Saint-Saëns: Proserpine

Ediciones Singulares: ES1027

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Saint-Saëns: Proserpine

Catalogue No:

ES1027

Discs:

2

Release date:

19th May 2017

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9788461772131

Length:

94 minutes

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2 CDs + Book (download also available)

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Saint-Saëns: Proserpine


Book Contents:

• Marie-Gabrielle Soret, From genesis to reception

• Gérard Condé, A look through the score

• Camille Saint-Saëns, A few remarks on Proserpine

• Hugh J. Macdonald, Proserpine, Goddess of the Underworld

• Synopsis

• Libretto

• Cast – Tracklist


Véronique Gens (Proserpine), Marie-Adeline Henry (Angiola), Frédéric Antoun (Sabatino), Andrew Foster-Williams (Squarocca), Jean Teitgen (Renzo)

Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Flemish Radio Choir, Ulf Schirmer

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Read our exclusive interview with Véronique Gens about the recording here.

The protagonist of Saint-Saëns’ Proserpine, premiered at the Opéra-Comique on 14 March 1887, is no reincarnation of the ancient goddess, but a Renaissance courtesan well versed in culpable amours. According to the composer, she is ‘a damned soul for whom true love is a forbidden fruit; as soon as she approaches it, she experiences torture’. Yet for all the innocence of her rival Angiola, the unexpected happens: ‘It is the bloodthirsty beast that is admirable; the sweet creature is no more than pretty and likeable.’ Visibly enraptured by this delight in horror, Saint-Saëns indulges in unprecedented orchestral modernity, piling on the dissonances beneath his characters’ cries of rage or despair. He concluded thus: ‘Proserpine is, of all my stage works, the most advanced in the Wagnerian system.’ The least-known, too, and one which it was high time to reveal to the public, in its second version, revised in 1899.

Camille Saint-Saëns: Proserpine, R. 292, Act I

Act I: Prélude

Act I: Qu'elle est infernale et divine (Proserpine, Orlando, Filippo, Ercole, Courtisans)

Act I: Duet: Voyez-les tous, navrés de trop d'indifférence! (Proserpine, Orlando, Ercole)

Act I: Duet: Je t'en supplie (Sabatino, Renzo)

Act I: Air de Sabatino: Pourquoi me demander cette épreuve insensée? (Sabatino, Renzo)

Act I: Enfin! Sabatino! (Proserpine, Sabatino, Renzo, Orlando, Filippo, Ercole)

Act I: Pavane: Va; c'est fort à propos qu'elle les congédie! (Proserpine, Renzo)

Act I: Arioso: Amour vrai, source pure où j'aurais voulu boire (Proserpine)

Act I: Duo: Proserpine! (Proserpine, Sabatino)

Act I: Il n'a pas compris! (Proserpine, Gil, Squarocca)

Act I: Que préféreriez-vous (Proserpine, Squarocca)

Act I: Finale: Proserpine nous délaisse! (Proserpine, Squarocca, Orlando, Filippo, Ercole, Courtisans)

Proserpine, R. 292, Act II

Act II: Prélude - Ave Maria (Female Chorus)

Act II: Un cavalier à la moustache noire (Angiola, Une Religieuse, Trois Novices, Trois Jeunes Filles)

Act II: Bonjour, petite sœur! (Angiola, Renzo)

Act II: Air de Sabatino: Comment dire bien ce que je veux dire (Angiola, Sabatino, Renzo)

Act II: Trio: Allez, ô vous que j'aime! (Angiola, Sabatino, Renzo)

Act II: Finale: Approchez et prenez, chacun à votre tour (Angiola, Sabatino, Squarocca, Renzo, Pélerins, Foule)

Proserpine, R. 292, Act III

Act III: Tarentelle

Act III: Qui va là? Squarocca! (Squarocca, Chorus)

Act III: Approchez, ma beauté; nous sommes seuls maîtres (Proserpine, Squarocca)

Act III: Air de Proserpine: Pourquoi suis-je venue... et que puis-je espérer? (Proserpine, Squarocca)

Act III: Chanson de Squarocca: Là! Chantons maintenant la chanson des ivrognes (Squarocca)

Act III: Elle est belle, la misérable! (Angiola, Proserpine, Squarocca, Renzo)

Act III: Duet: Votre main! (Angiola, Proserpine, Squarocca)

Proserpine, R. 292, Act IV

Act IV: Entracte

Act IV: Air: Puis-je croire que c'est bien vrai (Sabatino)

Act IV: Duo: Vous ici! (Proserpine, Sabatino)

Act IV: Trio et finale: Vos menaces, madame... (Angiola, Proserpine, Sabatino, Renzo)

BBC Music Magazine

September 2017

****

“Frédéric Antoun is a bright, not exactly nuanced Sabatino and Jean Teitgen a warm and sympathetic Renzo, but the main prize goes to Véronique Gens for her utterly superb singing of the title role”

Classical Music

June 2017

*****

“If Gens is marvellous as the tortured Proserpine, it's Henry who makes an even bigger impression as her innocent rival Angiola...Schirmer conducts with authority and panache, making the most of a fascinating score.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2017

“The cast is led by Véronique Gens in the title-role, her ever-expressive colouring of text superb, from scornful and haughty courtesan to desperate lover…Frédéric Antoun is a stylish Sabatino…Andrew Foster-Williams’s biting baritone makes for a splendid Squarocca…The Munich Radio Orchestra impress, particularly in the pulsating entr'acte depicting Proserpine’s flight back to Florence.”

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