Godard - Dante (CD + book) | Bru Zane ES10298RSK

Godard - Dante (CD + book)

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Label: Bru Zane

Cat No: ES10298RSK

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 20th October 2017

Contents

Artists

Edgaras Montvidas
Veronique Gens
Jean-Francois Lapointe
Rachel Frenkel
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Ulf Schirmer

Works

Godard, Benjamin

Dante (drame lyrique in 4 acts)

Artists

Edgaras Montvidas
Veronique Gens
Jean-Francois Lapointe
Rachel Frenkel
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Ulf Schirmer

About

Dante Alighieri, born in Florence in 1265, was at once a poet and an important political figure of his time. His celebrated Divine Comedy relates his supposed descent to Hell and slow ascent to Paradise. Godard’s operatic treatment of his life (1890) skilfully juxtaposes the political milieu – crowd scenes in Florence and the quarrel between Guelfs and Ghibellines – with the expression of the courtly love he feels for Beatrice, betrothed to his friend Bardi.

The most remarkable element of the opera is the integration of a ‘Vision’ that is nothing less than a synthesis of the Divine Comedy set to music. Its third act is built around a fantasy ‘Hell’ and ‘Paradise’, featuring an Apparition of Virgil, Chorus of the Damned, Infernal Whirlwind, Divine Radiance and Apotheosis of Beatrice.

Godard is here at the peak of his melodic inspiration and compositional mastery, in a style that brings Gounod up
to date and need not fear comparison with Massenet.

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