La Pierre Philosophale, H.501
Orphée descendant aux enfers, H. 471: excerpts
Amanda Forsythe (Soprano), Douglas Williams (Bass-Baritone), Teresa Wakim (Soprano), Mireille Lebel (Mezzo-Soprano), Lydia Brotherton (Soprano), Olivier Laquerre (Bass-Baritone), Zachary Wilder (Tenor), Jason McStoots (Tenor), Aaron Sheehan (Counter-Tenor)
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Paul O’Dette (Conductor), Stephen Stubbs (Conductor)
1 CD in a boxed-set with 92 page booklet
Previous recordings on CPO from the Boston Early Music Festival have been received with great acclaim; Conradi’s Ariadne and Lully’s Thésée and Psyché have received Grammy nominations and Psyché was a finalist in the Baroque Vocal category at the 2009 Gramophone Awards.
This month, in corporation with the Boston Early Music Festival, CPO proudly present more Baroque opera, this time by the French composer Marc Antoine Charpentier. The main work on the disc is Charpentier’s Actéon, a tragédie en musique based on Greek myth. Alongside this are the chamber opera Orphée descendant aux Enfers (The descent of Orpheus to the Underworld) and La Pierre Philosophale.