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CATEL, C.S.: Semiramis [21] (Le Concert Spirituel, Niquet)

CATEL, C.S.: Semiramis [21] (Le Concert Spirituel, Niquet)

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release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Concert Spirituel Orchestra


Niquet, Herve


Andrew Foster-Williams

Soloist

Mathias Vidal

Soloist

Nicolas Courjal

Soloist

Gabrielle Philiponet

Soloist

Maria Riccarda Wesseling

Soloist

Nicholas Maire

Soloist

Herve Niquet

Soloist

Concert Spirituel Chorus



Venue:

21-Berlioz Le Corum, Montpellier



Record Label
Glossa

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 105:25
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CATEL, C.S.: Semiramis [21] (Le Concert Spirituel, Niquet)

     
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX



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Semiramis

 
1 Ouverture 5:59
 Andrew Foster-Williams Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

2 Act I Scene 1: Air avec choeur: Arzace, par sa valeur (Azema, Chorus) 5:06
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

3 Act I Scene 2: Recitatif: Mais d'ou vient que la paix (Azema) 1:18
 Maria Riccarda Wesseling Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

4 Act I Scene 3: Recitatif: O voiles de la mort! (Semiramis, Azema) 2:28
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

5 Act I Scene 3: Choeur: Sois sensible a notre douleur (Chorus) 0:55
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
6 Act I Scene 3: Recitatif et air: J'avais cru que ces dieux (Semiramis) 3:29
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
7 Act I Scene 3: Marche des pretres 1:16
 Mathias Vidal Soloist
     
8 Act I Scene 4: Recitatif: Reine et grands, ecoutez (Oroes, Semiramis) 1:42
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

9 Act I Scene 4: Ensemble: O sentence cruelle! (Semiramis, Azema, Oroes, Chorus) 2:27
 Andrew Foster-Williams Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

10 Act I Scene 4: Marche et scene: Mais j'entends retentir les trompettes (Oroes, Semiramis) 1:19
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
11 Act I Scene 5: Choeur: Quelle pompe! (Chorus) 1:58
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
12 Act I Scene 5: Scene: Reine, ces etendards (Arzace, Semiramis) 1:07
 Maria Riccarda Wesseling Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

13 Act I Scene 5: Andante 3:17
 Mathias Vidal Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

14 Act I Scene 5: Danse pour les africains 3:00
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
     


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CHARLES SIMON CATEL

1 Act II Scene 1: Recitatif: Que m'a dit Oroes? (Arzace) 1:19
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
2 Act II Scene 1: Air et recitatif: Oui, je viens des champs de la gloire (Arzace) 2:20
 Nicolas Courjal Soloist
     
3 Act II Scene 2: Recitatif: Objet de tous mes voeux (Arzace, Azema) 2:38
 Maria Riccarda Wesseling Soloist
     
4 Act II Scene 2: Duo: De tant d'amour (Azema, Arzace) 1:48
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
5 Act II Scene 2: Recitatif: Mais Assur parait (Azema) - Scene 3: Va, dis-je, et vois enfin (Assur, Arzace) - Scene 4: Tu combles la mesure (Assur, Azema) 3:50
 Gabrielle Philiponet Soloist
     
6 Act II Scene 4: Air: Que l'eclat de votre naissance (Azema) 4:06
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
7 Act II Scene 5: Recitatif: Ont-ils fait l'un et l'autre (Assur) 0:51
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

8 Act II Scene 5: Recitatif: Tous les grands de l'Etat (Cedar, Assur) 1:12
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
9 Act II Scene 5: Air: S'il est vrai que votre vengeance (Assur) 2:39
 Gabrielle Philiponet Soloist
     
10 Act II Scene 6: Marche 1:28
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
11 Act II Scene 6: Recitatif: Princes, mages, guerriers (Oroes, Semiramis) 2:57
 Maria Riccarda Wesseling Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

