Experimental feature

Listen to this article

00:00
00:00
Experimental feature
or

Lully’s 1683 tragédie en musique, a morality play about the reckless ambition of Phaéton, son of the Sun, was tailor-made for the court of Louis XIV: its classical plot, adapted from Ovid, created opportunities for spectacle, dance-inspired divertissement and affirmation of the Sun King’s glory.

Full marks to Rousset for engineering its modern revival in a scintillating concert performance a year ago in Paris, from which this recording is taken.

The music is anything but formulaic, and Rousset’s cast – led by honey-voiced tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro in the title role, Ingrid Perruche as Queen Climène and the swallow-voiced Isabelle Druet as Théone – is so attuned to the style that even the lengthy recitatives come across as undiluted musical delight.

Lully

Phaéton

Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques

(Aparté) 2 CDs

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.
myFT

Follow the topics mentioned in this article

Follow the authors of this article