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LULLY, J.: Armide (Opera Lafayette, 2007)

Composer(s):Lully, Jean-Baptiste
Artist(s)
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660209-10
Label Naxos
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Armide represents the culmination of the long and fruitful career of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the most powerful musician at the court of Louis XIV and the first important composer of French opera. Though not his final composition, Armide was his last complete tragédie en musique and the last work he wrote in collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault. It was an instant and enduring success: a crowd-pleaser at its initial production and a perennial favourite of audiences and critics in the 18th century.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

Though Lully was to write a large number of works for the stage, it was with Armide, completed in the year before his untimely death, that he reached the zenith of his creativity. Without his presence the work was subsequently to undergo many changes—often well meaning—so that it was passed down in a different shape to the original concept. Though he became the most influential musician in 17th century France, he was born in Italy and christened Jean-Baptiste de Lulli. His claim to high parentage was untrue, his parents so poor that a monk took care of him, and it was he who taught the boy the basics of playing the violin. He arrived in Paris as a teenager with the aim of teaching Italian to Mademoiselle de Montpensier, but as she did not take to him, he

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