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Hervé Niquet|Camille Saint-Saëns: Phryné

Camille Saint-Saëns: Phryné

Orchestre de l'opéra de Rouen Normandie, Chœur du Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet

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Everyone knows Camille Saint-Saëns has a great sense of humour thanks to his Carnaval des Animaux in which no one escapes ridicule, not even him. Now the Palazzetto Bru Zane Foundation and Hervé Niquet have unearthed Phryné, a forgotten comic opera from 1893 enriched with recitatives composed by André Messager three years later.

Received with immense and lasting success in its time, this brilliant work eventually fell into the abyss, never to be seen again. Fortunately, fans of Saint-Saëns made great efforts to rediscover his works on the centenary of his death in 2021. Phryné captures the "Grecomania" that was prevalent in all the arts in France at this time, especially in Offenbach’s music and even in architecture (just think of the beautiful Parisian district of New Athens in the 9th arrondissement). Ironically, and perhaps a little cheekily, Saint-Saens confessed that he was “working on this little piece with infinite pleasure” and was infatuated with this courtesan musician who had served as a model for the sculptor Praxitele.

Always keen to discover a forgotten repertoire, Hervé Niquet brought together a few singers, Florie Valiquette, Cyrille Dubois, Anaïs Constans and Thomas Dolié, to breathe some life back into Phryné with his Concert Spirituel, with the aim of producing a concert version to be performed in the Opéra de Rouen Normandie in 2021. Though Lucien Augé’s libretto may seem tasteless today with its hefty dose of misogyny, Saint-Saens’ music is simply delicious, with a succession of arias and ensembles. This modest and charming opera-comedy, which Charles Gounod so enjoyed, offers a less serious and less academic take of a composer that well and truly deserves to be rediscovered. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Phryné, Acte I, Introduction
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:01:15

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

2
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 1: Récit et choeur. Le peuple athénien
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:03:48

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - François Rougier, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Patrick Bolleire, Soloist, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

3
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 2: Choeur et récit. C’est Phryné
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:03:58

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Patrick Bolleire, Soloist, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

4
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 3: Récit. Trouverai-je toujours
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:02:56

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - François Rougier, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Patrick Bolleire, Soloist, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

5
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 4: Récit et duo. Bonjour, mon cher oncle
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:04:46

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

6
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 5: Récit, arioso et choeur. Quelle destinée est la mienne
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:04:46

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

7
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 6: Récit et finale. Je suis las de la vie
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:02:52

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - François Rougier, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Patrick Bolleire, Soloist, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

8
Phryné, Acte I, Scène 7: Suite du final. Phryné, je vous rends grâce
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:09:33

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

9
Phryné, Acte II, Introduction
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:01:45

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

10
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 1: Duo. Nicias !
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:04:08

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

11
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 2: Récit. Qui vient là ?
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:01:33

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

12
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 2: Suite, air et trio. Un soir, j’errais sur le rivage
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:04:50

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

13
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 3: Récit et ariette. J’aperçois Dicéphile
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:03:43

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

14
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 4: Récit et couplets. Voyons ! mon petit inventaire
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:02:02

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

15
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 5: Récit. Seigneur, est-ce bien moi
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie
00:06:45

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

16
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 5: Suite, apparition et récit. C’est Phryné !
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:04:21

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

17
Phryné, Acte II, Scène 6: Choeur final. Salut et gloire
Chœur du Concert Spirituel
00:01:21

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor, MainArtist - Editions Durand, MusicPublisher - Cyrille Dubois, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, Soloist, MainArtist - Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lucien Auge de Lassus, Lyricist - Florie Valiquette, Soloist, MainArtist - Anaïs Constans, Soloist, MainArtist - Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Choir, MainArtist

2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane 2022 Palazzetto Bru Zane

Album Description

Everyone knows Camille Saint-Saëns has a great sense of humour thanks to his Carnaval des Animaux in which no one escapes ridicule, not even him. Now the Palazzetto Bru Zane Foundation and Hervé Niquet have unearthed Phryné, a forgotten comic opera from 1893 enriched with recitatives composed by André Messager three years later.

Received with immense and lasting success in its time, this brilliant work eventually fell into the abyss, never to be seen again. Fortunately, fans of Saint-Saëns made great efforts to rediscover his works on the centenary of his death in 2021. Phryné captures the "Grecomania" that was prevalent in all the arts in France at this time, especially in Offenbach’s music and even in architecture (just think of the beautiful Parisian district of New Athens in the 9th arrondissement). Ironically, and perhaps a little cheekily, Saint-Saens confessed that he was “working on this little piece with infinite pleasure” and was infatuated with this courtesan musician who had served as a model for the sculptor Praxitele.

Always keen to discover a forgotten repertoire, Hervé Niquet brought together a few singers, Florie Valiquette, Cyrille Dubois, Anaïs Constans and Thomas Dolié, to breathe some life back into Phryné with his Concert Spirituel, with the aim of producing a concert version to be performed in the Opéra de Rouen Normandie in 2021. Though Lucien Augé’s libretto may seem tasteless today with its hefty dose of misogyny, Saint-Saens’ music is simply delicious, with a succession of arias and ensembles. This modest and charming opera-comedy, which Charles Gounod so enjoyed, offers a less serious and less academic take of a composer that well and truly deserves to be rediscovered. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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