Ernest Reyer - La statue





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Published on Jun 28, 2013

Here's the assembly of selected excerpts from Ernest Reyer's opera "La statue," in my own new orchestration and editing done in 2012, recorded using VST samples (the Garritan Personal Orchestra).

After initial success at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1861, "La statue" went eventually into total oblivion and was not preformed past Reyer's death in 1909, and thus until recently didn't have any recordings. So far, this one is the only one available, as it is unique, recorded in the form of so called "opera without words," that is where human voices are substituted by solo orchestral instruments and choral samples.

Original French libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier is provided for affected moments in subtitles (Close Captions). Choose it by selecting "CC" from the video menu.

In the presented video the music starts after about 20 seconds of silent introduction. Folowing excerpts are included in order:

Act 1 - Orchestral Introduction (full) - Tableau 1: Choir of Opium Smokers (first part) - Tableau 2: Love Duet (Margyane, Sélim) (beginning and ending fragment) - Grand Recitative (Sélim) (full) - Finale (ending fragment)

Act 3 - Orchestral Introduction (beginning) - Trio (Sélim, Amgiad, Margyane) (extensive fragment) - Finale (ending part)

The full length recording, spread over the two separate CDs (144 minutes in total) is currently available at the Amazon.com at following links:

Disk 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AC9I8S0/

Disk 2: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AC9I9ZW/

This (and other scores) created by me are published and available at my MusicaNeo web-site at


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