Boismortier: Don Quichotte Chez La Duchesse

Ensemble Caprice

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Format: CD

Cat No: ACD22860

Format Details:

Release Date:  16 February 2024

Label:  Atma Classique

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  722056286022

Genres:  Classical  Opera  

  • Description

    Ensemble Caprice under the direction of Matthias Maute presents Joseph de Boismortier's baroque opera-ballet Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, featuring singers Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse (Don Quixotte), Dominique Cote (Sancho Panza), Catherine St-Arnaud (Altisidora) and Geoffroy Salvas (Merlin and Montesinos).

    Charles-Simon Favart's 1743 libretto brings to life the characters of Miguel de Cervantes' masterpiece: Glory-loving Don Quixote, who wants to live like a valiant knight guided by the noblest ideals, but with no sense of reality, and his inseparable "squire" Sancho Panca.

    The dramatic plot offers a series of intrigues as wild as those of Cervantes.

    The score of Don Quichotte chez la duchesse used for this recording was transcribed from Boismortier's manuscript by violinist Olivier Brault, member of Ensemble Caprice and Sonate 1704. This is the manuscript score prior to the performances of the time, preserved at the Bibliotheque nationale de France; the commonly used engraved edition dates from after the premiere and includes changes that were introduced following the initial performances.

    "Matthias Maute and his Ensemble Caprice deliver performances of the utmost clarity that reveal all the exquisite and graceful brushes of Boismortier's melodic palette, while the way the music is allowed to flow is charmfully invigorating." – Classical Music Daily

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Boismortier: Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse Act 1 1-10
      • 11. 11-18 Act II
      • 19. 19-28 Act III