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REBEL, F. / FRANCOEUR, F.: Zelindor, Roi des Sylphes [Opera] / Le Trophee Suite (Fouchecourt, H.G. Murphy, Opera Lafayette, R. Brown)

Composer(s):Francoeur, FrancoisRebel, Francois
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.660224
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

First performed at Versailles in 1745, the opera ballet Zélindor is a delightful rococo pastorale which found favour with Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, no doubt because its story about a king who loves a commoner reflected her own situation. Opera Lafayette’s 2007 revival was hailed as “brilliant” by The Washington Post, which praised the soloists, headed by Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, and chamber chorus who “sang with a gusto matched by the orchestra’s rhythmic pungency”. This is the work’s world première recording with full orchestra and chorus.


Review By,January 2012

pleasant and aurally attractive…Tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is particularly good in both the works, singing parts written for very high tenor—and without use of falsetto—with clarity and considerable style. © 2012 Read complete review


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