 2: Recit et Air: La Discorde a brise sa chaine (Paix)

Prologue Scene 2: Menuet - Duo et Choeur: Dans ces beaux lieux (Chorus)

Prologue Scene 2: Gigue

Prologue Scene 2: Recit et Air: Les Peuples renommez des rives de la Seine (Enchanteur, Paix)

Prologue Scene 2: Air des Plaisirs: Le plaisir vous appelle (Paix)

Prologue Scene 2: Premier Passepied - Second Passepied

Prologue Scene 2: Pour un peuple fameux sur cent peuples divers (Chorus)

Tancrède

Ouverture

Tancrède, Act I

Act I Scene 1: Recit et Air: Rassemblez nos Guerriers (Argant, Herminie)

Act I Scene 2: Recit et Air: Je viens par mon Art redoutable (Ismenor, Argant)

Act I Scene 3: Recit et Choeur: Genereux Defenseurs de ce superbe Empire (Argant, Chorus)

Act I Scene 3: O Ciel! o supreme Puissance! (Argant, Chorus)

Act I Scene 3: Recit: Vous qui m'obeissez (Ismenor)

Act I Scene 4: Contre nos Ennemis mettons tout en usage (Chorus)

Act I Scene 4: Air: Manes des Roys les plus terribles (Ismenor)

Act I Scene 4: Choeur et Recit: Quels bruits! qui fait trembler la terre! (Chorus, Ismenor, Argant)

Act I Scene 4: Entracte: Second Air des Magiciens

Tancrède, Act II

Act II Scene 1: Prelude - Air: Suis-je Clorinde? o Ciel! (Clorinde)

Act II Scene 2: Recit: Princesse, vos Guerriers m'ont cede l'avantage (Tancrede, Clorinde)

Act II Scene 2: Recit: Aux yeux de vos Captifs songez a vous contraindre (Clorinde, Tancrede)

Act II Scene 3: Entree des Mores et des Sarrazins

Act II Scene 3: Air et Choeur: Quittez vos fers, goutez un sort plus glorieux (Tancrede, Chorus)

Act II Scene 3: Air des Amazones

Act II Scene 3: Air des Sarrazins - Air: L'Amour veut vous surprendre (Guerriere)

Act II Scene 3: Troisieme Air - Duo et Choeur: Si le danger vous etonne (Guerrieres, Chorus)

Act II Scene 3: Recit: Je ne pretens point vous contraindre (Tancrede, Clorinde)

Act II Scene 4: Recit: Qu'entends-je! (Tancrede) - Scene 5: Recit: Ah! Seigneur! (Guerrier, Tancrede)

Tancrede

Act II Scene 5: Entracte: Air des Sarrazins (reprise)

Tancrède, Act III

Act III Scene 1: Ritournelle - Recit et Duo: Tancrede aime Clorinde! (Herminie, Argant)

Act III Scene 1: Airs et Duo: J'ay cru ma peine sans egale (Herminie, Argant)

Act III Scene 1: Recit et Air: Croyez-vous que pour luy Clorinde soit sensible? (Argant, Herminie)

Act III Scene 2: Air: Cessez, mes Yeux, cessez de contraindre vos larmes (Herminie)

Act III Scene 3: Recit: Voicy de l'Enchanteur la fatale retraite (Tancrede)

Act III Scene 4: Chantons dans ces belles Retraites (Chorus)

Act III Scene 4: Air: Ce n'est point le Printemps (Driade)

Act III Scene 4: Sarabande - Air: Foible Raison ne nous fay plus entendre (Plaisir)

Act III Scene 4: Air des Bergeres - Duo: L'Amour dans la vie (Bergeres)

Act III Scene 4: Menuets - Air: Nos plaisirs seront peu durables (Driade)

Act III Scene 4: Air et Choeur: Regne, Amour, regne sur nos ames (Driade, Chorus)

Act III Scene 5: Recit et Air: Tancrede est par mes soins captif de ces forests (Herminie, Clorinde)

Act III Scene 6: Recit: Que vois-je! quel courroux l'anime! (Clorinde)

Tancrède, Act IV

Act IV Scene 1: Air: Sombres Forets, Asile redoutable (Tancrede)

Act IV Scene 2: Recit: Ciel! qu'est-ce que je voy? (Tancrede)

Act IV Scene 2: Air: Tout menace en ces lieux mes jours (Tancrede)

Act IV Scene 2: Recit: Cruel, cesse de le pretendre (Herminie, Tancrede)

Act IV Scene 3: Recit: Commence a ressentir l'effet de ma puissance (Ismenor, Tancrede)

Act IV Scene 4: Air et Choeur: Vengeance affreuse (Ismenor, Chorus)

Act IV Scene 4: Premier et Second Airs des Suivants de la Vengeance et de la Haine

Act IV Scene 4: Recit et Air: C'est assez differer (Vengeance, Ismenor)

Act IV Scene 5: Recit: Eprouve ma juste colere (Ismenor, Herminie, Tancrede)

Act IV Scene 6: Recit et Duo: C'est vous, belle Princesse (Tancrede, Clorinde)

Act IV Scene 7: Air: Estes-vous satisfaits, Devoir, Gloire cruelle (Clorinde)

Tancrède, Act V

Act V Scene 1: Recit et Air: Quel bruit! quels cris! o mortelles allarmes! (Herminie)

Act V Scene 1: Recit: Mais ce bruit eclatant m'annonce le Vainqueur (Herminie)

Act V Scene 2: Marche pour Les Trompettes

Act V Scene 2: Recit: Le jour a decouvert le succes de nos armes (Tancrede, Herminie)

Act V Scene 3: Marche du Triomphe

Act V Scene 3: Choeur et Air: Chantons les douceurs de la gloire (Chorus, Tancrede)

Act V Scene 3: Recit: Demeurez… les plaisirs n'ont rien qui puisse plaire (Tancrede)

Act V Scene 3: Premier et Second Airs des Guerriers - Air: Un sort plein de charmes (Guerrier)

Act V Scene 3: Air des Syriens

Act V Scene 3: Recit: Quel trouble saisit mes esprits? (Tancrede)

Act V Scene 4: Recit: Quel spectacle! Ciel! je fremis! (Tancrede, Clorinde)

Act V Final Scene: Air: Elle n'est plus! mourons, le jour me fait horreur (Tancrede)

BBC Music Magazine

October 2015

****

“Schneebeli directs an appeal perormance with clear regard for the score's strong theatricality, but not all is perfect...Benoit Arnaud is resonant and impassioned as Tancrede...A slightly more favourable recorded sound would have have helped the soloists, but as a whole this is an impressive and enjoyable issue.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2015

“The oboes and bassoons of Les Temps Présents play with sensuous warmth, and there is an adroit balance between the five-part strings in the fine overture. The haute-contre Erwin Aros sings ardently as an Enchanters in the Prologue...Thereafter, Campra's tragedie-lyrique is dominated by low voice...Benoit Arnould's performance of the title-role is by turns suave and valorous.”

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