The conductor Jérémie Rhorer is today regarded as one of the finest interpreters of the music of Mozart in general and his operas in particular. After conducting Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2015, he performed it again at a memorable concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris the following September with his orchestra, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. It is this outstanding performance, a live recording that conveys the full dramatic intensity of the opera, that we present here.
‘In Die Entführung, Mozart presents a completely unprecedented vision of the singspiel, with highly developed ensembles and musical continuity at a time when contemporary spectators were expecting the standard alternation between spoken and sung sections’, says Jérémie Rhorer in the interview that accompanies the discs. That musical dramaturgy is at the centre of this interpretation, which is served by a very homogeneous team of singers.
From the reviews – extract
‘Lively and highly nuanced conducting from Jérémie Rhorer, completely at home from the Overture onwards. Under his direction, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie reached its peak in Pedrillo’s Serenade, bringing the string pizzicati right down to pianissimo: a moment of grace!’ Clémence Faber / Bachtrack / read more ‘Jérémie Rhorer was, as usual, a model of dynamism and refinement. The orchestra glowed red-hot in every department. The sense of theatre was complemented by a genuine depth in the orchestral textures. The overall tone was always apt, moving from melancholy to burlesque, bouncing, deceptively serious, Mozartian.’ Yannick Boussaert / Forum Opéra / read more ‘One has rarely heard an Entführung aus dem Serail of such grandeur of tone (notably in the last act), such richness of accents and colours . . . Jérémie Rhorer establishes his claim among the conductors of his generation as the Mozartian par excellence.’ Gilles Macassar / Concert Classic / read more