Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra & Gyorgy Vashegyi - Rameau: Naïs, RCT 49 (2018)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 798 MB
Label: Glossa | Tracks: 95 | Time: 146:15 min
György Vashegyi's love affair with French Baroque repertoire continues with Rameau's Naïs from 1749 in a Glossa release complete with a characteristically appealing design. Subtitled Opéra pour la paix, Naïs features demanding and extended leading roles for soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Naïs) and high tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (Neptune), ably assisted by Florian Sempey and Thomas Dolié, in an everyday eighteenth-century tale of a lovesick god in disguise, a misinterpreted prophecy and an alternative version of the Olympic Games (the score demands much from the chorus and Vashegyi's refined Purcell Choir is up to the mark).