Pierné - Sophie Arnould

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Pierné - Sophie Arnould




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3rd Nov 2008




69 minutes


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Pierné - Sophie Arnould

Pierné, G:

Sophie Arnould (Opera in one act)

world premiere recording

Ballet de cour

Sophie Marin-Degor (Sophie Arnould), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Dorval) & Doris Lamprecht (Babet)

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Nicolas Chalvin



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French composer Gabriel Pierné distinguished himself in all genres, including of course Opera. He thus completed a light opera in one act in 1926 Sophie Arnould, based on the text of the play in verse by his friend Gabriel Nigond. Sophie Arnould was probably the most famous and adulated prima donna of the second half of the 18th Century, a great performer of the works of Rameau and Gluck. Magnificently well written for the voice, this work moreover shows a rare virtuosity by the orchestra, the latter displaying a subtlety that is very 18th Century.

Gabriel Pierne: Sophie Arnould


Scene 1: Les dix ecus que tu reclames (Sophie, Babet)

Scene 2: Trop impitoyable destin! (Sophie)

Scene 3: C'est un enfant, c'est un enfant (Sophie, Dorval)

Scene 4: Connais-tu cet homme-la? (Sophie, Dorval, Babet)

Scene 5: Comme autrefois! (Sophie, Dorval)

Scene 6: He! Vous ne mangez guere, il parait! (Sophie, Dorval, Babet)

Scene 7: Mangez! (Sophie, Dorval)

Scene 8: Babet! Babet! (Sophie, Dorval, Babet)

Scene 9: Parti! (Sophie)

Gabriel Pierne: Ballet de cour

I. Rigaudon

II. Passepied

III. La Canarie

IV. Pavane et Saltarelle

V. Menuet du Roy

VI. Passamezzo

BBC Music Magazine

November 2008


“Sophie Marin-Degor conveys the fragile façade of Arnould with beautiful clarity, and Jean-Sébeastien Bou well captures Dorval's breezy attractiveness. The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg are full of Gallic charm.”

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