MARIN MARAIS (1656-1728): Sémélé.
Catalogue Number: 05J019
Reference: GCD 921614
Description: The last of Marais' five tragédies lyriques, this dates from 1709 and, while conforming generally to the Lullian style, makes the orchestra an important part of the drama with much subtle rhythmic and harmonic detail (as well as some learned counterpoint), with accompanying roles for trumpet and flute. A very impressive and colorful work. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Shannon Mercer (soprano), Hjördis Thébault (contralto), Anders J. Dahlin (countertenor), Thomas Dolié (baritone), Le Concert Spirituel; Hervé Niquet.