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Offenbach: La Perichole Highlights / Lafaye, Amade, Markevitch


Release Date: 04/22/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 769845  
Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Denise MonteilJanette VivaldaMonique LinvalLouis Noguera,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association OrchestraRené Duclos Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the complete Périchole:

[T]he old mono French Columbia under Markevitch...without being star-studded, was rich in the right flavour and spirit, very French and light in touch, and still sounds good.

-- Peter Gammond, Gramophone [10/1982]

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[Others have] direct[ed] sympathetically, if not managing the finesse that Igor Markevitch brought to EMI's classic 1958 recording...

-- Gramophone [5/1992]

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The main character of this romantic operetta is a street singer, Périchole, who has a place of honour among operatic heroines, existing
Read more in works other than this one by Offenbach. She did in fact exist as an exuberant Peruvian street singer who had Lima worshipping at her feet. She was the daughter of José de Villegas and the heiress of an important Spanish family in the Peruvian capital, Teresa Hurtado de Mendoza. Her name was Michaela Villegas, born in 1748 and dying in 1819, she was famous not only as an entertainer but also as the mistress of the Viceroy of Peru. She ended her days as a Carmelite. In 1995 one of her descendants, Bertrand Villegas, living in Paris, wrote a fictional biography of her. This out-of-the ordinary character had fascinated others before him. First there was Prosper Mérimée, who as part of his Théâtre de Clara Gazul in 1829 recounted some stories about her in Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement, which in 1948 inspired an opera by Henri Busser (and another by the British composer, Lord Berners, recorded on Marco Polo). There was also Jean Renoir, whose Le Carrosse d'Or (1953) was a well-received success. And here Jacques Offenbach, and his La Périchole - the insult ("perra choia" which means "creole bitch") had been thrown at the impetuous, wayward young woman by her protector, where it stuck as if it were her name.

Offenbach’s score contains some catchy tunes and stirring moments. Try the marching duet "Le conquérant dit a la jeune indienne" (CD1 tk.6) with its staccato catch-syllables. The most memorable number is Périchole’s letter song "O mon cher amant" (CD1 tk.10) which is sung by Suzanne Lafaye with the right quality of lyrical sensuousness. By contrast she also provides a comic drunken take-off (with balletic overtones) in "Ah! Quel diner" (CD1 tk.13) with good characterisation. Perhaps the nearest Offenbach gets to a Peruvian identity is in two numbers; the unusual, piccolo-led finale with the choir and notaries (CD1 tk12), and the finale to Act 3 with its accentuated minor key (CD2 tk.21). The music elsewhere is firmly French.

Markevitch has well rehearsed the company and maintains tight reins in his direction of the orchestra. In the Galop de l’arrestation (CD2 tk.7) soloists and choir are required to sing short syllables in unison at a rapid pace. All keep absolutely in step (a difficult achievement with so many singing). The duo singing of Pierre Germain (Don Pedro) Jean-Christophe Beniot Le Comte) in the catchy Bolero (CD2 tk.10) is good and well matched.

-- Raymond Walker, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
La Périchole: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
2.
La Périchole: Promptes a servir la pratique by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Denise Monteil (Soprano), Janette Vivalda (Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
3.
La Périchole: C'est lui, c'est notre Vice-Roi...Sans en rien souffler à personne by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
4.
La Périchole: Le conquérant dit by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
5.
La Périchole: Vous a-ton dit souvent by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
6.
La Périchole: O mon cher amant, je te jure by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
7.
La Périchole: Holà oh! Holà! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Denise Monteil (Soprano), Janette Vivalda (Soprano),
Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano), Christian Asse (Tenor),
Jacques Pruvost (Baritone), Pierre Germain (Baritone), Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
8.
La Périchole: Ah! quel dîner by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano), Louis Noguera (Bass),
Pierre Germain (Baritone)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
9.
La Périchole: Je dois vous prévenir, madame by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
10.
La Périchole: Qu'on se hâte by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jacques Pruvost (Baritone), Christian Asse (Tenor), Monique Linval (Soprano),
Janette Vivalda (Soprano), Denise Monteil (Soprano), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone),
Pierre Germain (Baritone), Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
11.
La Périchole: Cher seigneur, revenez à vous by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Monique Linval (Soprano), Denise Monteil (Soprano), Agnès Dysney (Mezzo Soprano),
Janette Vivalda (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
12.
La Périchole: On vante partout by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Monique Linval (Soprano), Denise Monteil (Soprano), Agnès Dysney (Mezzo Soprano),
Janette Vivalda (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
13.
La Périchole: Et la maintenant que nous sommes seuls by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Pierre Germain (Baritone), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Raymond Amade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
14.
La Périchole: Nous allons donc voir un mari by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Louis Noguera (Bass), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano),
Raymond Amade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
15.
La Périchole: Que veulent dire ces colères by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
16.
La Périchole: Ecoute, ô Roi by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
17.
La Périchole: Sautez dessus by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano), Louis Noguera (Bass),
Raymond Amade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
18.
La Périchole: Rondo des maris ré by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
19.
La Périchole: Les maris courbaient la tête by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Pierre Germain (Baritone), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
20.
La Périchole: On me proposait d'être infame by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
21.
La Périchole: Dans ces couloirs obscurs by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
22.
La Périchole: Je suis le joli geôlier by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano), Raymond Amade (Tenor), Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
23.
La Périchole: Roi pas plus haut qu'une botte by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano), Raymond Amade (Tenor), Louis Noguera (Bass)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
24.
La Périchole: Je t'adore, si je suis folle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
25.
La Périchole: En avant...Pauvres gens où sont-ils? by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Monique Linval (Soprano), Janette Vivalda (Soprano), Denise Monteil (Soprano),
Pierre Germain (Baritone)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus
26.
La Périchole: Ecoutez, peuple d'Amérique by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Raymond Amade (Tenor), Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
27.
La Périchole: Tous deux au temps de peine et de misère by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Suzanne Lafaye (Soprano), Raymond Amade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus

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