Smyth - Fete Galante; Lehmann - The Happy Prince | Retrospect Opera RO007

Smyth - Fete Galante; Lehmann - The Happy Prince

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Label: Retrospect Opera

Cat No: RO007

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 15th November 2019

Contents

Artists

Charmian Bedford (soprano)
Carolyn Dobbin (mezzo-soprano)
Felix Kemp (baritone)
Simon Wallfisch (baritone)
Mark Milhofer (tenor)
Alessandro Fisher (tenor)
Felicity Lott (reciter)
Valerie Langfield (piano)
Lontano Ensemble

Conductor

Odaline de la Martinez

Works

Lehmann, Liza

The Happy Prince

Smyth, Ethel

Fete galante

Artists

Charmian Bedford (soprano)
Carolyn Dobbin (mezzo-soprano)
Felix Kemp (baritone)
Simon Wallfisch (baritone)
Mark Milhofer (tenor)
Alessandro Fisher (tenor)
Felicity Lott (reciter)
Valerie Langfield (piano)
Lontano Ensemble

Conductor

Odaline de la Martinez

About

This album brings together, for the first time, music by two of Britain’s leading female composers of the early twentieth century: Ethel Smyth and Liza Lehmann.

Smyth described her beautiful one-act opera of 1923, Fête Galante, as ‘A Dance-Dream’. It is a romantic evocation of the traditional commedia dell’arte – the world of Harlequin, Pierrot and Columbine. In an idyllic Watteau-esque garden, we find love, jealousy, deception and danger as life mysteriously mimics art. Will Pierrot identify the Queen’s lover, or must he pay the ultimate price for silence?

Lehmann’s dramatic ‘recitation’, or melodrama, of 1908, The Happy Prince, is a musical retelling of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated story of self-sacrifice and redemption. Composed for reciter and pianist, this recording of Lehmann’s charming musical melodrama is an excellent insight into the rarely explored world of a form once extremely popular.

Special feature:
Historic recordings of excerpts from Fête Galante, The Boatswain’s Mate, and Entente Cordiale performed by The Light Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.

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