MARIN MARAIS (1656-1728): Incidental music and Aria from Sémélé, ANDRÉ DESTOUCHES (1672-1749): Cantata Sémélé, GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Vocal and instrumental excerpts from Semele and Theodora, Sweet Bird from L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Concerto grosso in F, Op. 3/4, Cantata Tra le fiamme.
Catalogue Number: 02Q016
Reference: MIR 260
Description: As you can tell, the subject of most of this disc is Dionysos' mommy; Icarus is brought in via Handel's full-sized cantata as a fellow exemplar of what? The various moral and philosophical explanations which French philosophers and librettists could fashion - quite differently from each other - from the original Greek myths. The Marais and Destouches make up 28 of the disc's 77 minutes, if you're counting the unusual repertoire timings. Texts in original languages. Chantal Santon Jeffery (soprano), Mélodie Ruvio (alto), Les Ombres; Margaux Blanchard and Sylvain Sartre.