Prime Music
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by MEGA Media and Fulfilled by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Zoverstocks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.30
Learn More
Trade in now
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$10.53
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: cdgiveaways
Add to Cart
$14.37
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Add to Cart
$16.78
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: IMS Distribution
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, August 18, 2005
"Please retry"
$10.53
$8.98 $4.95

Amazon's William Christie Store

Visit Amazon's William Christie Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.


Frequently Bought Together

Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers + Charpentier - Les Plaisirs de Versailles / Christie + Charpentier - In Nativitatem Domini Canticum · Messe de Minuit / Les Arts Florissants · Christie
Price for all three: $46.61

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Performer: Patricia Petibon, Monique Zanetti, Katalin Károlyi, Sophie Daneman, Paul Agnew, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Audio CD (August 18, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B000005E3R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Overture
2. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 1 - Inventions mille jeux divers
3. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 1 - Compagnes fideles
4. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 1 - Soutiens-moi, chere Enone
5. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 2 - Ah! Bergers, c'en est fait
6. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 2 - Entree Of Despairing Young Nymphs And Sheperds
7. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 3 - Ne tourne point, mon fils
8. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 1 - Scene 3 - Que d'un frivole espoir
9. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 1 - Prelude
10. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 2 - Prelude
11. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 2 - Je ne refuse point le secours
12. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 2 - Les Fantomes
13. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 3 - Prelude
14. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 3 - Je ne viens point ici
15. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 3 - Euridice n'est plus
16. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 3 - Tu ne la perdras point, helas
17. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 3 - Souviens-toi du larcin
18. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 3 - Je cede, je me rends
19. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 4 - Vous partez donc, Orphee
20. La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers: Act 2 - Scene 4 - Entree of Shades

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Amazon.com

The myth of Orpheus--the divine musician who went to Hades to rescue his bride Eurydice from the dead and whose song actually persuaded Pluto to release her--has been irresistible to operatic composers from Monteverdi to Offenbach. One of the happiest rediscoveries of the Baroque revival is this lovely one-act chamber opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, which combines the gentle lilt typical of French Baroque music with the beautiful melodies and delicious suspensions in which Charpentier excelled. Charpentier diverged from the myth in one important respect: he omitted the tragic ending in which Orpheus loses Eurydice a second time, instead allowing the couple to live happily ever after. Orpheus is sung by Baroque tenor extraordinaire Paul Agnew, whose pure, sweet, and flexible singing would convince Pluto to release the dead from Hell if anyone's could. Sophie Daneman, Monique Zanetti, Patricia Petibon, and Jean-François Gardeil head a cast without a single weak link; the instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants are as skillful and sensitive as always. If you want to sample French Baroque opera at its best without investing in a three- or four-disc set, you can do no better than this. --Matthew Westphal

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
7
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By gks5q@virginia.edu on July 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Some people in London (read the review below) apparently think that unfinished masterpieces of French baroque are not even worth performing. Well, I'm a diehard Charpentier fan who doesn't think so. Charpentier has a special musical language, unique even among other French composers of the period, and far superior to most other baroque composers who've filled the pages with their endless and boring da capo arias and barren recitatives. There is no such thing as a regular recitative and a regular aria when it comes to Charpentier: his music is through-composed and stylistically taut. Thanks to Lully, Charpentier's music never got much credit during the composer's lifetime, and, by inertia, ever since. Thanks to Christie, Charpentier's music is now being restored to its rightful position of glory. I'd tell that guy in London (see below) that Charpentier is better than a hundred Clerambaults. It is hard to imagine a more persuasive case for Charpentier than this fabulous recording. Paul Agnew's performance of Orphee is priceless.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Rike on October 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
How amazing is it that the most powerful interpreter of the French baroque is an American?! His recording of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphee aux enfers is simply one of the most beautifully made CD's in the catalog. How unfortunate for the Amazon.com rating system that some complete idiot gave this recording only 3 stars!!! Whoever he/she is doesn't understand the system and it should be removed. They fault the recording for the fact that Charpentier in (about) 1686 did not finish the piece!!!! That has NOTHING to do with what the fabulous team assembled by Mr. Christie accomplished with this recording. AS a professional violinist (and baroque violinist at that), I just feel that I have something to add to this system. Mark Rike
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. B Collins Jr. on February 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants are the premier interpreters of the works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Charpentier, born in Paris in 1643, studied in Rome when he was 17 with Carissimi, a master of church music. He returns to France in 1670 when he was 27 and is under the patronage of Marie de Lorraine and he remains under her patronage as a composer and singer for the next 17 years. During this time he also collaborated with Moliere's Comedie Francaise. He served for a few years as composer for the chapel of the Dauphin but was never given a royal appointment by Louis XIV. At this time Lully dominated the music of the court of Louis XIV. However he was named as the master of music of the Church of St. Louis which was known for it outstanding music and then master of music of Sainte-Chapelle, that architectural gem in the center of Paris. Here he remained until he died at age 61. Whereas much of his career was devoted to religious music, he had exceptional abilities to compose musical drama, as this CD testifies. The topic of Orpheus is fitting for opera since it is about the power of music to even overcome death.

The main characters in this dreamy opera are Orpheus and his new young bride Euridice, who is bitten by a poisonous snake on their wedding day. Orpheus descends to Hades to persuade Pluto to allow Euridice to return to life on earth. There are other shades in Hades and these characters make Hades a very musical place. It is Pluto's wife Proserpine who convinces her husband to allow Euridice to return and here the opera ends.

The beauty of this opera is outstanding. There is a short overture followed by a cascade of selections sung by the characters in the upper world and most expressively by the characters of the underworld.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon on February 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I don't agree with the attitude that the opera has a happy end and not with the suspicion that the last part is lost.
After all, the classics were the bread and the butter of the education at that time, and it's not a wild guess to suppose that every french who had access to this music at that time, knew quite well the story of Orpheus and Euridyce.
So i believe that at the end of the opera the audience knew what next.

This opera is quite different from those unbearable and boring operas from, let's say, 1750-2011, especially because it's simply a great piece of music, no matter the genre, and also... because it's not 3 or 4 hours long.

The performance is superb in every respect: the great Christie and his orchestra,
and the excellent role of Orpheus performed by Paul Agnew. If i was Plouton, i would not let him return to the earth!

The recording is good and quite balanced.

A MUST!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


MEGA Media Privacy Statement MEGA Media Shipping Information MEGA Media Returns & Exchanges