Notes and Editorial Reviews
Chabrier’s extraordinary, if incomplete, opera is surely a precursor to Salome and approaches even that most lurid work in the gloriously opulent sensuality of its music. Performed at the Edinburgh Festival by some of the greatest singers of the day and recorded live by Hyperion, this thrilling performance stunned critics and public alike. A genuinely wonderful discovery.
'A highlight of last year's Edinburgh Festival ... a memorable experience ... gorgeous ... an extraordinarily voluptuous and erotic affair. Joan Rodgers sings ravishingly ... Ossonce brings this exciting rarity to throbbing life' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'For those who heard Chabrier's incomplete magnum opus at last year's Festival this recording
will need no recommendation... Fabulously rewarding' (The Scotsman)
'Laurels for whoever's idea it was to capture this Edinburgh Festival concert on CD, to cast and record it so well, and to package it so excellently. French opera buffs should rush to buy it' (The Musical Times)
'The most opulent discographic discovery of the decade' (Fanfare, USA)
'Sumptuous, colorful, sensuous, passionate, it was an astonishing achievement, and, for listeners, a rare discovery' (Fanfare, USA)
Works on This Recording
Briséïs, ou Les amants de Corinthe by Emmanuel Chabrier
Kathryn Harries (Mezzo Soprano),
Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Simon Keenlyside (Baritone),
Joan Rodgers (Soprano),
Michael George (Bass)
Jean Yves Ossonce
Scottish Opera Chorus,
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1888-1891; France
Date of Recording: 08/18/1994
Venue: Live Edinburgh, Scotland
Length: 74 Minutes 28 Secs.
Featured Sound Samples
Briséïs: Scene 2, No 8: "Demain ce sera la journée"
Scene 4, No 9: "Mon Dieu, pardonnez-leur"
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