Alexandre Dumas et la Musique | Alpha ALPHA657

Alexandre Dumas et la Musique


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA657

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd October 2020



Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)
Marie-Laure Garnier (soprano)
Kaelig Boche (tenor)
Raphael Jouan (cello)
Alphonse Cemin (piano)


Berlioz, Hector

La Captive, op.12
La belle Isabeau, H94

Doche, Alexandre Pierre Joseph


Duparc, Henri

La Fuite

Duprez, Gilbert

Nita la gondoliere

Franck, Cesar

Le Sylphe, op.73

Godard, Benjamin

Jocelyn, op.100
» Berceuse
Te souviens-tu

Guion, Edmond

Amour, printemps - Printemps, Amour!

Liszt, Franz

Jeanne d'Arc au bucher, S293

Massenet, Jules

Soleil couchant

Messager, Andre

Le Chevalier d'Harmental
» Air de Raoul 'Ah ah, l'abbe, je l'ai mis en deroute'

Monpou, Hippolyte

» Trio 'Ah! pour votre assistance, seigneur, j'ai l'esperance'

Reber, Henri

Le Jardin

Thome, Francis

Le Jardin

Varney, Alphonse

Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge
» Le Choeur des Girondins


Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)
Marie-Laure Garnier (soprano)
Kaelig Boche (tenor)
Raphael Jouan (cello)
Alphonse Cemin (piano)


‘There are few people as susceptible to certain musical beauties as I am; the more learned and complicated the instrumentation, the less I sense it, the faster it escapes me; on the contrary, if a simple and melancholic motif appears, I feel flooded with infinite sweetness’, Alexandre Dumas once said. To mark the 150th anniversary of the great writer’s death, this album celebrates Dumas and music: ‘Despite the incompatibility of poetry and music, the origin of which lay, he felt, in the excessive proximity between the two,’ writes Claude Schopp, the eminent Dumas specialist, in the booklet that accompanies this recording, ‘Alexandre Dumas agreed to collaborate with composers, writing opera libretti for Hippolyte Monpou and Ambroise Thomas.... The list of those who borrowed verses from Dumas’s pen is a mixture of obscure and illustrious names’: Hector Berlioz, Joseph Doche, Gilbert Duprez, César Franck, Franz Liszt, Henri Reber, Francis Thomé, Alphonse Varney among them. This programme, conceived in collaboration with the Association Jeunes Talents, presents an anthology of those settings, coupled with mélodies by Jules Massenet, Henri Duparc and Benjamin Godard.

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