Gretry - Guillaume Tell | Musique en Wallonie MEW1370

Gretry - Guillaume Tell

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Label: Musique en Wallonie

Cat No: MEW1370

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 19th May 2014

Contents

Artists

Anne-Catherine Gillet
Marc Laho
Lionel Lhote
Liesbeth Devos
Natacha Kowalski
Patrick Delcour
Stefan Cifolelli
Roger Joakim
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera Royal de Wallonie

Conductor

Claudio Scimone

Works

Gretry, Andre

Guillaume Tell

Artists

Anne-Catherine Gillet
Marc Laho
Lionel Lhote
Liesbeth Devos
Natacha Kowalski
Patrick Delcour
Stefan Cifolelli
Roger Joakim
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera Royal de Wallonie

Conductor

Claudio Scimone

About

The première of Guillaume Tell by Grétry took place shortly after the French Revolution of 1789. The theme of a people in revolt against a repressive regime (in the original play, the Habsbourgs) will, therefore, have struck a chord with the Parisian audience at the time. But it was still necessary to transpose this icon into a comic opera.

In this opera, Grétry has highlighted the charms of harmony, melody and sparkling originality. A sweeping, profound style distinguishes its two finales, its situational arias and, above all, its overture, in which he has managed to introduce the remarkable tune called the 'Ranz des Vaches'.

William Tell, the founding myth of Swiss freedom, is familiar to everyone: sentenced to prove his skill because he had refused to salute a bailiff's hat, the hero must pierce an apple placed on his son's head.

Cast:
- Anne-Catherine Gillet: Madame Tell
- Marc Laho: Guillaume Tell
- Lionel Lhote: Gessler
- Liesbeth Devos: Marie
- Natacha Kowalski: Le fils Tell
- Patrick Delcour: Melktal
- Stefan Cifolelli: Le fils Melktal
- Roger Joakim: Le voyageur

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