Once Upon a Time... | Alpha ALPHA244

Once Upon a Time...

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA244

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 19th August 2016

Contents

Works

Chausson, Ernest

Piano Quartet in A major, op.30
» II Lent

Isouard, Nicolas

Cendrillon
» Ah quel plaisir! Ah quel beau jour!

Massenet, Jules

Cendrillon (Cinderella)
» Toi qui m'es apparue

Offenbach, Jacques

La Fille du Tambour Major
» Examinez bien ma figure
Le Voyage dans la Lune
» Je suis nerveuse, je suis fievreuse
» Mon dieu! Qu'ai-je ressenti la? - La pomme, c'est bien bon vraiment

Rille, Laurent de

Le Petit Poucet
» L'amour? Qu'est-ce donc que l'amour?

Rossini, Gioacchino

L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)
» Sort cruel ... funeste flamme!

Schmitt, Florent

Hasards (for piano quartet), op.96
» I Exorde

Serpette, Gaston

La Demoiselle du telephone
» Je l'adorais, cet etre-la

Severac, Deodat de

Pippermint-Get

Silver, Charles

La Belle au bois dormant
» Quelle force inconnue en ce jardin m'amene?

Toulmouche, Frederic

La Saint-Valentin
» Le flirt, o passe-temps charmant

Viardot, Pauline

Cendrillon
» Je viens te rendre a l'esperance

Artists

Jodie Devos (soprano)
Caroline Meng (mezzo-soprano)
Quatuor Giardini

Works

Chausson, Ernest

Piano Quartet in A major, op.30
» II Lent

Isouard, Nicolas

Cendrillon
» Ah quel plaisir! Ah quel beau jour!

Massenet, Jules

Cendrillon (Cinderella)
» Toi qui m'es apparue

Offenbach, Jacques

La Fille du Tambour Major
» Examinez bien ma figure
Le Voyage dans la Lune
» Je suis nerveuse, je suis fievreuse
» Mon dieu! Qu'ai-je ressenti la? - La pomme, c'est bien bon vraiment

Rille, Laurent de

Le Petit Poucet
» L'amour? Qu'est-ce donc que l'amour?

Rossini, Gioacchino

L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)
» Sort cruel ... funeste flamme!

Schmitt, Florent

Hasards (for piano quartet), op.96
» I Exorde

Serpette, Gaston

La Demoiselle du telephone
» Je l'adorais, cet etre-la

Severac, Deodat de

Pippermint-Get

Silver, Charles

La Belle au bois dormant
» Quelle force inconnue en ce jardin m'amene?

Toulmouche, Frederic

La Saint-Valentin
» Le flirt, o passe-temps charmant

Viardot, Pauline

Cendrillon
» Je viens te rendre a l'esperance

Artists

Jodie Devos (soprano)
Caroline Meng (mezzo-soprano)
Quatuor Giardini

About

Romanticism replaced the element of mythological fantasy in Baroque opera with fairytale fantasy. The fairytale is omnipresent on the French stage, whether in spoken theatre, ballet or opera. It is no coincidence that Cinderella and Bluebeard so appealed to nineteenth-century composers ...

This project, initiated by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, is constructed like a ‘universal’ fairytale inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, Hop-o’-My-Thumb and others, as set to music by French composers of the Romantic era. It alternates between famous composers (Offenbach, Massenet, Chausson ... and Rossini, here sung in French) and others who are still little-known (Viardot, Silver, Serpette, De Rillé, Isouard).

Conceived by Alexandre Dratwicki and transcribed by him for piano quartet and two singers, a soprano and a mezzo, this imaginary opera is splendidly performed by Jodie Devos and Caroline Meng – who, at one point in the story, having sung a queen, dons breeches to play a prince. For her part, the soprano, who ends up as the winsome princess of Massenet and Offenbach, must first endure the torments of uncertain love.

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