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The composer we now know as Giacomo Meyerbeer was born Jakob Liebmann Beer in Berlin in 1796. After receiving a sizable legacy from a relative named Meyer, he converted his name to Meyerbeer. Wildly prolific, Meyerbeer was originally a Rossini disciple and wrote six Italian operas before shifting his attention elsewhere. Meyerbeer moved to Paris, absorbed French culture and became one of the great composers of French grand opera. His operas 'Robert le Diable' and 'Les Huguenots' set the standard for the large-scale French five act opera, a form much maligned by Richard Wagner.
Meyerbeer's operas are grandiose and only work when a first rate cast is assembled. This live recording of 'Le Prophète' is taken from a 1970 Turin performance and
delivers the goods with a golden age cast that includes tenor Nicolai Gedda, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne and soprano Margherita Rinaldi. Gedda is superb in the title role and sings with elegance and, when needed, heroic power. Horne is at her vocal peak, singing with melting tenderness and dramatic savvy. Conductor Henry Lewis captures all the grandeur of the work, especially in the famous Coronation March, Meyerbeer's most famous work. Read less
Works on This Recording
Le Prophète by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Margherita Rinaldi (Soprano),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Robert Amis El Hage (Bass),
Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass),
Boris Carmeli (Bass),
Fritz Peter (Tenor)
Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,
Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Written: 1849; Germany
Date of Recording: 07/11/1970
Venue: Live RAI Studios, Turin, Italy
Length: 201 Minutes 41 Secs.
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: La brise est muette
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Mon coeur s'elance et palpite
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Fides, ma bonne mere
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Ad nos, ad salutarem
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: O roi des cieux, c'est ta victoire
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Le Comte d'Oberthal... Un jour dans le flots...
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Eh quoi? Tant de candeur... O nouvelle infamie!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Valsons toujours!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Ami, quel nuage... Sous les vastes arceaux d'un temple
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Pour Berthe moi je soupire
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Ah, Berthe, ma bien-amiee
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Ah! Mon fils, sois beni!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: O fureur!... Oui, c'est Dieu qui t'appelle
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Et la vengeance, et l'esperance!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Du sang! Du sang!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: aussi nombreaux que les etoiles
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Voice la fin du jour.... Voice les fermieres
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: [Ballet]
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Livrez-vous au repos, freres
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Que marche la?... Sous votre banniere
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Pour prendre Munster l'invincible
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Qu'on le mene au supplice!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Par toi Munster nous fut promis
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Qui vous a sans mon ordre
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Eternal, Dieu saveur... Ecoutez! Ecoutez!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Grand prophete... Roi du Ciel et des anges!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Courbons notre tete! Craignons les mechants!
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Donnez, donnez pour une pauvre ame
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Un pauvre pelerin!... Pour garder a ton fils
Meyerbeer: Le prophete: Dernier espoir, lueur derniere
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
great singing. bad burn May 23, 2015
By Gregory Lorenz (New York, NY) See All My Reviews
"I have heard excerpts for this recording over the years and desired it greatly. The singing by Horne and Gedda is what any young singer should model. Unfortunately, Arkiv didn't take the same care in burning the CD and the there are skips throughout the recording."
Bel Canto fan July 14, 2012
By Perry S. (New Plymouth, -) See All My Reviews
"Opera D'oro recordings range from good to very poor and fortunately, this opera is one of their good ones.
From Torino in 1970, the age is not obvious in the music and voices. The sound is good.
Marilyn Horne and Nicolai Gedda are both in good voice and the rest of the cast are perfectly satisfactory, without being star quality.
It is not an opera which I knew and there is little choice, so this has been a fortunate bargain and as such is to be recommended.