Halevy - La Reine de Chypre (CD + book) | Bru Zane ES10328RSK

Halevy - La Reine de Chypre (CD + book)

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Label: Bru Zane

Cat No: ES10328RSK

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 22nd June 2018

Contents

Artists

Veronique Gens
Cyrille Dubois
Etienne Dupuy
Eric Huchet
Christophorus Stamboglis
Artavazd Sargsyan
Tomislav Lavoie
Flemish Radio Choir
Orchestre de chambre de Paris

Conductor

Herve Niquet

Works

Halevy, Fromenthal (Jacques)

La Reine de Chypre

Artists

Veronique Gens
Cyrille Dubois
Etienne Dupuy
Eric Huchet
Christophorus Stamboglis
Artavazd Sargsyan
Tomislav Lavoie
Flemish Radio Choir
Orchestre de chambre de Paris

Conductor

Herve Niquet

About

Berlioz wrote of Halévy’s La Reine de Chypre (1841): ‘Its success will at least equal that of La Juive.’ And Wagner added: ‘It is in La Reine de Chypre that Halévy’s new style has appeared with the most brilliance and success.’ So several voices – and those by no means insignificant – have declared this work,written six years after La Juive, to be its composer’s masterpiece. Premiered on 22 December 1841, Halévy’s opera offered the limelight to Rosine Stoltz in the title role: she was the only woman in the cast, for it had been found preferable to isolate her, following her incessant disputes with the other female singers in the company. Alongside her, the tenor Gilbert Duprez shone in the role of Gérard. The story takes the spectator on a voyage from the palaces of Venice to those of Cyprus. But despite an initial success confirmed by several translations and adaptations that appeared shortly after the first run (notably Lachner’s Caterina Cornaro in 1841 and Donizetti’s in 1843), the work gradually vanished from European opera houses.

Cast:
- Caterina Cornaro: Véronique Gens
- Gérard de Coucy: Cyrille Dubois
- Jacques de Lusignan: Étienne Dupuy
- Mocénigo: Éric Huchet
- Andréa Cornaro: Christophoros Stamboglis
- Strozzi: Artavazd Sargsyan
- Un Officier / Un Héraut d’armes: Tomislav Lavoie

Contents of the book (in FR & EN):
- Diana R. Hallmann, Terreur vénitienne, héroïsme français et amours impossibles
- Gérard Condé, Parcours de l’oeuvre
- Richard Wagner, Halévy et ‘La Reine de Chypre’
- José Pons, Rosine Stoltz à l’Académie royale de musique
- Volker Tosta, Un nouvelle édition de ‘La Reine de Chypre’

Reviews

The Palazzetto Bru Zane has done Halévy’s reputation an enormous service by presenting this splendidly cast recording in a new edition painstakingly assembled by Volker Tosta. ... And what a score! It has almost everything you could wish for: heartfelt airs, passionate duets, powerful ensembles, subtle orchestration. ... Chorus, orchestra and Hervé Niquet’s conducting are exemplary. An absolutely thrilling recording.  Richard Lawrence
Gramophone September 2018
I’m plumping for this grand opéra from 1841, superbly performed by Niquet and his forces, with magnificent singing from Véronique Gens and Cyrille Dubois.  Richard Lawrence (Critics’ Choice)
Gramophone December 2018

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