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5.0 out of 5 stars Essence of great, 15 Dec 2012
This review is from: Lully: Phaėton (Audio CD)
This is a rare recording. It has great rhythm, emotion and power. Do yourself a favor and ignore the less than five-star reviewers. They have no love for this music and simply don't appreciate the awesomeness of Lully's works. This recording does his works justice. Do not think otherwise. You will enjoy this recording immensely if you appreciate French baroque of the period.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous jiggy-jiggy, 24 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Lully: Phaėton (Audio CD)
I first listened to this recording very closely, through fine headphones, while carefully following the provided translation, and, unfortunately, the work, as a whole, disappointed. For the music on these two discs is meant to accompany theatrical spectacle. Without that visual drama, of lavish scenery and sumptous costume, the entire opera, as an aural experience only, is largely a stream of recitative-like jigginess, generally in major keys, with barely any alluring harmony, and only a couple of fleeting instances of almost-attractive melody. In this, it is, of course, music that is very French.

However, on listening to this recording three further times WHILE WORKING, i.e. listening to the music as an accompaniment to other activity, I found it surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable. So if I ever happen to be in Paris when this opera, or any Lully opera, is presented at one of the opera houses or at Versailles I shall certainly make my way to a seat.

The performances of the orchestra and soloists on this recording are superb and the audio capturing itself is flawless.

Unfortunately the music has been almost exactly halved so as to be presented upon two discs and this has meant that, ridiculously, the remaining few minutes of one act are presented at the beginning of the second disc. This was a silly cut for the act in question could easily have been concluded on the first disc.
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