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Saint-Saëns: Proserpine, R. 292


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The protagonist of Saint-Saëns' Proserpine, premiered at the Opéra-Comique on March 14, 1887, is no reincarnation of the ancient goddess, but a Renaissance courtesan well versed in culpable amours. According to the composer, she is a "damned soul for whom true love is a forbidden fruit; as soon as she approaches it, she experiences torture". Yet for all the innocence of her rival Angiola, the unexpected happens: "It is the bloodthirsty beast that is admirable; the sweet creature is no more than pretty and likeable." