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Enescu: Oedipe

Lawrence Foster

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Romanian composer George Enescu's 1931 opera Oedipe is an epic work on several levels, including its dramatic scope -- from the protagonist's birth to his death -- and in the huge performing forces it requires. It stands for the most part outside the modernist or post-Romantic operatic conventions of its time and inhabits a sound world that uses a familiar harmonic language, but in idiosyncratic ways. The composer's Romanian roots and the influences of impressionism are in strong evidence, but the work isn't easily pigeonholed; it has moments of rough folkloric primitivism, meltingly lush romanticism, elegant delicacy, and surprising experimental techniques. Oedipe was Enescu's only opera, but he shows a sure hand in the vividness of his musical characterizations and in creating dramatic tension, which the story has in abundance. The opera's finale is absolutely stunning, with wave after wave of surging, astonishing grandeur that finally subsides into an ending of breathtaking serenity. This recording, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, and the chorus Orféon Donostiarra, conducted by Lawrence Foster, features a star-studded cast that includes José van Dam, Gabriel Bacquier, Nicolai Gedda, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Barbara Hendricks. The performance and production values for the release are exceptionally high and make a compelling case for the opera. Foster could have paced the opera's conclusion more broadly and expressively, but otherwise his reading is fully engaging. Enescu writes beautifully for the voice, and the entire large cast sings with gorgeous tone and deep conviction. Van Dam is overwhelming in the title role; he is on-stage for virtually all of the second, third, and fourth acts, and he ages convincingly from an impetuous youth to an old man. His portrayal of the troubled protagonist is warmly compassionate, and his voice is rich and searingly powerful; he has all the charisma required to pull off a memorable depiction of one of history's most famous archetypes. Most of the other roles are relatively brief, but Barbara Hendricks and Marjana Lipovsek are standouts as a sympathetic Antigone and a maniacal Sphinx. EMI's sound is full, clean, and enveloping, with excellent balance. On the basis of this exemplary recording, Oedipe clearly has the musical and dramatic values to merit serious consideration for revival by adventurous companies, and exploration by fans of modern opera.
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1
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Prélude
Lawrence Foster
00:04:23

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

2
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Roi Laïos (Les Femmes Thébaines, Le Grand-Prêtre)
Lawrence Foster
00:02:07

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Cornelius Hauptmann, Performance, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

3
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Thèbes, Chante, Des Sept Portes (Les Guerriers Thébains, Le Grand-Prêtre, Les Bergers, Le Choeur)
Lawrence Foster
00:03:28

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Cornelius Hauptmann, Performance, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

4
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Enfant Divin, Royal Enfant (Les Bergers, Les Femmes Thébaines, Les Guerriers Thébains, Créon)
Lawrence Foster
00:03:14

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

5
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Défilé Et Danse Des Bergers, Des Femmes Thébaines Et Des Guerriers Thébains
Lawrence Foster
00:04:02

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

6
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : J'apporte De Délos La Flamme D'Apollon (Les Vierges Thébaines, Le Grand-Prêtre, Le Choeur)
Lawrence Foster
00:04:25

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Cornelius Hauptmann, Performance, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

7
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Enfant, Mon Enfant (Jocaste, Laïos, Tirésias, Le Choeur, Le Grand-Prêtre)
Cornelius Hauptmann
00:06:26

Brigitte Fassbaender, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - John Aler, Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Gabriel Bacquier, Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Cornelius Hauptmann, Performance, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - John Aler - Gabriel Bacquier - Brigitte Fassbaender - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

8
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Prélude. Adonis Couché Sur La Pourpre Et L'or
José Van Dam
00:04:29

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

9
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Oedipe, Ô Fils De Polybos (Phorbas, Le Choeur, Oedipe)
Lawrence Foster
00:02:39

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Laurence Albert, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Laurence Albert - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

10
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Ah ! Goûtez Sans Moi Aux Plaisirs Permis (Oedipe, Le Choeur)
José Van Dam
00:02:13

