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Grétry: La Caravane Du Caire / Minkowski, Ricercar Academy


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 268   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  André Modeste Grétry
Performer:  Guy de MeyPhilippe HuttenlocherIsabelle PoulenardGilles Ragon
Conductor:  Marc MinkowskiGustav Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar AcademyNamur Chamber ChoirLa Petite Bande,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Long ago, Ricercar was the very first label to request famous musicians like Gustav Leonhardt (1980) or Marc Minkowski (1994) to produce recordings of lyrical works by Grétry. At the time, few if any opera houses showed interest in the compositions of the undisputed creator of the 'opéra comique'. These first recordings, made under exceptionally favourable conditions, have played a major part in the rediscovery of Grétry's repertoire, which now features prominently on an increasing number of scenes. 'La Caravane du Caire' is one of the rare works that Grétry composed for the Académie royale that respected the conventions of the institution. Full of verve and colour, this opera with its Eastern subject was Read more one of the greatest successes of his career. A few exotic touches and the presence of a ballet also contributed to the score's success. 'Le Jugement de Midas' is an 'opéra comique'; in it Grétry observes the quarrels between the advocates and adversaries of various operatic styles that rocked Paris with a humour that is particularly his own. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La caravane du Caire by André Modeste Grétry
Performer:  Guy de Mey (Tenor), Philippe Huttenlocher (Bass), Isabelle Poulenard (Soprano),
Gilles Ragon (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Academy,  Namur Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
2.
Le jugement de Midas: Excerpt(s) by André Modeste Grétry
Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1778; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1980 
3.
Le jugement de Midas: Overture by André Modeste Grétry
Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1980 
4.
La caravane du Caire: Overture by André Modeste Grétry
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Academy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 

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