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Médée, tragédie lyrique en cinq actes et un prologue Box set

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  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B006W7SVNI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Medee, Prologue: Overture to Act 1
  2. Medee, Prologue: "Louis est triomphant" (Chef du peuple)
  3. Medee, Prologue: "Paroissez, charmante Victoire" (Shepherds, Chorus)
  4. Medee, Prologue: "Le Ciel dans nos voeux s'interesse" (La Victoire, Chorus, La Gloire, Bellone)
  5. Medee, Prologue: Loure
  6. Medee, Prologue: "Dans le bel age, si l'on n'est volage" (Shepherds, Chorus)
  7. Medee, Prologue: Passepied
  8. Medee, Prologue: Overture to Act 1 (reprise)
  9. Medee, Act 1: "Pour flatter mes ennemis" (Medee, Nerine)
  10. Medee, Act 1: "Qu'il le cherche, mais qu'il me craigne" (Medee, Nerine)
  11. Medee, Act 1: "D'ou vous vient cet air sombre?" (Medee, Nerine, Jason, Arcas)
  12. Medee, Act 1: "Que je serois heureux, si j'etais moins aime" (Jason, Arcas)
  13. Medee, Act 1: "Que me peut demander la Gloire" (Jason, Arcas)
  14. Medee, Act 1: "L'Allegresse en ces lieux" (Creon, Jason, Arcas, Chorus)
  15. Medee, Act 1: "Seigneur, la Thessalie attaquant vos Estats" (Creon, Jason, Oronte, Chorus)
  16. Medee, Act 1: "Courez aux champs de Mars" (Creon, Jason, Oronte, Chorus)
  17. Medee, Act 1: "Que d'epais bataillons, sur nos reves descendent" (Creon, Jason, Oronte, Chorus)
  18. Medee, Act 1: Rondeau des Corinthiens
  19. Medee, Act 1: "Quel bonheur suit la tendresse" (Chorus)
  20. Medee, Act 1: "Que d'epais"
  21. Medee, Act 1: Entr'acte

Disc: 2

  1. Medee, Act 2: "Il est temps de parler" (Creon, Medee, Nerine)
  2. Medee, Act 2: "Vos reproches, Seigneur, ne sont pas legitimes" (Creon, Medee, Nerine)
  3. Medee, Act 2: "Princesse, c'est sur vous que mon espoir se fonde" (Creon, Medee, Creuse, Cleone)
  4. Medee, Act 2: "Enfin a ton amour tout espoir est permis" (Creon, Creusa, Cleone)
  5. Medee, Act 2: "Prince, venez apprendre une heureuse nouvelle" (Creon, Jason, Creuse, Cleone)
  6. Medee, Act 2: "Qu'ay-je a resoudre encor?" (Jason, Creuse, Cleone)
  7. Medee, Act 2: "Quand son amour seroit extreme" (Jason, Creuse, Cleone)
  8. Medee, Act 2: "Puisqu'un fier ennemy" (Oronte, Creuse, Jason, Cleone)
  9. Medee, Act 2: "Quelle est charmante" (Creuse, Jason, Oronte, Cleone)
  10. Medee, Act 2: Chaconne
  11. Medee, Act 2: Passacaille
  12. Medee, Act 2: "Vous voyez a quoi j'aspire" (Creuse, Jason, Oronte, Medee, Chorus)
  13. Medee, Act 3: "L'orage est violent" (Oronte, Medee)
  14. Medee, Act 3: "Souffrirez-vous qu'on vous enleve" (Oronte, Medee)
  15. Medee, Act 3: "Vous savez l'exil qu'on m'ordonne" (Medee, Jason)
  16. Medee, Act 3: "Quel prix de mon amour" (Medee)
  17. Medee, Act 3: "Croiras-tu mon malheur?" (Medee, Nerine)
  18. Medee, Act 3: "Noires filles du Stix" (Medee, Chorus)
  19. Medee, Act 3: "L'Enfer obeit a ta voix" (Chorus)
  20. Medee, Act 3: "Je vois le don fatal" (Medee, Chorus)
  21. Medee, Act 3: Premier Air pour les Demons
  22. Medee, Act 3: "Dieu du Cocyte et des Royaumes sombres" (Medee, Chorus) - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  23. Medee, Act 3: Seconde entree des Demons

