L Bertin - Fausto (CD + Book) | Bru Zane BZ1054

L Bertin - Fausto (CD + Book)

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Label: Bru Zane

Cat No: BZ1054

Format: CD + Book

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 26th January 2024

Contents

Artists

Karine Deshayes
Thibault de Damas
Ante Jerkunica
Karina Gauvin
Diana Axentii
Marie Gautrot
Nico Darmanin
Flemish Radio Choir
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Bertin, Louise

Fausto

Artists

Karine Deshayes
Thibault de Damas
Ante Jerkunica
Karina Gauvin
Diana Axentii
Marie Gautrot
Nico Darmanin
Flemish Radio Choir
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

It was around 1825 that Louise Bertin, pupil of Reicha and friend of Berlioz, tackled the subject of Faust with all the energy and confidence of a young woman of twenty. She entirely exceeded the public’s expectations and won over the critics with her daring. Colourful orchestration, charming cantabiles, vigorous choruses – everything seemed to promise the work would enter the repertory. But the closure of the Théâtre-Italien after just three performances in 1831 decided otherwise, and the score languished in the vaults of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for 190 years. The leading role, conceived for the mezzo-soprano Rosmunda Pisaroni, was finally created by the tenor Domenico Donzelli. In this complete recording with period instruments, Christophe Rousset presents the work in its original form, which has never been heard before, even in the composer's lifetime. Once again, Les Talens Lyriques and the Palazzetto Bru Zane join forces in an adventurous French operatic rediscovery.

Reviews

In a recent interview (11/22), Rousset described the score as like ‘noisy Mozart, and sometimes more like Weber, very Romantic’, and there are indeed echoes of Don Giovanni and Freischütz in the baleful brass-writing and repeated string tremolandos. ... The performance is a knockout. Rousset conducts with blazing conviction, admirably sustaining the high emotional pitch without once tipping towards melodrama. ... It’s a terrific set and a major rediscovery. Do listen to it.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone
the ever impressive Christophe Rousset brings his acclaimed conviction to a terrific discovery  (Editor’s Choice)
Gramophone February 2024
a superb recording of a lost opera
The Guardian
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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