Mehul - Uthal (CD + Book) | Bru Zane ES10268RSK

Mehul - Uthal (CD + Book)

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Label: Bru Zane

Cat No: ES10268RSK

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 24th February 2017

Contents

Artists

Karine Deshayes
Yann Beuron
Jean-Sebastien Bou
Sebastien Droy
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
Reinoud Van Mechelen
Artavazd Sargsyan
Jacques-Greg Belobo
Les Talens Lyriques
Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Mehul, Etienne

Uthal (opera comique in one act)

Artists

Karine Deshayes
Yann Beuron
Jean-Sebastien Bou
Sebastien Droy
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
Reinoud Van Mechelen
Artavazd Sargsyan
Jacques-Greg Belobo
Les Talens Lyriques
Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

Prompted by the success of Ossian’s poetry during the First Empire, the Opéra-Comique commissioned from Méhul a short and gripping work inspired by James Macpherson’s Celtic reveries. The composer had the brilliant idea of conjuring up the mists of this Scottish fantasy world in his music by using the ‘grisaille’ sonority of an orchestra without violins. The Gothic coloration of wind instruments with divided violas, the melancholy poetry of the harp and solo horn that frequently emerge from the tutti, contrast with the choruses of warriors and the belligerent strains of Larmor and Uthal. The Hymn to Sleep, an eminently Romantic bardic song, came to be seen as one of Méhul’s finest pieces, and was sung over his grave by the Conservatoire students at his funeral in 1817.

Cast:
- Malvina: Karine Deshayes
- Uthal: Yann Beuron
- Larmor: Jean-Sébastien Bou
- Ullin_ Sébastien Droy :
- Le Chef des Bardes / Le 3ème Barde: Philippe-Nicolas Martin
- Le 1er Barde: Reinoud Van Mechelen
- Le 2ème Barde: Artavazd Sargsyan
- Le Quatrième Barde: Jacques-Greg Belobo

Reviews

Palazzetto Bru Zane’s exhumation of 19th-century operas continues with Uthal by Étienne-Nicolas Méhul, a leading composer in post-Revolution France getting renewed attention on the 200th anniversary of his death. Composed in 1806 for Paris’s Opéra Comique, it’s only an hour long, and a quarter of that is dialogue, delivered here in suitably melodramatic style by a classy Francophone cast. ... Christophe Rousset’s crisp-sounding orchestra brings the score to life, as do the gleaming soprano Karine Deshayes, tenor Yann Beuron and bass Jean-Sébastien Bou, chewing the scenery as the deposed king.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 23 February 2017

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