OP0444. ACTÉON (Charpentier), w.Christie Cond. Les Arts Florissants Ensemble; Dominique Visse, Agnès Mellon, Guillemette Laurens, Jill Feldman, Françoise Paut, etc. (Germany) Harmonia Mundi 1901095, recorded 1982, w.Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy!
"Marc-Antoine Charpentier's ACTÉON receives an exemplary performance (on Harmonia Mundi HM 1095) from the Arts Florissants ensemble directed by William Christie (who plays one of the two continuo harpsichords in the Cesti). After a hunting overture that breaks away from the Lully pattern, the brutal mythological story is presented in six short scenes that include several striking choruses and are rich in melodic invention: Actéon's 'sleep scene' (a traditional element of the Lullian tragédie-lirique) and the final chorus of mourning by his fellow-hunters are especially memorable. The alto Dominique Visse, in the title-role, skilfully changes his vocal timbre when Actaeon is turned into a stag - not so much, a vengeful Juno reveals, because he had chanced to see Diana bathing as because he is descended from Europa, with whom Juno's consort Jupiter had dallied."
- GRAMOPHONE, Sept.,1983