• GOUNOD, Le Tribut de Zamora (1881) - 'Opéra français' CD-Book

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    'Le Tribut de Zamora' (1881) by Charles Gounod
    ‘Opéra français’ series of the Palazzetto Bru Zane (Label Bru Zane) | 2018 | volume 18
    Bilingual CD-book in French and English
    2 CDs / book: 175 pages

    Opera in four acts
    Libretto by Adolphe d’Ennery and Jules Brésil
    First premiered on 1st April 1881 at the Théâtre National de l’Opéra

    Hervé Niquet, conductor
    Stellario Fagone, choir master
    with Jennifer Holloway, Judith van Wanroij, Edgaras Montvidas, Tassis Christoyannis, Boris Pinkhasovich, Juliette Mars, Artavazd Sargsyan, Jérôme Boutillier

    After Polyeucte (1878), Gounod tackled the operatic genre for the last time in 1881 with what is probably his most ambitious work, Le Tribut de Zamora. The action takes place in ninth-century Spain – from Act Two onwards, on ‘a picturesque site on the banks of the Guadalquivir before Córdoba’. Here Gounod – finally noted more for his neoclassical pastiches (Le Médecin malgré lui and Cinq-Mars) and his ardent Romanticism (Faust and Roméo et Juliette) – was given an opportunity to display his talents as an orchestrator and colourist in an exotic setting. He produced an epic in the tradition of French grand opéra, with numerous ensembles and showpiece airs. Despite an unequivocal success on its first run, despite the stirring national anthem ‘Debout! Enfants de l’Ibérie’, Le Tribut de Zamora sank into oblivion within a few short years. We can now appreciate in this opera precisely what certain detractors complained of at the time: the fact that we meet here once again the irresistible lyricism of Faust and Roméo et Juliette.

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