Rameau: Achante et Céphise released on Warner Classics 5 November 2021

•          Breaking a silence of nearly 270 years: an unexpected revival of Rameau’s Achante et Céphise under the baton of Alexis Kossenko, with Les Chantres du CMBV and Les Ambassadeurs

•          Jean-François Marmonte’s libretto combines mythology and fairytale in a single subject, mixing the magical powers of the evil genie, Oroès, with traditional tributes to Venus and Love

•          A “commissioned work” for Rameau – there were only 14 performances and no revivals

•          Daring in both form and orchestration, the composer makes great demands on the technical skills of the performers

•          A world premiere recording starring Sabine Devieilhe, Cyrille Dubois, David Witczak, Judith van Wanroij


Sabine Devieilhe, soprano (Céphise)

Cyrille Dubois, tenor (Achante)

David Witczak, baritone (Le Génie Oroès)

Judith Van Wanroij, soprano (Zirphile)

Jehanne Amzal, soprano (La Grande Prêtresse)

Artavazd Sargsyan, tenor (Un Coryphée)

Arnaud Richard, bass baritone (Un Coryphée / Un Chasseur)

Marine Lafdal-Franc, soprano (Une Fée / Une Bergère)

Anne-Sophie Petit, soprano (La Deuxième Prêtresse / Délie)

Floriane Hasler, mezzo soprano (La Troisième Prêtresse)

Les Ambassadeurs, La Grande Ecurie

Les Chantres Du Centre De Musique Baroque De Versailles

Olivier Scheneebeli, chorus master

Alexis Kossenko, conductor

Packaging: 2CD clamshell box, 92pp booklet

Int. Release date: 5 November 2021

Clamshell: 0190296693946

SHRM: 0190296693830