David Tricou, David Witczak, Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel, Marie Perbost, Philippe Estèphe, Véronique Gens
Marais: Ariane et Bacchus 2 CD
Véronique Gens, David Tricou, Philippe Estèphe, Hélène Carpentier, Marie Perbost, David Witczak, Tomislav Lavoie, Judith van Wanroij, Mathias Vidal, David Witczak, Le Concert Spirituel, Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Hervé
Hervé Niquet resurrects Ariane et Bacchus (1696), using for the first time the exact performing forces and layout of the Paris Opéra orchestra in 1700 and thus giving us a historically informed version of this tragédie en musique by Marin Marais. The latter became a viol player at the Académie Royale de Musique in 1676, just as his mentor Lully’s Atys triumphed there. Lully subsequently initiated him into the skills of operatic composition, and Ariane et Bacchus was premiered nine years after the older man’s death. This production, made possible by the support of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, was performed in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to great acclaim in 2022, when Diapason wrote that the work was ‘deservedly rescued from oblivion’ and was ‘magnified by a sober and telling interpretation from Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel, in perfect consonance with a remarkable cast’, featuring such luminaries as Judith van Wanroij, Véronique Gens, Mathias Vidal, Hélène Carpentier, Marie Perbost, Matthieu Lécroart, David Witczak, Tomislav Lavoie and Philippe Estèphe.