Monsigny: Le Déserteur

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Monsigny: Le Déserteur



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31st Aug 2010




96 minutes


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Monsigny: Le Déserteur

Libretto by Michel-Jean Sedaine (1719-1797). Edition: Editions Choudens with additional editing by Ryan Brown

William Sharp (Alexis), Dominique Labelle (Louise), Ann Monoyios (Jeannette), David Newman (Montauciel / Second), Eugene Galvin (Jean-Louis), Tony Boutté (Bertrand / First Guard ) & Darren Perry (Courchemin)

Opera Lafayette, Ryan Brown

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Monsigny and Sedaine’s brilliant opéra-comique Le Déserteur, was an immediate and lasting success for its melodic charms and musical variety, its blend of comedy with moments of great sentiment and pathos, and its intellectual radicalism prefiguring the humanitarian ideas of the 19th century Romantics.

This recording features the musical items only from this forerunner of the ‘rescue’ opera, in which the heroine Louise extricates her fiancé Alexis from prison and a death sentence.

Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny: Le Deserteur


Act I Scene 1: Ariette: Peut-on affliger ce qu'on aime? (Louise)

Act I Scene 3: J'avais egare mon fuseau (Jeannette)

Act I Scene 4: Ah! je respire (Alexis)

Act I Scene 6: Marche des Gens de la Noce

Act I Scene 6: Duo: Serait-il vrai, puis-je l'entendre? (Alexis, Jeannette)

Act I Scene 7: Recitativo Obligato: Infidele, que t'ai-je fait? (Alexis)

Act I Scene 7: Fuyons ce lieu que je deteste (Alexis, 3 Guards, Courchemin)

Act II: Entr'acte

Act II Scene 2: Mourir n'est rien (Alexis)

Act II Scene 3: Je ne deserterai jamais (Montauciel)

Act II Scene 6: Duo: O ciel, puis-je ici te voir (Alexis, Louise)

Act II Scene 8: Dans quel trouble te plonge (Louise)

Act II Scene 11: Trio Fuga: O ciel! Quoi tu vas mourir (Louise, Jean-Louis, Alexis)

Act II Scene 17: Air: Tous les hommes (Bertrand) - Air: Vive le vin (Montauciel) - Duo (Bertrand, Montauciel)

Act III: Entr'acte

Act III Scene 4: V, o, u, s, e, t, et te (Montauciel)

Act III Scene 4: Il m'eut ete si doux (Alexis)

Act III Scene 6: Le Roi passait (Courchemin, Montauciel, The Jailer)

Act III Scene 7: On s'empresse, on me regarde (Alexis)

Act III Scene 10: Adieu, chere Louise (Alexis)

Act III Scene 11: Recitativo: Ou suis-je? (Louise, Chorus, Aunt Marguerite, Jean-Louis)

Act III Scene 12: Courez, elle etait expirante (Alexis, All)

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