Disc: 3

  1. Medee, Act 4: "Jamais on ne la vit si belle" (Jason, Cleone)
  2. Medee, Act 4: "Ah! Que d'attraits" (Creuse, Jason, Cleone)
  3. Medee, Act 4: "Si-tost que je parois" (Oronte, Jason)
  4. Medee, Act 4: "Vos soupcons estoient vrais" (Medee, Oronte, Nerine)
  5. Medee, Act 4: "D'ou me vient cette horreur?" (Medee, Nerine)
  6. Medee, Act 4: "Vos adieux sont-il faits?" (Creon, Medee, Nerine, Chorus)
  7. Medee, Act 4: "Objets agreables" (Creon, Medee, Chorus)
  8. Charpentier : Medee, Act 4: Premier Air des Phantomes
  9. Medee, Act 4: Phantomes et Gardes
  10. Medee, Act 4: "Tout resent le pouvoir" (Chorus)
  11. Medee, Act 4: "Mon pouvoir s'est connu" (Medee, Creon, Nerine)
  12. Medee, Act 4: "Noires Divinites" (Creon)
  13. Medee, Act 5: "On ne peut sans effroy" (Medee, Nerine)
  14. Medee, Act 5: "Ne les epargnons pas" (Medee, Nerine)
  15. Medee, Act 5: "Si la pitie vous peut trouver sensible" (Creusa, Medee, Nerine)
  16. Medee, Act 5: "Venez, parlez" (Creusa, Medee, Nerine, Cleone, Chorus)
  17. Medee, Act 5: Air funeste
  18. Medee, Act 5: "Eh bien, barbare" (Medee, Creuse, Nerine, Cleone)
  19. Medee, Act 5: "Quel feu dans mes veines s'allume" (Creuse, Cleone)
  20. Medee, Act 5: "Ah, Roy trop malheureux" (Jason, Creuse, Cleone)
  21. Medee, Act 5: "Elle est morte, et je vis!" (Jason)
  22. Medee, Act 5: "C'est peu, pour contenter la douleur" (Medee, Jason)

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I was told about this piece by a friend and then had the fortune to see it live recently at the English National opera. This is a wonderful piece of theatre and has great roles for all the leading protagonists, all taken with great aplomb here.Lorraine Hunt is the star of this recording for me and every time she appears she stamps her greatness on the scene and makes it truly memorable.Great work to from the Conductor and Orchestra.
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This is far the best release until now under all the aspects: voices, instruments, direction and not last audio quality.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good price 29 Jun. 2012
By BENJAMIN YAFET - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent addition to my MEDEA collection. CHARPENTIER composes in an advanced MONTEVERDI style.
A little comment about the price : It was only $ 14.62 for the full opera (2 CD's).
Not bad at all, given that I also bought (by mistake ) the highlights of the same opera for $ 19.99 (one CD only) elsewhere !
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Libretto? 28 April 2012
By Carolina Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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Why is Time Warner so cheap that it cannot print the libretto with this opera?
There is no mention that it has only a synopsis of the opera which is not mentioned in Amazon's description and this "new" edition look exactly like original edition that was first issued.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balancing the Scale 23 July 2012
By christianw7 - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to help balance the one star review, which I think is extreme for no libretto, given that this is an outstanding recording of music that deserves to be better known. I suggested to the reviewer that she amend to 4 stars with the comment that the lack of libretto was annoying. Don't slam a great recording of great music by great performers because the label is cheap.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 2 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It is hard to believe that this marvelous opera languished in obscurity for 300 years before being revived by Les Arts Florissants! Of all baroque operas, Charpentier's Medee seems particularly well-suited to satisfy any level of modern listener. Charpentier largely dispenses with the formalities of tragedie lyrique: the music in Medee is leitmotif-based and freely invented, blending recitative and aria to the point that they are virtually indistinguishable. While the plot is not realistic (how could it be, it's based on a myth), it is nevertheless quite dramatic. The vocal and instrumental performances, under Christie's intelligent direction, are perfectly calibrated to give effect to this drama. The finale is particularly effective. The expression of despondency in the farewell scene between Jason and Creuse is broken violently by the electrifying scene of the last confrontation between Jason and Medee, where the singers truly sound like they are about to kill each other. The impact is so immediate that it is easy to forget they are even singing. I don't recall ever being quite so impressed.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! 12 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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William Christie's second recording of Medee is superb. Lorraine Hunt's distinctive voice confers on her Medee a magnificent presence,instantly recognizable among other voices. Jill Feldman was a wonderful Medeeback in 1984, but she and Agnes Mellon who sang Creuse sometimes sounded a bit alikewhich made following the plot somewhat more difficult. Mellon was a real highlight of the 1984 recording. Monique Zanetti who signs Creuse here faces a difficult task of matching Mellon's Creuse, yet she does so admirably. But the real improvement between the two recordings is Jason. Tenor Gilles Ragon was a fine Jason in 1984, but, as Gramophone pointedout back then, he was occasionally not quite high enough for thishaute-contre role. With haute-contre Mark Padmore, Christie finally gets it right. In sum, the first Medee was a fine recording, but this one is just spectacular.
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