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Patrie! Duets From French Romantic Operas / Talpain, Kosice Philharmonic


Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94321  
Composer:  Jacques HalévyCamille Saint-SaënsJules MassenetCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Pierre-Yves PruvotHjördis Thébault
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 19th century, Paris consolidated its position as the leading city of opera. Composers from Germany (Meyerbeer, Paer and Wagner, who famously had a very unhappy time there) and Italy (Rossini, Verdi, Spontini, Cimarosa and Cherubini) worked there alongside native composers, vying for public favour in the years following the French Revolution.

Opera was performed in Paris’s major theatres (the Opera, Opera-Comique, Theatre- Lyrique and Theatre-Italien) and divided into two varieties – serious works on heroic themes and lighter works based on the lives of ordinary people or events. This divide developed into two fully defined styles: opera comiques and drama lyrique.

The programme of this new recording is shaped
Read more around rarities of the French operatic repertoire. Among these are the duet between Adam and Eve from Massenet’s Eve, a fascinating number with remarkable scoring for soprano saxophone, harp, woodwind, horns and cellos, giving the music a profoundly poetic and supremely lyrical quality. Also included is a duet from the second act of Gounod’s Polyeucte, a work that failed to gain widespread popularity due to its combination of opera and oratorio as well as its musical quality.

The title of this disc – Patrie! – is taken from an opera of the same name by the now-forgotten composer Émile Paladilhe. Cast in 5 acts and performed on a huge scale, this tale of the Flemish uprising against Spain was one of the Paris Opera’s most successful works, which continued to be staged until the 1920s, when it rapidly sank into obscurity. Heard on this disc is the supremely intense duet from the first scene of act two.

This recording features further duets by Halévy, Massenet, Gounod and Thomas, shedding light on a number of forgotten gems from French romantic opera.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• New recordings made in 2010.
• Fascinating and rare repertoire, a must-have disc for opera enthusiasts.
• Comprehensive booklet notes.
• Sung texts and biographies available at www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Charles VI: Eh! bien, puisque les morts au plaisir sont rebelles by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
2.
Henry VIII: Ô mon maître et seigneur by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
3.
Eve: Homme, tu n’es plus seul by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
4.
Polyeucte: Pauline! Dieux!...Sévère! by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
5.
Patrie: Ah! Maintenant à moi! by Emile Paladilhe
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
6.
Le caďd: Ciel! Vous chantiez à l’instant fort bien by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra
7.
Le mage: Ah! Comme ils déchirent mon coeur by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone), Hjördis Thébault (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra

Sound Samples

Charles VI: Eh! bien, puisque les morts au plaisir sont rebelles ...
Henry VIII: : O mon maitre et seigneur ...
Eve: Homme, tu n'es plus seul!
Polyeucte: Act II: Tableau 1: Pauline!
Patrie!: Ah! Maintenant a moi!
Le Caid: Ciel! Vous chantiez a l'instant fort bien ...
Le mage: Ah! Comme ils dechirent mon coeur ...

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