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We'll admit: this Reine de Chypre by Fromental Halévy is probably not the unfairly-overlooked work of commanding genius for which the lyrical world has been waiting for fifty years… But it would still be a shame to miss it, especially when performed by such a line-up, with Véronique Gens, Cyrille Dubois and Etienne Dupuis at the top of the bill. And after all, the score is full of vocal marvels and very original ensembles; but it is rather in the orchestration – which is not much more adventurous than that of any other piece of Italian bel canto of the era – that Halévy has taken it easy. The melodic richness was pointed out in an article in the Revue et gazette musicale in April 1842: "In the Reine de Chypre, Halévy's new style is on display with more dash, and more success. I have had occasion to point out the preconditions, as I see them, of the production of a good opera, by pointing out the obstacles which stand in the way of meeting these conditions fully and in good time, whether by the poet or the composer. When these conditions are met, it is an event of great importance for the world of art. Now, in the present case, circumstances have conspired in the performance of a work which, as even the most exacting critic must admit, possesses all the qualities which constitute a good opera. (…) The composer has put all the enchantment of his art into the duet that breathes the sentiments that enrapture them. The dark cloth on which these two charming figures are drawn shows through even in those songs which are so sparkling and alive with happiness, like a sinister cloud, and lends them a particular character of melancholy intrigue. There is no equal, in nobility or in grace, of the magnificent melody of the final part of this duet." The article continues in this vein. The byline? One Richard Wagner… © SM/Qobuz

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La Reine de Chypre, Acte I (Fromental Halévy)

1
Introduction
00:03:24

Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer

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2
Acte I - Scène 1 : Récitatif "Enfin, c’est aujourd’hui !" (Catarina, Gérard)
00:01:27

Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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3
Acte I - Scène 1 : Romance "Le ciel est radieux" (Gérard, Catarina)
00:02:14

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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4
Acte I - Scène 1 : Duo "Gérard, Mon Gérard !" - Scène 2 : "Ma douce fiancée" (Catarina, Gérard)
00:07:49

Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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5
Acte I - Scène 3 : Récitatif et Trio "Salut noble Gérard !" (Andréa, Gérard, Catarina)
00:04:38

Christophoros Stamboglis, basse (Andréa Cornaro) - Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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6
Acte I - Scène 3 : Récitatif "Mais qu’ai-je vu !" (Andréa)
00:01:13

Christophoros Stamboglis, basse (Andréa Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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7
Acte I - Scène 4 : Duo "Sommes-nous seuls ici ?" - Scène 5 : "Que faire, ô ciel !" (Mocénigo, Andréa)
00:09:14

Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Christophoros Stamboglis, basse (Andréa Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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8
Acte I - Scène 6 : "Joie infinie !" (Chœur)
00:04:15

Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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9
Acte I - Scènes 7, 8, 9 : Final "L’autel est préparé" - "Arrêtez ! Il le faut... Je le veux !" (L'Officier, Gérard, Catarina, Chœur des Dames et Seigneurs)
00:07:37

Tomislav Lavoie, basse (Un Officier) - Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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La Reine de Chypre, Acte II (Fromental Halévy)

10
Acte II - Entracte
00:01:16

Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer

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11
Acte II - Scène : Air "Le gondolier, dans sa pauvre nacelle" (Catarina, seule)
00:02:46

Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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12
Acte II - Scène 2 : Air (Suite) "Et je perdrais mon bien suprême !" (Catarina)
00:07:01

Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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13
Acte II - Scène 5 : "Catarina !" (Mocénigo, Catarina, Gérard)
00:02:34

Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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14
Acte II - Scène 6 : Duo "Arbitre de ma vie" (Gérard, Catarina)
00:10:57

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, Soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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La Reine de Chypre, Acte III (Fromental Halévy)

15
Acte III - Scènes 1 & 3 : "Buvons à Chypre" (Chœur des Seigneurs chypriotes, Mocénigo, Vénitiens et Chypriotes, Strozzi) Mocénigo
00:03:35

Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Artavazd Sargsyan, ténor (Strozzi) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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16
Acte III - Scène 4 : "Au jeu, mes amis !" (Chœur des Seigneurs, Mocénigo, Strozzi, Chœur de courtisanes et de seigneurs)
00:03:57

Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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17
Acte III - Scènes 6 & 7 : Récitatif "Infâmes assassins !" (Gérard, Spadassins en coulisse, Chœur du Peuple, Lusignan)
00:01:27

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, Conductor - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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DISC 2

