Honegger & Ibert: L'Aiglon / Nagano

Release Date: 3/4/2016
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B002461002
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Number of Discs: 2

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L'Aiglon (“The Eaglet”) is a charming operetta in five acts with music composed by both Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert. The libretto by Henri Cain was based on Edmond Rostand's 1900 play, L'Aiglon, about the life of Napoleon II. It was first performed at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo on 11 March 1937.

This release, the first in a new multi-album contract, revives the historic partnership between Decca and the Montreal Symphony with the orchestra’s new principal conductor Kent Nagano and in its new home, the Maison symphonique de Montréal. This is the first recording of the complete operetta, and was made at the North American premiere in March of 2015. The music is sung is by an entirely French or French-speaking cast.
Works on This Recording
1. L'Aiglon, Act I by Jacques Ibert
Performer: Pascal Charbonneau (Tenor), Hélène Guilmette (Soprano), Marc Barrard (Baritone), Philippe Sly (Baritone), Isaiah Bell (Tenor), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Soprano), Etienne Dupuis (Baritone), Tyler Duncan (Baritone), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ;
2. L'Aiglon, Acts II-IV by Arthur Honegger
Performer: Marc Barrard (Baritone), Kimy McLaren (Soprano), Hélène Guilmette (Soprano), Julie Boulianne (Mezzo Soprano), Pascal Charbonneau (Tenor), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Soprano), Tyler Duncan (Baritone), Etienne Dupuis (Baritone), Philippe Sly (Baritone), Isaiah Bell (Tenor), Jean-Michel Richer (Tenor)
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ;
3. L'Aiglon, Act V by Jacques Ibert
Performer: Pascal Charbonneau (Tenor), Hélène Guilmette (Soprano), Etienne Dupuis (Baritone), Tyler Duncan (Baritone), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ;
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