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Opera - Verschijnt op 25 september 2020 | Opera Rara

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Klassiek - Verschijnt op 14 augustus 2020 | Pro Organo

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Opera - Verschenen op 24 juli 2020 | Archipel

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Editions Audiovisuel Beulah

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 juli 2020 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 juli 2020 | JPK Musik

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 juli 2020 | Azul Music

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 19 juni 2020 | Time-Life Music

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Opera - Verschenen op 12 juni 2020 | Naxos

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Written in six weeks on a tatty little book and based on Victor Hugo’s Ruy Blas, Don César de Bazan is one of Jules Massenet’s first works. A comic-opera in the form of an espagnolade, a genre which was then highly fashionable and culminated three years later with Bizet’s Carmen. Don César is a youthful work not lacking in charm and a young Massenet adorns it with boléros, lullabies, love songs, drinking songs and choirs that highlight the comic aspect of an opera Saint-Saëns described as “light and elegant”.The instrumental parts and the orchestral section of the original version were burnt during the fire of the Opéra Comique in 1887. As a result, Massenet wrote a new version based on edited piano-vocal scores. Lighter and more stout in its orchestration, it debuted at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre under the direction of the composer in 1888, before some limited showings in Anvers, La Haye, Lyon, Nice, Brussels and Paris before disappearing from memory. The oeuvre was brought back in 2016 in several French towns thanks to the Frivolités Parisiennes initiative who recorded it in 2019 in an entirely revised layout in co-production with the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.Laurent Naouri plays the part of Don César, the great Spaniard who becomes governor of Grenada after his many adventures and sweet romance with Maritana, an ex-busker appointed Countess of Bazan played beautifully by Elsa Dreising. Founded in 2012, the Frivolités Parisiennes company sets itself the task of bringing back, in addition to its entire repertoire, the type of orchestra seen at the Opéra Comique which disappeared in the 60s. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 juni 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 juni 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 juni 2020 | 4oceans Group

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Opera - Verschenen op 29 mei 2020 | Chandos

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This new recording of Massenet’s opera was recorded by Chandos during rehearsals and two concerts at Toronto’s Thomson Hall in November 2019, making the work feel like a great oratorio bathed in the sensuality of orchestral music. Known around the world for his Méditation with solo violin, which was used in the heyday of bandstands and orchestras in large hotels and fashionable spas, Thaïs is rarely played today. There are no arias "à l'italienne" in this opera, but instead it’s full of long dramatic passages that would inspire Debussy to compose Pelléas eight years later. The protagonists of this new recording are without a doubt the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, whose conductor Sir Andrew Davis makes use of all their sonic and expressive resources, leaving the soloists somewhat sidelined in terms of sound balance. A special mention goes to the beautiful sound and intense expression that avoids any mawkishness of the concertmaster Jonathan Crow in the famous Méditation, which is in fact a simple interlude at the heart of the Act I.. This orientalising story about the conflict between paganism and Christianity in Alexandria in the fourth century is told by the baritone Joshua Hopkins with his powerful timbre in the role of Athanael, battling with the soprano Erin Wall as an exemplary Thai, and the tenor Andrew Staples, beautifully playing the role of Nicias, Athanael’s rich friend. The rest of the cast is of the same calibre. Sir Andrew Davis knows this work very well having directed it on several occasions, notably at the Edinburgh and Melbourne Festivals with the same Erin Wall in Thaïs, who he calls "the Thaïs of one’s dreams". © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Masterpieces Classical Relaxation

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