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André Messager: Passionnément

Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Stefan Blunier

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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

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Passionnément, Acte I (André Messager)

1
I. Introduction. Terre, terre droit devant nous !
Véronique Gens
00:02:13

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Armando Noguera, Soloist (Harris) - Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

2
II. Légende. Quand l’Éternel, au Paradis
Véronique Gens
00:02:13

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

3
III. Duo. Il ne faut pas croire aux serments des femmes
Véronique Gens
00:02:52

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

4
IV. Couplets. Si l’Amérique est le plus grand pays du monde
Eric Huchet
00:01:51

Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

5
V. Couplets. L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
Nicole Car
00:03:19

Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

6
VI. Couplets. Pour sortir, en toute saison
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:02:28

Chantal Santon Jeffery, Soloist (Hélène Le Barrois) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

7
VII. Trio. Dès que l’âge sème sur nous des fils d’argent
Véronique Gens
00:05:09

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

8
VIII. Finale. Dites-vous que c’était un rêve
Véronique Gens
00:06:50

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

Passionnément, Acte II (André Messager)

9
I. Trio et Couplets. Non ! je n’ai pas souvenance
Véronique Gens
00:04:46

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

10
II. Couplets. Ah ! Madame, j’ai comme un pressentiment
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:03:22

Chantal Santon Jeffery, Soloist (Hélène Le Barrois) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

11
III. Duetto. Je lui ai dit
Véronique Gens
00:03:18

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

12
IV. Ensemble et Chanson. Nous apportons vos valises
Véronique Gens
00:03:56

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Armando Noguera, Soloist (Harris) - Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

13
V. Couplets. Moi, toute la vie, je me la représente
Nicole Car
00:02:01

Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

14
VI. Duetto. Voulez-vous bien signer ces pièces
Eric Huchet
00:02:04

Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

15
VII. Valse. Puisqu’elle ne peut elle-même
Nicole Car
00:04:11

Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

16
VIII. Finale. Non, non, vous n’irez pas là-bas
Véronique Gens
00:08:20

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Armando Noguera, Soloist (Harris) - Etienne Dupuis, Soloist (Robert Perceval) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

Passionnément, Acte III (André Messager)

17
I. Entracte
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
00:03:02

Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

18
II. Couplets. J’ai lu, dans la Sainte Écriture
Nicole Car
00:02:52

Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

19
III. Couplets. Oh ! oui, mon bonheur fut immense
Véronique Gens
00:02:29

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

20
IV. Trio. Cette nuit, la chose est trop forte
Nicole Car
00:03:05

Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Armando Noguera, Soloist (Harris) - Etienne Dupuis (Robert Perceval) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

21
V. Rondeau. N’imaginez pas qu’il m’en coûte
Chantal Santon-Jeffery
00:02:36

Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Soloist (Hélène Le Barrois) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

22
VI. Couplets. Julia, jusqu’à cette heure il me semble
Eric Huchet
00:02:55

Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

23
VII. Finale. Le bon et le doux vin de France
Véronique Gens
00:00:59

Veronique Gens, Soloist (Ketty Stevenson) - Nicole Car, Soloist (Julia) - Etienne Dupuis (Robert Perceval) - Eric Huchet, Soloist (William Stevenson) - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Stefan Blunier, Conductor - André Messager, Composer - Albert Willemetz, Lyricist

2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2021 Palazzetto Bru Zane

Album Description

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

Details of original recording : Recorded : December 11-13, 2020, Prinzrengententheater, München (Germany)

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