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Lalo: Le Roi D'ys / Davin, Piunti, Girard, Martin-bonnet, Opera Royal De Wallonie

Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 592  
Composer:  Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Leonard GrausEric Martin-BonnetWerner Van MechelenGuylaine Girard,   ... 
Conductor:  Patrick Davin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre De L’Opéra Royal De WallonieChorus De L'Opéra Royal De Wallonie
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Le Roi d'Ys is based on an ancient Breton legend even the choice of a subject based on legend illustrates the ideological link between Lalo's opera and the Wagnerianism so prevalent throughout Europe at the time. Lalo furthermore made use of various elements of popular music inspired by Breton folklore that give the entire score a special character and flavour. Another link to Wagner lies in his use of leitmotifs associated with each of the principal characters (Rozenn, Karnac, and Margared), though Lalo is quite prudent in his use of these. Even so, Le Roi d'Ys certainly remains a profoundly and decidedly French opera in all of its main features. Blau's libretto has the virtue of being "simple, clear, uncluttered by historical Read more complications, easy to understand, and sufficiently rich in dramatic strands", in the words of Lalo's first biographer Georges Servieres in his brief though pithy monograph on the composer.

R E V I E W S:

- Patrick Davin, musical director of the Opera de Lie?ge (2008), gives a dramatic and fascinating reading, underlining the romantic aspects and dark colours (wonderful the cellos!) of this rich work. At the same time, he never loses sight of the soloists, whom he accompanies with sensitivity and care. Andreas Laska - Resmusica.com

- From the point of view of the cast, the listener will not be disappointed: the singers, who pronounce French correctly (an invaluable luxury in this type of repertoire), bring great vitality to the work. If the excellent Belgian bass-baritone Werner van Mechelen (Karnac) is a definite asset, also the rest of the cast merits an appause, in particular Giuseppina Piunti (Margared), at ease in the register of her role Sebastien Gueze (Mylio), with his attractive tenor voice Canadian soprano Guylaine Girard in the role of Rozenn and Eric Martin-Bonnet, who interprets a Roi d'Ys with great stage presence. Sebastien Foucart - Concerto.net
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Works on This Recording

Le Roi d'Ys by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Leonard Graus (Bass Baritone), Eric Martin-Bonnet (Bass), Werner Van Mechelen (Baritone),
Guylaine Girard (Soprano), Giuseppina Piunti (Soprano), Sébastien Gučze (Tenor),
Marc Tissons (Baritone)
Conductor:  Patrick Davin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre De L’Opéra Royal De Wallonie,  Chorus De L'Opéra Royal De Wallonie
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1888; France 

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