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Saint-Saens: Proserpine / Schirmer, Munich Radio Orchestra

Release Date: 05/12/2017 
Label:  Ediciones Singulares   Catalog #: 1027  
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew Foster-WilliamsFrédéric AntounMarie-Adeline HenryVéronique Gens,   ... 
Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio ChoirMunich Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The protagonist of Saint-Saëns' Proserpine, premiered at the Opéra-Comique on March 14, 1887, is no reincarnation of the ancient goddess, but a Renaissance courtesan well versed in culpable amours. According to the composer, she is a "damned soul for whom true love is a forbidden fruit; as soon as she approaches it, she experiences torture". Yet for all the innocence of her rival Angiola, the unexpected happens: "It is the bloodthirsty beast that is admirable; the sweet creature is no more than pretty and likeable." Visibly enraptured by this delight in horror, Saint-Saëns indulges in unprecedented orchestral modernity, piling on the dissonances beneath his characters' cries of rage or despair. He Read more concluded thus: "Proserpine is, of all my stage works, the most advanced in the Wagnerian system." The least-known, too, and one which it was high time to reveal to the public, in its second version, revised in 1899.



The cast is led by Véronique Gens in the title-role, her ever-expressive colouring of text superb, from scornful and haughty courtesan to desperate lover. Frédéric Antoun is a stylish Sabatino. Andrew Foster-Williams’s biting baritone makes for a splendid Squarocca. The Munich Radio Orchestra impress, particularly in the pulsating entr'acte depicting Proserpine’s flight back to Florence.

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Works on This Recording

Proserpine by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew Foster-Williams (Bass Baritone), Frédéric Antoun (Tenor), Marie-Adeline Henry (Soprano),
Véronique Gens (Soprano), Jean Teitgen (Bass)
Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio Choir,  Munich Radio Orchestra

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