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François Feroletto (Le Commissaire du peuple), Anne-Sophie Schmidt (Catherine) & Christophe Einhorn (Pierre le Grand)
Orchestre de Chambre Oliver Opdebeeck & Choeurs de Chambre de Namur, Jean-Marie Marchal
Opera under the direction of Pierre Jordan from the Theatre Imperial de Compiegne.
A comic opera in three acts, first performed in Paris in 1790.
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Recorded at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, 10 November 2009
Magali Léger (Léonore), Claire Debono (Isabelle), Maryline Fallot (Jacinte), Frédéric Antoun (Florival), Brad Cooper (Don Alonze) & Vincent Billier (Don Lopez)
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer (conductor) & Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau (director)
In Grétry’s L’Amant jaloux, the aesthetic of Enlightenment France is revived in a libretto full of wit and subtlety and a remarkable melodic score whose dramatic movement recalls Mozart, who was staying in Paris at the time. The Queen’s music director writes a masterpiece of the genre, a model of demi-caractère that balances comedy and sentiment. L’Amant jaloux was included in the repertoire of many European theatres and confirmed Grétry as the greatest Franch composer of his time. The most famous arias in the opera include O douce nuit, the tenor serenade Tandis que tout sommeille (recorded by Roberto Alagna, amongst others) and the coloratura display piece Je romps l a chaîne qui m'engage. The composer admitted the last named aria had no dramatic function, but he wanted to give his soprano star Marie-Jeanne Trial a chance to shine.The musicologist David Charlton claims Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte knew Grétry's opera and were influenced by its ensembles when they wrote The Marriage of Figaro.
1DVD NTSC 1h 20
16/9, colour, all zones
Language: Fr, subtitles Fr, Eng, Spanish, Ger
“this pleasingly unpretentious production, filmed in the Opera Royal Versailles, offer 80 minutes' modest entertainment. The Louis XVI costumes and sets are stylish and unfussy. There is skilled and spirited playing from the period orchestra under Jeremie Rhorer. And while there are no outstanding voices amongst the youthful cast, all the singers point their words wittily” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011
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La Petite Musique de Marie-Antoinette
Arias & Symphonies By Gossec and Grétry
Sophie Karthäuser (soprano) & Pierre-Yves Pruvot (baritone)
Les Agrémens, Guy van Waas
Subtitles, Languages: Fr, Eng
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Comic Opera in Two Acts
Nikolai Dorozhkin, Anna Grechishkina, Mikhail Davydov
Chorus and Orchestra of the Helikon Opera, Sergey Stadler
Recording Date: 2002
Place of recording: From the Helikon Opera Moskow
Running Time: 146 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digital (Stereo), Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB
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