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Andre Campra: Tancrede

By Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles

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By Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Orchestre les Temps Presents, and Schneebeli. By Andre Campra (1660-1744). Classical. 3 listening CDs. Published by Alpha (NX.ALPHA958).

Item Number: NX.ALPHA958

A Baroque West Side Story, Tancrede tells of the absolute but impossible love between two young people brought together by their passion but separated by their origins. We are in the time of the Crusades: Tancredi is the champion of the Frankish army, and Clorinda the passionaria of the Saracen troops. In the labyrinth of sentiments, the magic wand of the sorcerer Ismenor confuses the issues, luring the two heroes into the enchanted forest to better prepare their downfall. Dances, choruses and arias merge in a subtle, poetic mixture, magnified by the dialogues sung in the grand tradition of French prosody and the tragedie lyrique. With Tancrede, Andre Campra established himself as one of the great opera composers between Lully and Rameau.

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