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Wagemans: Legende / De Leeuw, Nederlandse Opera

Wagemans / De Nederlandse Opera / De Leeuw
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1443   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Jan Wagemans
Performer:  Caroline CartensMarieke Steenhoek
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera ChorusNetherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The opera is based on the (in)famous 19th century comic book “Histoire de M. Vieux Bois” which are known in English as “The adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck” and in Dutch: ‘Reizen en avonturen van Mijnheer Prikkebeen’ written and drawn by the Swiss author Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846). He intertwined comic stories about a lepidopterist (a man that catches and studies butterflies) with stories that are very serious, tragical and at times mystical.

The version of the opera produced by De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and recorded here differs from the original in that substantial cuts where made. Act 1 is almost complete, lacking only a short aria for Ursula and Pontus.
The opera is based on the (in)famous 19th century comic book “Histoire de M. Vieux Bois” which are known in English as “The adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck” and in Dutch: ‘Reizen en avonturen van Mijnheer Prikkebeen’ written and drawn by the Swiss author Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846). He intertwined comic stories about a lepidopterist (a man that catches and studies butterflies) with stories that are very serious, tragical and at times mystical.

The version of the opera produced by De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and recorded here differs from the original in that substantial cuts where made. Act 1 is almost complete, lacking only a short aria for Ursula and Pontus.
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Works on This Recording

1. Legende by Peter Jan Wagemans
Performer:  Caroline Cartens (Soprano), Marieke Steenhoek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

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