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Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites / Bonynge, Sutherland, Et Al

Poulenc / Sutherland / Buchanan / Begg / Bonynge
Release Date: 06/11/2002 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 2088  
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Number of Discs: 1 
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Poulenc's only full-length opera is firmly rooted in the post World War II era. Based on the historical events of the time of the French Revolution, this story of a community of Carmelite nuns who go to the guillotine rather than renounce their calling can be received in many ways. Poulenc's warmly melodic and lyrical score is wholly dramatic and gripping, and Joan Sutherland, recreating the role she sang at the opera's British premiere in 1958, sings the second prioress with commanding moderation. This production serves the inspiration of Poulenc in every important particular of style, economy and theatrical force. Richard Bonynge conducts the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra. Sung in English. Poulenc's only full-length opera is firmly rooted in the post World War II era. Based on the historical events of the time of the French Revolution, this story of a community of Carmelite nuns who go to the guillotine rather than renounce their calling can be received in many ways. Poulenc's warmly melodic and lyrical score is wholly dramatic and gripping, and Joan Sutherland, recreating the role she sang at the opera's British premiere in 1958, sings the second prioress with commanding moderation. This production serves the inspiration of Poulenc in every important particular of style, economy and theatrical force. Richard Bonynge conducts the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra. Sung in English. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Dialogues des carmélites by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1956; France 
Language: English 

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