MICHEL PIGNOLET DE MONTÉCLAIR (1667-1737): Jephté.
Catalogue Number: 03V018
Reference: GCD 924008
Description: Another riveting account of a neglected French Baroque opera. There is an imaginative and individual flair to Montéclair’s music, nurtured by his extensive orchestral pit experience at the Paris Opéra – and Jephté is a work of his maturity (1732) which became one of the most-performed operas of the 18th century and which had a great impact on Rameau. The orchestra gets zesty airs, minuets, marches and a chaconne, but also a musette-tinged pastoral celebration while the choir is called on variously to represent warriors, Israelites, and companions of Iphise. 2 CDs. French-English texts. Chantal Santon Jeffery, Judith van Wanroij (sopranos), Tassis Christoyannis, Thomas Dolié (baritones), Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra; György Vashegi.