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Rousseau: Devin Du Village (Le)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's work in music is little known today, but he managed to create and sustain an atmosphere of conflict in the world of French opera during the mid-eighteenth century. Since Rameau, the reigning master of tragédie lyrique at the Opéra, declared one of Rousseau's early operas "the work of a musical ignoramus," Rousseau launched a lifetime vendetta against the traditions of French opera. The primacy of tragédie lyrique was shaken for a few years after Pergolesi's light comedy La serva padrona was presented in Paris in 1752. Rousseau's brief Le devin du village (The village soothsayer), which was written in a similar, simple, Italianate style to a libretto by the composer, extolling the joys of rustic romance, was premiered the same year. It could hardly have demonstrated a greater contrast with Rameau's elaborate, rigorously mannered (and very long) operas based on mythology or ancient history. Rousseau's opera was a popular success, and while it did not succeed in displacing Rameau's aesthetic, it remained in the repertoire until the early nineteenth century. While Rousseau's comedy may not be the work of a (musical) genius, it is a genuine charmer, with sympathetic characters and a direct plot full of lively, memorable tunes and delightful musical quirkiness; it certainly deserves a place alongside La serva padrona in the modern repertoire. CPO's recording of a spirited and polished live 2006 performance makes a strong case for the opera. Soprano Gabriela Bürgler, tenor Michael Feyfar, and baritone Dominik Wörner sing with strong tone, vivacity, finesse, and obvious enjoyment. The Cantus Firmus Consort, playing period instruments, and Cantus Firmus Kammerchor, led by Andreas Reize, perform with warmth and energy. The sound quality is generally good, but sometimes the singers get too close to the mikes and swamp the orchestra.
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Le devin du village

1
Ouverture
Michael Feyfar
00:03:49

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

2
Scene 1: J'ai perdu tout mon bonheur (Colette)
Michael Feyfar
00:05:59

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

3
Scene 2: Pedrai-je Colin sans retour? (Colette, Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:02:00

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Dominik Worner, baritone - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

4
Scene 2: Air: Si des galants de la ville (Colette, Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:01:39

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Dominik Worner, baritone - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

5
Scene 2: Air: L'amour croit s'il s'inquiete (Le Devin, Colette)
Michael Feyfar
00:02:11

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

6
Scene 3: J'ai tout su de Colin (Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:00:42

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

7
Scene 4: L'Amour et vos lecons (Colin, Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:01:12

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

8
Scene 4: Non Colette n'est pas trompeuse (Colin, Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:02:27

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

9
Scene 5: Gai
Michael Feyfar
00:01:09

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

10
Scene 5: Air: Je vais revoir ma charmante Maitresse (Colin)
Michael Feyfar
00:04:31

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

11
Scene 6: Je l'appercois (Colin, Colette)
Michael Feyfar
00:03:56

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

12
Scene 6: Air: Ta foi ne m'est point ravie (Colin, Colette)
Michael Feyfar
00:01:58

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

13
Scene 6: Duet: Tant qu'a mon Colin (Colette, Colin)
Michael Feyfar
00:02:44

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

14
Scene 6: Ensemble: A jamais Colin (Colin, Colette)
Michael Feyfar
00:03:52

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

15
Scene 7: Je vous ai delivres (Le Devin, Colin)
Michael Feyfar
00:00:32

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

16
Scene 7: Venez, jeunes garcons (Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:00:59

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

17
Scene 8: Entree de la jeunesse du Village
Michael Feyfar
00:01:35

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

18
Scene 8: Colin revient a sa Bergiere (Chorus)
Michael Feyfar
00:03:34

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

19
Scene 8: Pastorelle pour le villageois
Michael Feyfar
00:03:31

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

20
Scene 8: Romance: Dans ma cabane obscure (Colin)
Michael Feyfar
00:03:12

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

21
Scene 8: Pantomime - Il faut tous e l'envi (Le Devin)
Michael Feyfar
00:07:12

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Reize, Conductor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

22
Scene 8: L'art a l'amour est favorable (Le Devin, Colin, Colette, Chorus)
Michael Feyfar
00:04:22

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

23
Scene 8: Avec l'objet de mes amours (Colette, Chorus)
Michael Feyfar
00:07:50

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

24
Scene 8: Ballet divertissement
Michael Feyfar
00:04:32

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Michael Feyfar, tenor

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

25
Scene 8: Allons danser sous les ormeaux (Colette, Chorus)
Michael Feyfar
00:01:18

Andreas Reize, Conductor - Dominik Worner, baritone - Michael Feyfar, tenor - Cantus Firmus Consort, Ensemble - Andreas Reize, Conductor - Cantus Firmus Chamber Choir, Choir

2007 CPO 2007 CPO

Album Description

Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's work in music is little known today, but he managed to create and sustain an atmosphere of conflict in the world of French opera during the mid-eighteenth century. Since Rameau, the reigning master of tragédie lyrique at the Opéra, declared one of Rousseau's early operas "the work of a musical ignoramus," Rousseau launched a lifetime vendetta against the traditions of French opera. The primacy of tragédie lyrique was shaken for a few years after Pergolesi's light comedy La serva padrona was presented in Paris in 1752. Rousseau's brief Le devin du village (The village soothsayer), which was written in a similar, simple, Italianate style to a libretto by the composer, extolling the joys of rustic romance, was premiered the same year. It could hardly have demonstrated a greater contrast with Rameau's elaborate, rigorously mannered (and very long) operas based on mythology or ancient history. Rousseau's opera was a popular success, and while it did not succeed in displacing Rameau's aesthetic, it remained in the repertoire until the early nineteenth century. While Rousseau's comedy may not be the work of a (musical) genius, it is a genuine charmer, with sympathetic characters and a direct plot full of lively, memorable tunes and delightful musical quirkiness; it certainly deserves a place alongside La serva padrona in the modern repertoire. CPO's recording of a spirited and polished live 2006 performance makes a strong case for the opera. Soprano Gabriela Bürgler, tenor Michael Feyfar, and baritone Dominik Wörner sing with strong tone, vivacity, finesse, and obvious enjoyment. The Cantus Firmus Consort, playing period instruments, and Cantus Firmus Kammerchor, led by Andreas Reize, perform with warmth and energy. The sound quality is generally good, but sometimes the singers get too close to the mikes and swamp the orchestra.
© TiVo

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