David, Félicien - Herculanum (2CD + Book) - Niquet, Hervé

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Véronique Gens (Lilia), Karine Deshayes (Olympia), Edgaras Montvidas (Hélios), Nicolas Courjal (Nicanor / Satan), Julien Véronèse (Magnus)

Flemish Radio Choir & Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra / Hervé Niquet

Félicien David was already famous through his 'ode-symphonie' 'Le Désert' (1844) when his opera Herculanum was first staged at the Paris Opéra in 1859. This ambitious work, later to gain him entrance to the Opéra-Comique and the Institut de France, also played a part in earning him the Légion d'Honneur.

Leaving behind the Middle Eastern inflections of his earlier scores, Herculanum is a remarkably strong composition (vast, intensely dramatic scenes), impressive in the diversity of its style (including Verdian influences) and its vocal variety (including the rare coloratura contralto voice often used by Rossini).

There is also a fantastic vein, as made popular by Boieldieu (La Dame blanche, 1825) and Meyerbeer (Robert le Diable, 1831), but the supernatural is used here to serve an openly stated mysticism: the eruption of Vesuvius brings a spectacular, cataclysmic ending, signifying the decadence of the ancient world and the triumph of Christianity.

Book Contents:
Ralph P Locke: Félicien David - not satellite but star
Étienne Jardin: 'Herculanum' in David's output
Hector Berlioz: An account of the première
Alexandre Dratwicki: 'Herculanum' in a time of change in French 'grand opéra'
Gunther Braam: The reception in the contemporary press
Joseph Méry: To Lilia
+ complete libretto in French and English
Artikelnummer ES1020
Streckkod 9788460684398
Utgivningsdatum 2015-09-25
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Ediciones Singulares
Enhet CD + Book
Antal enheter 2
Dirigenter Niquet, Hervé
Kompositörer David, Félicien
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