- Performer: Jill Feldman, Jacques Bona, Agnès Mellon, Gilles Ragon, Philippe Cantor, et al.
- Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
- Conductor: William Christie
- Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
- Audio CD (December 9, 1992)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
- ASIN: B000027NU4
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,287 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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cds are free of scratches. Hardly used. May be some handling wear to the cd case.
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on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the earliest recordings by William Christie and his famous Les Arts Florissants, and one of their first great successes. This recording won the Gramophone award for the Best Early Opera in 1984, one of the first historically informed performances to win such universal acclaim. Everyone interested in period performance practice should have this recording, together with Christie's 1995 rerecording of this fabulous opera. The comparison between the two versions of the opera reveals a lot about Christie's genius. It is amazing how much the two versions are alike, and yet it is even more amazing, given how great the first version was, how much improvement Christie was able to achieve with his second recording of Medee. Christie's vision of Medee remained fundamentally unchanged between the two recordings, but within that uniform framework he was able to identify and highlight the greatest strenghts of Medee as a remarkably dramatic work, combining the intensely beautiful music with the poignantly dramatic libretto. The second recording followed a series of stage performances that gave Christie and his performers a deeper insight into the work. As a result, the 1995 recording of Medee is truly a thing unto itself; but the 1984 recording nevertheless is more than a mere predecessor - it is also a masterpiece. The recording features a marvelous cast of soloists, with Agnes Mellon especially memorable as Creuse. The singing here is more reserved than on the second Medee; and this is perhaps the main reason Christie chose to rerecord. The 1984 recording also suffers from minor cuts, because of the constraints of the original LP format. The most noticeable cut is the gorgeous solo aria of the Corinthian in the final scene of the first act. Obviously, if you can't spare $$ to buy both recordings, buy the second one. But if you can afford to buy both, you will learn a lot from a comparison between the two. If you're already a Christie fan, you will come away with an even greater respect for him. And if you're relatively new to this kind of music, you will come away with a better understanding of why it deserves your attention.
on April 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I got curious and bought this recording, just to compare it with Christie's 1995 version of Medee. Well, the first version turned out to be really good too. It won a Gramophone Best Early Opera award when it was first released in 1982, and I can see how it deserved such a major award. The female leads are admirable in both recordings, with the scale tipping slightly in Lorraine Hunt's favor. It's Jason that made all the difference between the two recordings. Gilles Ragon was not a bad Jason, but he can't stand any comparison with the truly extraordinary haute-contre Mark Padmore in the 1995 recording. It's the difference between good and exceptional.
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