Gretry - La Caravane du Caire | Ricercar RIC345

Gretry - La Caravane du Caire

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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC345

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 25th August 2014

Contents

Artists

Katia Velletaz
Jennifer Borghi
Cyrille Dubois
Julien Veronese
Tassis Christoyannis
Alain Buet
Reinoud van Mechelen
Chantal Santon
Caroline Weynants
Julie Calbete
Philippe Favette
Anicet Castel
Les Agremens
Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Conductor

Guy van Waas

Works

Gretry, Andre

La Caravane du Caire

Artists

Katia Velletaz
Jennifer Borghi
Cyrille Dubois
Julien Veronese
Tassis Christoyannis
Alain Buet
Reinoud van Mechelen
Chantal Santon
Caroline Weynants
Julie Calbete
Philippe Favette
Anicet Castel
Les Agremens
Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Conductor

Guy van Waas

About

Premiered in 1784 at the Académie Royale de Musique, where it ensured the institution’s fortune, La Caravane du Caire was one of Grétry’s most famous operas, its popularity continuing into the 19th century.

After the recording made under the direction of Marc Minkowski in 1991, Guy Van Waas proposes an energetic new version that enables us to discover a few variants in relation to the previous version. This production, realized by the Palazzetto Bru Zane of Venice, benefits from a fascinating musicological presentation by Alexandre and Benoît Dratwicki.

The libretto is typical of the oriental subjects that were so highly prized in the late 18th century. Here, the beautiful Zélime, sold as a slave to a pasha, is rescued from the seraglio thanks to the courage of her beloved Saint-Phar and the loyalty of another Frenchman, Florestan.

The work is peppered with comical situations, tender or bravura arias (including a pastiche of Italian-style coloratura) and embellished with numerous ballets, some of which contribute an original note of exoticism.

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