1
Acte III - Scène 7 : Duo "Vous qui de la chevalerie" (Gérard, Lusignan)
00:04:57

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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2
Acte III - Scène 7 : Duo (Suite) "Hélas ! Comme vous triste exilé" (Gérard, Lusignan)
00:07:03

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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La Reine de Chypre, Acte IV (Fromental Halévy)

3
Acte IV - Scène 1 : Introduction et Chœur du Peuple chypriote "Le beau jour, la belle fête"
00:02:40

Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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4
Acte IV - Scènes 2 & 3 : "Peuple de Chypre" (Le Héraut d'armes, Chœur du Peuple et de Prêtres, de Matelots, Lusignan)
00:06:22

Tomislav Lavoie, basse (Un Héraut d’armes) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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5
Acte IV - Scène 5 : Chœur et Marche "Gloire à la Reine !" (Chœur du Peuple)
00:02:03

Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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6
Acte IV - Scène 6 : "Le voici donc enfin, l’instant de la vengeance" (Gérard, Chœur)
00:09:31

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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7
Acte IV - Scène 7 : Final "Qu’ai-je vu !" (Gérard, Chœur, Catarina, Mocénigo, Lusignan, Andréa)
00:10:31

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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La Reine de Chypre, Acte V (Fromental Halévy)

8
Acte V - Introduction et Récitatif "Des docteurs de Venise" (Catarina, Lusignan)
00:03:04

Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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9
Acte V - Scène 1 : Air "Gérard ! Et c’est lui qui l’appelle !" (Catarina)
00:02:14

Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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10
Acte V - Scène 2 : Récitatif "Catarina ! Seigneur ! " (Lusignan, Catarina)
00:02:38

Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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11
Acte V - Scène 2 : Cavatine "À ton noble courage" (Lusignan, Catarina)
00:02:26

Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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12
Acte V - Scène 3 : Récitatif "Un chevalier français" (Strozzi, Lusignan)
00:01:59

Artavazd Sargsyan, ténor (Strozzi) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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13
Acte V - Scènes 4 & 5 : Duo "Quand le devoir sacré" (Gérard, Officier, Catarina)
00:08:10

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Tomislav Lavoie, basse (Un Officier) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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14
Acte V - Scènes 5 & 6 : Récitatif "Gérard ! Fuyez !" (Catarina, Gérard, Mocénigo)
00:05:15

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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15
Acte V - Scène 7 : Quatuor "À cet instant suprême" (Lusignan, Gérard, Catarina, Mocénigo)
00:06:11

Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Eric Huchet, ténor (Mocénigo) - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

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16
Acte V - Scène 8 : Marche et Final "Nous triomphons !" (Chypriotes, Vénitiens, Gérard, Lusignan, Catarina)
00:03:54

Cyrille Dubois, ténor (Gérard de Coucy) - Etienne Dupuis, baryton (Jacques de Lusignan) - Véronique Gens, soprano (Catarina Cornaro) - Flemish Radio Choir - Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Hervé Niquet, direction - Fromental Halévy, Composer - Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Lyricist

© 2018 Palazzetto Bru Zane / Ediciones Singulares - ℗ 2018 Palazzetto Bru Zane (Centre de musique romantique française)

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We'll admit: this Reine de Chypre by Fromental Halévy is probably not the unfairly-overlooked work of commanding genius for which the lyrical world has been waiting for fifty years… But it would still be a shame to miss it, especially when performed by such a line-up, with Véronique Gens, Cyrille Dubois and Etienne Dupuis at the top of the bill. And after all, the score is full of vocal marvels and very original ensembles; but it is rather in the orchestration – which is not much more adventurous than that of any other piece of Italian bel canto of the era – that Halévy has taken it easy. The melodic richness was pointed out in an article in the Revue et gazette musicale in April 1842: "In the Reine de Chypre, Halévy's new style is on display with more dash, and more success. I have had occasion to point out the preconditions, as I see them, of the production of a good opera, by pointing out the obstacles which stand in the way of meeting these conditions fully and in good time, whether by the poet or the composer. When these conditions are met, it is an event of great importance for the world of art. Now, in the present case, circumstances have conspired in the performance of a work which, as even the most exacting critic must admit, possesses all the qualities which constitute a good opera. (…) The composer has put all the enchantment of his art into the duet that breathes the sentiments that enrapture them. The dark cloth on which these two charming figures are drawn shows through even in those songs which are so sparkling and alive with happiness, like a sinister cloud, and lends them a particular character of melancholy intrigue. There is no equal, in nobility or in grace, of the magnificent melody of the final part of this duet." The article continues in this vein. The byline? One Richard Wagner… © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, 5-7 June, 2017

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