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Tim Ashley
Gramophone, August 2016

It could be argued that the looselimbed structure of Hippolyte et Aricie strays too widely from Phèdre, though its major excursions are drawn from the mythological variants Racine himself discusses in the play’s preface. Its controlled extravagance makes it one of the great French Baroque entertainments, though Rameau’s insights into Phèdre’s emotional and moral torment form a real heart of darkness. Christie conducted a superb Glyndebourne cast in 2013. © 2016 Gramophone



Judith Malafronte
Opera News, December 2014

RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1143D
RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7150D

…the superb Sarah Connolly embodies Phaedra’s obsessive love with impassioned and committed singing, especially in the grand “Cruelle mère des amours,” and is matched by Stéphane Degout’s masterfully detailed portrayal of the tormented Theseus.

…Emmanuelle de Negri, who exquisitely delivers the eleventh-hour “Rossignols amoureux,” is a standout. And…the excellent Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment mines each musical moment for handsome tone and real feeling. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review



Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, November 2014

In the bonus material, William Christie proclaims his love for this music, and that obviously translated into excellent work from the orchestra, chorus, and soloists. The title roles are convincingly acted and well sung by Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, October 2014

RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1143D
RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7150D

Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg make touchingly innocent lovers, Stéphane Degout is convincingly anguished as Theseus, and Sarah Connolly formidably regal as well as despairing. This is at least the third production that William Christie has conducted and his enthusiasm inspires orchestra, chorus and all…you will enjoy this. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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