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Guerre: Cephale et Procris

Guerre: Cephale et Procris

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1694: the first French opera composed by a woman is premiered at the Academie royale de musique. The fateful destiny of the Greek lovers, driven to blindness and horror by the gods: Cephalus will kill Procris, whom he believes to be unfaithful, and himself… A virtuoso harpsichordist much appreciated by Louis XIV, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre chose to become a composer at a time when such freedom was virtually unheard of for a woman. Her gamble paid off, with six performances and the admiration of posterity: this flamboyant work has finally been brought back to the public by Reinoud van Mechelen.

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 16, 2024


  • UPC: 3760385430249


  • Catalog Number: CVS119


  • Label: Chateau de Versailles


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: A Nocte Temporis


  • Performer: Reinoud Van Mechelen, Ema Nikolovska, Deborah Cachet, Marc Mauillon