Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1756 - 1791)

Les fêtes de Paphos

Cast
Direction
Christophe Rousset
Aglaé, Érigone, L'Amour
Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Vénus
Véronique Gens (soprano)
Psyché
Agnès Mellon (soprano)
Adonis, Mercure
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor)
Mars, Bacchus
Olivier Lallouette (baritone)
Comus, Tisiphone
Peter Harvey (baritone)
Une voix
James Oxley (tenor)
Choeur de Chambre Accentus
Les Talens Lyriques
Les fêtes de Paphos Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1756 - 1791)

“An eighteenth-century French music lover would surely be surprised at the scant attention paid to Mondonville in our century. Here was a man who held  some of the most prestigious musical appointments in France, a man who, in his heyday, was considered Rameau’s near equal as an opera composer and very much his superior in the realm of the motet. As Pierre-Louis Daquin, son of the composer Louis-Claude Daquin, observed : “If I were not Rameau, there is no one I would rather be than Mondonville.” (…)”

Graham Sadler

© 1997 The Decca Record Company Limited, London

Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre

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3 CDs Decca / LC0254

Recorded in June 1996 at the église luthérienne de Bon Secours, Paris
Released in 1997

With the generous support of the Fondation France Télécom