12 Act II Scene 6: Air: Maitresse de mon diademe (Semiramis) 2:13
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

13 Act II Scene 6: Recitatif: Que de ce grand hymen (Semiramis) 0:42
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
14 Act II Scene 6: Choeur: Oui, nous jurons (Chorus) 0:44
 Gabrielle Philiponet Soloist
     
15 Act II Scene 6: Choeur: Pretresses de l'hymen (Chorus) 4:02
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
16 Act II Scene 6: Recitatif: Vous dont la noble audace (Semiramis, Chorus, Assur, Oroes) 1:08
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
17 Act II Scene 6: Recitatif: Tu regneras Arzace (L'ombre de Ninus) 0:49
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
18 Act II Scene 6: Finale: Grands dieux! (Tous) 2:38
 Nicholas Maire Soloist
     
19 Act III Scene 1: Recitatif: Non, ne differons plus (Assur) 1:06
 Andrew Foster-Williams Soloist
     
20 Act III Scene 1: Ensemble: Que le mystere et le silence (Chorus, Assur) 3:22
 Maria Riccarda Wesseling Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

21 Act III Scene 2: Recitatif: Le ciel m'a tout ravi (Arzace, Azema) 1:54
 Mathias Vidal Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

22 Act III Scene 2: Duo: Songe qu'a toi je me confie (Azema, Arzace) 4:13
 Mathias Vidal Soloist
     
23 Act III Scene 3: Recitatif: Venez, retirons-nous (Oroes, Arzace) 3:18
 Nicolas Courjal Soloist
     
24 Act III Scene 3: Ensemble: Frappez, punissez le coupable (Oroes, Chorus, Arzace) 2:59
 Nicolas Courjal Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

25 Act III Scene 4: Recitatif: Non, je ne reviens point de cet etat (Arzace) 0:54
 Maria Riccarda Wesseling Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

26 Act III Scene 5: Recitatif: On n'attend plus que vous (Semiramis, Arzace) 4:26
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
27 Act III Scene 5: Duo: Eh bien, ne tarde plus (Semiramis, Arzace) 2:26
 Andrew Foster-Williams Soloist
     
28 Act III Scene 5: Recitatif: Mais c'est trop differer (Arzace, Semiramis) - Scene 6: Et c'est la que tu fuis (Semiramis, Azema) 3:37
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
 

CHARLES SIMON CATEL

29 Act III Scene 7: Recitatif: Ciel! ou suis-je? (Arzace, Azema) - Scene 8: Le ciel est satisfait (Oroes, Chorus, Assur, Arzace) 1:16
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
 

PHILIPPE DESRIAUX

30 Act III Scene 8: Recitatif: Viens me venger (Semiramis, Arzace) 1:14
 Herve Niquet Soloist
     
31 Act III Scene 8: Choeur: O terrible destin! (Chorus) 1:55
 Herve Niquet Soloist
 Niquet, Herve


First performed at the Paris Opéra in 1802, Sémiramis by Charles-Simon Catel is an example of the revival at that time of the tragédie lyrique inherited from Gluck. A work with a touch of exoticism (Babylon), expressing the pathos of isolation, but also with pomp in its ambitious finales, the work bade farewell to the ‘Louis-XVI style’ and announced, in a neo-Classical style, the grand opéra of the Romantic period. But it came at a time of polemics between supporters and detractors of the new Paris Conservatoire, where Catel, at that time professor of harmony there, had made so many enemies that the audience pit at the Opera was bristling with vengeful hostility when the curtain rose on the first act...
 
Hervé Niquet and his Le Concert Spirituel, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary, continue with their untiring rehabilitation of forgotten tragédies lyriques (we might recall here their Callirhoé by Destouches, Sémélé by Marais, Proserpine by Lully and Andromaque by Grétry) with this recording of Catel’s Sémiramis made during the course of the Festival de Radio France,
in Montpellier, in July 2011. The typical skill of Niquet when it comes to selecting singers – among who shine here are Maria Riccarda Wesseling and Andrew Foster-Williams – further helps to make this new operatic release a stimulating surprise for all lovers of the best in French music.
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