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Marc-Antoine Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers; La Couronne de Fleurs - Aaron Sheehan (tenor); Amanda Forsythe (soprano); Dorothee Mields (soprano); Douglas Williams (bass baritone);...
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  1. La Couronne de fleurs, pastorale for 8 voices, chorus, 2 treble viols & continuo, H. 486
  2. La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers, opera, H. 488
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Based on a program presented at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2011, this recording, made in a German radio studio in 2013, offers a pair of little-known short operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. One of the two, La descente d'Orphée aux enfers (not to be confused with a similarly titled cantata), either was left unfinished or has been partially lost; it is missing a finale and resolution to the plot. As a result, it basically hangs when it concludes the program here; to end with the lighter La Couronne de fleurs, with a ...