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Operettas - Released June 25, 2021 | B Records

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With a cover illustrated by Simon Bailly, which looks like something out of a Blake and Mortimer comic, this production from the Frivolités Parisiennes, under the direction of Dylan Corlay, presents Le Diable à Paris by Marcel Lattès, a pleasant operetta which was written as a cynical, biting satire on Faust. All the characters are idiots and villains, and the devil himself is ridiculed by human perfidy.Unfortunately the devil undoubtedly got the better of the series of shows planned at the Théâtre de l'Athénée in Paris in the wake of the global pandemic. For this recorded version, the long passages of dialogue which didn't make the grade have been cut out and replaced with a narrator summarising the action.Although he is now forgotten, Marcel Lattès was a French composer who died in 1943 after being arrested as a Jew by the police of his own country and languishing for several months in the transit camps of Compiègne and Drancy. Initially released thanks to Sacha Guitry's intervention with the German authorities, he was arrested a second time, deported and gassed upon his arrival in the Auschwitz extermination camp. We owe him a dozen operettas and the music for about thirty films by Pabst, Abel Gance, Maurice Tourneur and Marcel L'Herbier.His melodic and light sound, worthy of the best pages of André Messager, bursts forth in Le Diable à Paris, an operetta first performed in 1927 with Dranem and Raimu and reproduced here in a version full of verve, by a troupe of singers with perfect diction, in a resolutely contemporary and natural style that blows away any cobwebs that might be clinging to the work. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Operettas - Released June 11, 2021 | Bru Zane

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André Messager's deliciously French art offers the perfect combination of refined music and frivolous – but never facile – operetta. This recording was a product of the constraints of the 2020 pandemic. Musicians and producers were forced to downgrade many projects in order to comply with the health guidance which was then in force. With its modest instrumental requirements, its smattering of soloists and its lack of a choir, the operetta Passionnément, which enjoyed a triumphal opening in a cheery inter-war Paris in 1926, was perfect for these challenging conditions.In France, operetta has often suffered from mediocre vocal talent. All the more reason, then, to enjoy this high-quality production, with excellent vocalists, starting with Australian soprano Nicole Car as Julia, a crafty chambermaid who is dreaming of a bourgeois life with an American millionaire, and who ends up hitting the bottle at the height of Prohibition. The libretto by Hervé Hennequin and Albert Willemetz is full of salacious allusions only scantily concealed by candid lyrics.This is the first time ever that Passionnément has been committed to disc. This release was a co-production between the Munich Radio and Palazzetto Bru Zane. This full, uncut version was directed by Stefan Blunier, who offers a wonderful rendering of André Messager's melodic talents, bringing a sense of joy and subtlety to every moment. The flawless cast brings together Véronique Gens as Ketty, the wife abandoned by her wealthy American husband, played by Eric Huchet. Etienne Dupuis, Chantal Santon Jeffery and Armando Noguera round out an excellently-put-together cast, which does full justice to this piece of classic workmanship. A superb document of the atmosphere of the 1920s. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Operettas - Released March 28, 2021 | Iberautor Promociones Culturales

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Operettas - Released March 10, 2021 | Haeuformica

Operettas - Released February 7, 2021 | Norte Sur Records

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Operettas - Released November 13, 2020 | Newplay Classical Recordings

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Operettas - Released August 31, 2020 | Music Manager

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Operettas - Released October 18, 2019 | Aris Música

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Operettas - Released August 2, 2019 | MultiMusic Mexico

Operettas - Released May 5, 2019 | Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Chamartín

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Operettas - Released March 15, 2019 | Intense Media GmbH

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Operettas - Released March 8, 2019 | Naxos

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