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Auber: La Sirene / Reiland, Orchestre des Frivolites Parisiennes

Release Date: 04/12/2019 
Label:  Naxos Opera Classics   Catalog #: 8660436  
Composer:  Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Benjamin MayenobeJean-fernand SettiDorothee LorthioisXavier Flabat,   ... 
Conductor:  David Reiland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre des Frivolites Parisiennes
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Auber earned international adulation in the late 1820s for his revolutionary grand opera ‘La Muette de Portici’ and by the time he composed ‘La Sirene,’ the success of which inspired potpourris of its melodies, he occupied a central place in French musical life. The mysterious siren of the title is part of a plot that abounds in fantastic comedy, love, betrayal, farce, and festivity in the lineage of Italian popular theatre. The German poet Heinrich Heine wrote that “La Sirene was received with resounding bravos… The author and the composer know how to amuse us agreeably, and even to enchant us, or to dazzle us by the luminous facets of their spirit.”



The performances on this premiere
Read more recording are modest but engaging and entertaining as well. David Reiland secures bright and breezy playing from his appropriately named Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes. Jeanne Crousaud doesn’t quite live up the idealised Siren of the title but sings with charm, as do the two tenors, Xavier Flabat and Jean-Noël Teyssier. The lower men’s voices sing characterfully, as do Les Métaboles, even if some of their contributions get a little lost in the rough-and-tumble.

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Works on This Recording

La Sirene by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Benjamin Mayenobe (Bass), Jean-fernand Setti (Bass), Dorothee Lorthiois (Soprano),
Xavier Flabat (Tenor), Jeanne Crousaud (Soprano), Jean-noel Teyssier (Tenor),
Jacques Calatayud (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Reiland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre des Frivolites Parisiennes
Notes: World premiere recording. 

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