Herold - Le Pre aux clercs | Bru Zane ES1025RSK

Herold - Le Pre aux clercs

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Label: Bru Zane

Cat No: ES1025RSK

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 18th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Marie-Eve Munger
Marie Lenormand
Jeanne Crousaud
Michael Spyres
Eric Huchet
Christian Helmer
Coro e Orquestra Gulbenkian

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

Works

Herold, Ferdinand

Le Pre aux clercs

Artists

Marie-Eve Munger
Marie Lenormand
Jeanne Crousaud
Michael Spyres
Eric Huchet
Christian Helmer
Coro e Orquestra Gulbenkian

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

About

With Le Pré aux clercs, premiered at the Opéra-Comique in 1832, Louis-Ferdinand Hérold wrote at once his biggest success and his last opera (he died three weeks after the first performance). From the Overture to the Act III finale, the simplicity of the vocal lines, the impact of the dramatic effects and the effectiveness of the choral writing testify to the flowering of Romanticism and the composer’s assimilation of Rossini, then the paragon of modernity. Following the July Revolution of 1830, it was time to exorcise unfortunate memories: as was its habit, the Paris operatic world did not treat the topic of politics directly but through the fratricidal conflict that began on St Bartholomew’s Day (25 August 1572). The basis for the libretto was a novel by Prosper Mérimée published in 1829, Chronique du règne de Charles IX. The immense success of the opera, virtually contemporary with Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, shows that it was perfectly in tune with the preoccupations of the time – and with the new ambitions of a supposedly ‘light’ genre...

Reviews

Hérold’s effervescent music is performed with tremendous charm by Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. ... Ensembles fizz and it’s a joy to hear the mostly francophone cast in acres of dialogue. As always with Palazzetto Bru Zane, the discs are encased in a lavish hardback book, containing the libretto (bravo to any English translation including the exclamations ‘Gadzooks!’ and ‘Egad!’), a synopsis and a series of essays in both French and English. Chapeau!  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone January 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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