Reinoud Van Mechelen, A Nocte Temporis: Legros, Haute-Contre de Gluck

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Tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen concludes his trilogy dedicated to hautes-contre with "Legros, Gluck's haute-contre". Joseph Legros (1739-1793) was a singer at the Paris Opera, renowned for his extraordinary musical abilities, wide range and brilliant high notes. "His contemporaries appreciated the fact that his vocal delivery was not forced and that his taste was less mannered than that of his predecessors. His pronunciation was perfect and his face pleasing, although he did not cut a graceful figure and his stage acting left something to be desired" writes Benoit Dratwicki, of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, which is a partner in this series... Legros sparked renewed interest among modern composers for the haute-contre voice. The first to write for him were La Borde, Trial and Berton. Then came Gossec (Alexis et Daphne) and Gretry (Cephale et Procris). In 1774, Gluck's arrival in Paris marked a turning point in Legros's career: he made a name for himself in Orphee et Eurydice, caused a sensation in Iphigenie en Aulide and Iphigenie en Tauride... The title roles in Amadis de Gaule by J. C. Bach and Piccinni's Atys were the last roles in which he shone. After Legros, the haute-contre voice gradually disappeared, giving way to that of the "true tenor", a more powerful voice, but one that had difficulty tackling the high register of the old repertoire…

Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor), A Nocte Temporis

P-M Berton: Sylvie
Gluck: Accablé de regrets (from Orphée et Eurydice)
Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide: Overture
Gluck: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice)
Gluck: J'obtiens l'objet que j'aime (from Iphigénie en Aulide)
Gluck: Quel langage (from Iphigénie en Tauride)
Gluck: Quel nouveau ciel (from Orphée et Eurydice)
Gossec: Alexis et Daphné
Gretry: Céphale et Procris
Gretry: Déesse des beaux jours (from Céphale et Procris)
Gretry: Parais, mortel amoureux (from Céphale et Procris)
Laborde: Ciel! en voyant ce temple redoutable (from Thétis et Pelée)
Laborde: Que mon destin est déplorable (from Thétis et Pelée)
Laborde: Thétis et Pelée: Ouverture
Legros: C'est ici que j'ai vu pour la première fois (from Hylas et Églé)
Piccinni: Ô funeste amitié! Confiance accablante! (from Atys)
Trial: Amour, si tu te plais à ma douleur mortelle (from La fête de Flore)

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Johann Christian Bach (1735-82), Pierre-Montan Berton (1727-80), Ch.W.Gluck (1714-87), F-J.Gossec (1734–1829), A.E.M.Gretry (1741–1813), Jean-Benjamin de Laborde (1734–94), Joseph Legros (1739-93), Niccolò Piccinni (1728–1800), Jean-Claude Trial (1732-71)
Reinoud Van Mechelen, A Nocte Temporis
Legros, Haute-Contre de Gluck
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