Gretry: Le Magnifique

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Gretry: Le Magnifique



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29th Oct 2012




79 minutes


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Gretry: Le Magnifique

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Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor), Elizabeth Calleo (soprano), Marguerite Krull (soprano), Jeffrey Thompson (tenor), Karim Sulayman (tenor), Douglas Williams (bass-baritone) & Randall Scarlata (baritone)

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André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry was the greatest French composer of opéra-comique in the eighteenth century. His librettist for Le Magnifique, Jean-Michel Sedaine, took a tale by La Fontaine and fashioned it into a compelling libretto. Grétry responded with an outstanding score, including one of the first programmatic overtures in musical history. His expressive love music, and extended preludes and postludes, add to the theatrical variety of this important and varied opera.

Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry: Le magnifique


Act I Scene 1: Marche: Andante

Act I Scene 1: Tempo giusto

Act I Scene 1: Marche

Act I Scene 1: Duo: C'est lui (Alix, Clementine)

Act I Scene 2: Ariette: Pourquoi donc ce Magnifique (Clementine)

Act I Scene 4: Duo: Ma chere enfant (Aldobrandin, Clementine)

Act I Scene 6: Ariette: Ah, c'est un superbe cheval (Fabio)

Act I Scene 7: Trio: Vous m'etonnez, vous badinez (Aldobrandin, Le Magnifique, Fabio)

Act II Scene 3: Ariette: Ah! Si jamais je cours les mers (Laurence)

Act II Scene 6: Duo: Je ne sais pourquoi je pleure (Clementine, Alix)

Act II Scene 10: Ariette: Quelle contrainte! (Clementine)

Act II Scene 11: Trio: Clementine, mettez-vous la (Aldobrandin, Le Magnifique, Fabio)

Act II: Entracte (la fanfare des Courses)

Act III Scene 1: Ariette: Ah! Que je me sens coupable! (Clementine)

Act III Scene 4: Duo: Te voila donc (Alix, Laurence)

Act III Scene 6: Ariette: O ciel! Quel air de courroux! (Alix)

Act III Scene 8: Ariette: Jour heureux! (Clementine)

Act III Scene 13: Finale: Ne me bats pas (Fabio, Laurence, Horace, Aldobrandin, Le Magnifique, Clementine, Alix)

MusicWeb International

April 2013

“As you would expect from this composer, the music is unfailingly well made and elegant, but at times it goes much further than that...The performance is admirably stylish, with singers and orchestra all fully attuned to the French style of this period.”

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