Airs, dances and choruses from operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), Henry Desmarest (1661-1741), Pascal Collasse (1649-1709), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) & Marin Marais (1656-1728)
The Passion album was an immediate success and the programme continues to appeal worldwide. In Germany and Belgium this year, Véronique Gens and the ensemble Les Surprises will be performing their entertaining compilation of both well-known and rarely heard music, drawn from their joint residency project with the CMBV.
Three years ago, during their joint residency with the Sinfonia en Périgord festival and the CMBV, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas and his ensemble Les Surprises invited soprano Véronique Gens to join them for a recital of excerpts from emblematic tragédies lyriques and ballets from the first operas under the Sun King. The concert was an overwhelming success and the recording met with great critical acclaim. Véronique Gens is outstanding in her embodiment of the art of Lully’s famous muse. Marie Le Rochois performed all the late 18th century star roles, including Lully’s Armide, Charpentier’s Médée and Desmarest’s Circé. Several years on, this recital continues to delight audiences in France and abroad.