Donizetti: Le Duc d’Albe

Opera Rara: ORC54

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Donizetti: Le Duc d’Albe

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

26th February 2016

Label:

Opera Rara

Catalogue No:

ORC54

Discs:

2

Release date:

26th Feb 2016

Barcode:

0792938005423

Length:

93 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Donizetti: Le Duc d’Albe


Angela Meade (Hélène d’Egmont), Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges), Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe), Gianluca Buratto (Daniel Brauer), David Stout (Sandoval), Trystan Llyr Griffiths (Carlos), Robin Tritschler (Balbuena), Dawid Kimberg (Un Tavernier)

Hallé & Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder

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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here, and our exclusive interview with Michael Spyres here.

Le Duc d’Albe stars the glorious American soprano Angela Meade, making her debut recording for Opera Rara. Joining Angela, and returning to Opera Rara following his astonishing performance on the label’s award-winning recording of Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, is tenor Michael Spyres, as well as Laurent Naouri, who recently sang on our recording of Gounod’s La Colombe.

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I: Prélude

Le Duc d'Albe, Act I: Prélude

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 1: ‘Espagne! Espagne! Espagne!’

Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 1: ‘Espagne! Espagne! Espagne!’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 2: ‘Par Saint-Jacques, messieurs’

Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 2: ‘Par Saint-Jacques, messieurs’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 3

‘Voyez donc cette belle’

‘C’est donc ici!!... Daniel...’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 4

‘Honneur à lui! Ce guerrier...’

‘Pourquoi dans cette foule...’

‘Au sein des mers...’

‘Du courage, du courage’

‘Cette fille noble et belle’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 5: ‘Race faible et poltronne’

Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 5: ‘Race faible et poltronne’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 6: ‘Hélène! O ciel!... Henri...’

Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 6: ‘Hélène! O ciel!... Henri...’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act I, Scene 7

‘Toi tu resteras!’

‘Punis mon audace!’

‘Je devrais te punir!’

‘Non, non, point de grâce’

‘Je suis libre et sur la terre’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 1

‘Liqueur traîtresse’

‘Ici l’on travaille’

‘Vive la bière’

‘Mais j’entends battre la retraite’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 2: ‘Es-tu seul?’

Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 2: ‘Es-tu seul?’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 3: ‘Ton ombre murmure’

Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 3: ‘Ton ombre murmure’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 4

‘Quoi! Déjà de retour?’

‘Plus bas! plus bas!’

‘Vous exposer encore!’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 5

‘Comment dans ma reconnaissance’

'Ah! Oui, longtemps en silence’

‘Malheureuse et proscrite...’

‘Noble martyr de la patrie’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 6

‘Les derniers feux...’

‘Amis! L’heure d’agir...’

‘Marchons...’

‘Liberté... chérie!’

‘Ciel!’

Gaetano Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe, Act II, Scene 7

‘Liqueur traîtresse’

‘Maître Daniel est seul...’

‘Nous n’avons qu’un roi...’

‘Oui, bravons le tyran...’

‘O ciel, O surprise’

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

26th February 2016

“the score’s so involving and appealing, and the performance so gripping that I won’t pretend I wasn’t dreaming of what Donizetti might have done with dramatic denouement...With a big, bright, mettlesome instrument that easily encompasses the role’s wide range, American soprano Angela Meade is formidable as Hélène...it’s hard not to be knocked sideways by the sheer vocal charisma of Michael Spyres.”

Financial Times

26th February 2016

****

“Imaginative casting brings together authoritative soprano Angela Meade, stylish tenor Michael Spyres and elegant French baritone Laurent Naouri. Mark Elder conducts a cultivated performance with the Hallé.”

The Guardian

3rd March 2016

****

“under Mark Elder’s propulsive baton, the highlights keep coming...Spyres’s clarion tenor shines throughout as Henri. Angela Meade’s soprano is squally in Hélène’s act one rabble-rousing, but commanding in all the right ways in act two, and Laurent Naouri and David Stout are excellent as the Duke and his snarling henchman.”

Sunday Times

6th March 2016

“Certainly, this recording is worth hearing, above all for the thrilling male leads. Is there a better tenor today than Michael Spyres? He makes Henri’s fiendish music sound easy. Laurent Naouri as the Duke and Gianluca Buratto as the Flemish leader, Brauer, are superb, too.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2016

“Opera Rara has decided here only to record what is largely Donizetti’s own music, which means just the first two acts…so what we have is but a torso, tantalising and inevitably positing several major what-ifs. And it’s all the more tantalising since the first two acts are dispatched with all the style and élan we’ve come to expect from Mark Elder in this music, here with the Hallé. He brings conviction, stylistic nous and a wonderful airy clarity to the score.”

Opera

May 2016

“Elder's complete command of Donizettian atmosphere...and pacing...makes it clear that the essential grand opera conflict...stimulated the composer to even greater directness and iommediacy...than are apparent at the start of Les Martyrs...[Spyres] produces a peerless combination of eloquent French utterance. fearless musicianship and unfailingly beautiful tone.”

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