ANTONIO SALIERI (1750-1825): Les Horaces.
Catalogue Number: 10U034
Description: Premiered in Paris in 1786 with a libretto based on Corneille’s 1640 tragedy The public of the time found the subject too political and the plot too dark (the heroine’s suicide was judged so shocking that the last scenes had to be reworked), however they noted the beauties of the score: as in Les Danaïdes of two years before: the poignant arias, the crowd scenes and the verve of the divertimentos look ahead to Romanticism. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Judith van Wanroij (soprano), Cyrille Dubois, Julien Dran (tenors), Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone), Les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, Les Talens Lyriques; Christophe Rousset.