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

11
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Pourquoi Trembler, Mon Fils ? (Mérope, Oedipe)
José Van Dam
00:05:37

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Jocelynne Taillon, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Jocelyne Taillon, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jocelyne Taillon - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

12
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Et Je Me Couvrirai D'un Bouclier Joyeux (Oedipe)
Lawrence Foster
00:02:17

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

13
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Est-Ce Déjà Le Roi ? (Le Berger)
Nicolai Gedda
00:03:44

Nicolai Gedda, Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

14
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau: Où Suis-Je ? Le Corbeau Crie (Oedipe)
José Van Dam
00:04:11

José Van Dam , Baritone Vocals, Lead Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Conductor, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Jose Van Dam - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Warner Music France

15
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau: Mais Si C'était Un Piège Du Dieu ? (Oedipe, Laïos, Le Berger)
José Van Dam
00:02:56

Nicolai Gedda, Tenor Vocals - José Van Dam , Baritone Vocals, Second Vocals - John Aler, Tenor Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - John Aler - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Warner Music France

16
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Interlude
Lawrence Foster
00:01:42

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

17
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : De L'aurore À L'aurore (Le Veilleur)
Jean-Philippe Courtis
00:02:46

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - Jean-Philippe Courtis, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Jean Philippe Courtis - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

18
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Il Est Un Breuvage (Oedipe, Le Veilleur)
José Van Dam
00:06:15

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - Jean-Philippe Courtis, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Jean Philippe Courtis - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

19
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Je T'attendrais (La Sphinge, Oedipe)
Marjana Lipovšek
00:05:10

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Marjana Lipovšek, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Marjana Lipovsek - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

20
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Ho ! Ho ! Réveillez Vous, Thébains ! (Le Veilleur, Oedipe, Le Choeur)
José Van Dam
00:03:31

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - Jean-Philippe Courtis, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Jean Philippe Courtis - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

21
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Evohé ! Evohé ! (Les Vierge Thébaines, Le Choeur, Les Enfants)
Lawrence Foster
00:03:51

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Petits chanteurs de Monaco, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Petits Chanteurs De Monaco, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

DISC 2

1
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Oh ! Oh ! Hélàs ! (Le Choeur)
Lawrence Foster
00:03:34

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

2
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : De L'antique Kadmos (Oedipe, Le Grand-Prêtre, Le Choeur, Créon)
Cornelius Hauptmann
00:02:08

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Cornelius Hauptmann, Performance, Second Vocals - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

3
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Créon ! Créon ! Voici Créon (Le Choeur, Oedipe, Créon, Le Berger)
José Van Dam
00:04:32

Nicolai Gedda, Vocals - José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

4
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Divin Tiresias (Oedipe, Tiresias, Le Choeur, Le Choeur, Créon)
José Van Dam
00:05:47

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Gabriel Bacquier, Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Gabriel Bacquier - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

5
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Qu'entends Je, Oedipe ? (Jocaste, Oedipe, Le Choeur, Le Berger, Phorbas)
Nicolai Gedda
00:09:51

Nicolai Gedda, Vocals - Brigitte Fassbaender, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Laurence Albert, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Laurence Albert - Brigitte Fassbaender - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

6
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Reconnais-Tu Cet Homme ? (Oedipe, Le Berger, Le Choeur, Phorbas)
José Van Dam
00:03:40

Nicolai Gedda, Vocals - José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Laurence Albert, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Laurence Albert - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

7
Oedipe, Op. 23, Act 3: "Voyez, Thébains, voyez !" (Oedipe, Le Grand Prêtre, La Foule)
Cornelius Hauptmann
00:04:10

José Van Dam , Baritone Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Conductor - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra - Orfeon Donostiarra, Chorus - Daniel Michel, Balance Engineer - George Enescu, Composer - Cornelius Hauptmann, Bass Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - John Rushby-Smith, Producer - Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

8
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Père, Père (Antigone, Oedipe)
Lawrence Foster
00:02:45

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Barbara Hendricks, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

