Saint-Saens - Les Barbares | Ediciones Singulares ES1017

Saint-Saens - Les Barbares

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Label: Ediciones Singulares

Cat No: ES1017

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 17th November 2014

Contents

Artists

Catherine Hunold
Julia Gertseva
Edgaras Montvidas
Jean Teitgen
Shawn Mathey
Philippe Rouillon
Tigran Guiragosyan
Laurent Pouliaude
Ghezlane Hanzazi
Choeur Lyrique et Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Etienne Loire

Conductor

Laurent Campellone

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Les Barbares

Artists

Catherine Hunold
Julia Gertseva
Edgaras Montvidas
Jean Teitgen
Shawn Mathey
Philippe Rouillon
Tigran Guiragosyan
Laurent Pouliaude
Ghezlane Hanzazi
Choeur Lyrique et Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Etienne Loire

Conductor

Laurent Campellone

About

Les Barbares was premièred at the Paris Opéra (Palais Garnier) in October 1901, having originally been intended for the Roman theatre of Orange, in Provence.

Rather than concentrating on bloodshed and slaughter, the plot focuses on the evolution of the relationship between Floria, the chief vestal, and Marcomir, the leader of the Barbarians, with the musical interest of the opera culminating furthermore in their splendid duet at the end of Act II.

Saint-Saëns, like Massenet too at that time, shows here his ability to adapt his style to suit his literary inspiration. Les Barbares is in the same vein as Berlioz’s 'Les Troyens' and contemporary with Fauré’s 'Pénélope'.

The composer does not hesitate to call the work a 'tragédie lyrique', since it has features of that eighteenth-century genre. We also note an allusion to the 1870 Franco-Prussian war.

Cast:
- Catherine Hunold: Floria
- Julia Gertseva: Livie
- Edgaras Montvidas: Marcomir
- Jean Teitgen: Le Récitant / Scaurus
- Shawn Mathey: Le Veilleur
- Philippe Rouillon: Hildibrath / Le Grand Sacrificateur
- Tigran Guiragosyan: Premier Habitant
- Laurent Pouliaude: Second Habitant
- Ghezlane Hanzazi: Une Femme

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