WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Viardot: Le Dernier Sorcier / Owens, Barton, Zamora, Zabala, Manhattan Girls Chorus

Release Date: 03/01/2019 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9515  
Composer:  Pauline Viardot
Performer:  Liana Pailodze HarronCamille ZamoraEric OwensJamie Barton,   ... 
Conductor:  Michelle Oesterle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Girls Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"One hundred fifty years ago, the great mezzo-soprano, composer, and pedagogue Pauline García Viardot created the salon opera Le dernier sorcier ('The Last Sorcerer') in collaboration with the acclaimed Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. The piece centered on themes of power and progress, gender and equality, and the restoration of natural order in an ever-changing world. A chamber opera in two acts, Le dernier sorcier revolves around Krakamiche, a once-powerful sorcerer whose presence in the great woods has upset the fairies, the forest’s rightful inhabitants, and disturbed the harmony of the land. Through the combined efforts of the fairy folk and their queen, the sorcerer's daughter and her prince, and a hapless valet, Read more Krakamiche ultimately learns key truths about humility, love, and living in harmony with the natural world. Viardot's original manuscript, scored for solo voices, treble chorus, and piano, was held in a private collection for over a century, and as such, the work essentially vanished. Recently, the original piano-vocal score was acquired by Harvard University’s Houghton Library, which has granted permission to produce this world premiere recording." Read less

Works on This Recording

Le Dernier Sorcier by Pauline Viardot
Performer:  Liana Pailodze Harron (Piano), Camille Zamora (Soprano), Eric Owens (Baritone),
Jamie Barton (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Slattery (Tenor), Adriana Zabala (Mezzo Soprano),
Sarah Brailey (Soprano), Myra Huang (Piano)
Conductor:  Michelle Oesterle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Girls Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title