9
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Il Faut Partir, Oedipe (Créon, Oedipe, Le Choeur)
José Van Dam
00:01:43

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

10
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Je Marcherai Dans Les Ténèbres (Oedipe, Antigone, Le Choeur)
José Van Dam
00:04:51

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Barbara Hendricks, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

11
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Prélude. Bienveillantes ! Bienfaisantes ! (Les Vieillards Athéniens)
Lawrence Foster
00:02:58

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

12
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Déesses Qui Veillez Au Fond Des Bois Sacrés (Thésée, Les Vieillards Athéniens)
Lawrence Foster
00:03:16

Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - Gino Quilico, Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Gino Quilico, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

13
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Lumière De Mes Yeux (Oedipe, Antigone)
Barbara Hendricks
00:02:30

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Barbara Hendricks, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

14
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Nous Sommes Arrivés ! (Oedipe)
Lawrence Foster
00:03:39

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

15
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Père ! Père ! Créon ! Je Vois Créon ! (Antigone, Créon, Oedipe, Les Thébains, Les Vieillards Athéniens, Thésée)
Barbara Hendricks
00:06:09

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Barbara Hendricks, Boy Soprano, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - Gino Quilico, Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Gino Quilico - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

16
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Pouvais-Je Penser Que Thésée (Créon, Oedipe)
José Van Dam
00:02:53

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Marcel Vanaud, Second Vocals - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

17
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Oedipe ! (Les Euménides, Oedipe)
José Van Dam
00:02:50

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

18
Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Adieu, Douce Antigone, Adieu (Oedipe, Les Vieillards Athéniens, Les Euménides)
José Van Dam
00:09:39

José Van Dam , Bass-Baritone, Second Vocals - Lawrence Foster, Lead Vocals - Orfeon Donostiarra, Second Vocals - Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, Second Vocals - George Enescu, Composer - Edmond Fleg, Writer - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd. 1990 Capitol Music, une division de EMI Music France

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Romanian composer George Enescu's 1931 opera Oedipe is an epic work on several levels, including its dramatic scope -- from the protagonist's birth to his death -- and in the huge performing forces it requires. It stands for the most part outside the modernist or post-Romantic operatic conventions of its time and inhabits a sound world that uses a familiar harmonic language, but in idiosyncratic ways. The composer's Romanian roots and the influences of impressionism are in strong evidence, but the work isn't easily pigeonholed; it has moments of rough folkloric primitivism, meltingly lush romanticism, elegant delicacy, and surprising experimental techniques. Oedipe was Enescu's only opera, but he shows a sure hand in the vividness of his musical characterizations and in creating dramatic tension, which the story has in abundance. The opera's finale is absolutely stunning, with wave after wave of surging, astonishing grandeur that finally subsides into an ending of breathtaking serenity. This recording, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, and the chorus Orféon Donostiarra, conducted by Lawrence Foster, features a star-studded cast that includes José van Dam, Gabriel Bacquier, Nicolai Gedda, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Barbara Hendricks. The performance and production values for the release are exceptionally high and make a compelling case for the opera. Foster could have paced the opera's conclusion more broadly and expressively, but otherwise his reading is fully engaging. Enescu writes beautifully for the voice, and the entire large cast sings with gorgeous tone and deep conviction. Van Dam is overwhelming in the title role; he is on-stage for virtually all of the second, third, and fourth acts, and he ages convincingly from an impetuous youth to an old man. His portrayal of the troubled protagonist is warmly compassionate, and his voice is rich and searingly powerful; he has all the charisma required to pull off a memorable depiction of one of history's most famous archetypes. Most of the other roles are relatively brief, but Barbara Hendricks and Marjana Lipovsek are standouts as a sympathetic Antigone and a maniacal Sphinx. EMI's sound is full, clean, and enveloping, with excellent balance. On the basis of this exemplary recording, Oedipe clearly has the musical and dramatic values to merit serious consideration for revival by adventurous companies, and exploration by fans of modern opera.
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