Gounod - Le Tribut de Zamora (CD + Book) | Bru Zane BZ1033

Gounod - Le Tribut de Zamora (CD + Book)

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Label: Bru Zane

Cat No: BZ1033

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 7th September 2018

Contents

Artists

Jennifer Holloway
Judith van Wanroij
Edgaras Montvidas
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Herve Niquet

Works

Gounod, Charles

Le Tribut de Zamora

Artists

Jennifer Holloway
Judith van Wanroij
Edgaras Montvidas
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Herve Niquet

About

After Polyeucte (1878), Gounod tackled the operatic genre for the last time in 1881 with what is probably his most ambitious work, Le Tribut de Zamora. The action takes place in ninth-century Spain – from Act Two onwards, on ‘a picturesque site on the banks of the Guadalquivir before Córdoba’. Here Gounod – finally noted more for his neoclassical pastiches (Le Médecin malgré lui and Cinq-Mars) and his ardent Romanticism (Faust and Roméo et Juliette) – was given an opportunity to display his talents as an orchestrator and colourist in an exotic setting. He produced an epic in the tradition of French grand opéra, with numerous ensembles and showpiece airs. Despite an unequivocal success on its first run, despite the stirring national anthem ‘Debout! Enfants de l’Ibérie’, Le Tribut de Zamora sank into oblivion within a few short years. We can now appreciate in this opera precisely what certain detractors complained of at the time: the fact that we meet here once again the irresistible lyricism of Faust and Roméo et Juliette.

Limited and numbered edition of 4000

Contents of the book (in FR & EN):
- Gérard Condé, L’ultime opéra de Gounod
- Gunther Braam, La réception du « Tribut de Zamora »
- Rémy Campos, Un opéra pour les yeux
- Pierre Sérié, Si proche, si lointain : l’Espagne et ses peintres au XIXe siècle

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