OP0453. ARMIDE (Lully), recorded 1992, w. Herreweghe Cond. Collegium Vocale; Guillemette Laurens, Howard Crook, Véronique Gens, Noémi Rime, Bernard Deletré, etc. (Germany) 2-Harmonia Mundi 901456.57, Slipcase Edition w.Elaborate 110pp. Libretto-brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy! - 3149025058805
"This is the world of the Sun King, Lully and his Tragédie Lyriques. I cannot recommend this recording too highly. The cast is first class - Guillemette Laurens, Howard Crook, Véronique Gens, Bernard Deletré, Gilles Ragon and Noémi Rime are here. The incredibly beautiful and talented harpsichordist and conductor, Emmanuelle Haïm, is one of the four keyboardists in the continuo section.
This opera is not inferior to Gluck's later work in any way. In fact, some scenes are actually superior to the same scenes in Gluck's setting of the same libretto. I think that this may be Lully's greatest opera.”
- Steven Guy
“In Herreweghe’s second (1992) recording which, though technically unavailable, does crop up for sale on the internet. He uses a rather bigger instrumental group, but more importantly his whole interpretation is weightier. His accompaniments are just as pointed as those by Brown, but Herreweghe and his group imbue Lully’s rhythms with a massiveness which underpins the performance exactly as it should.”
- Robert Hugill, musicweb-international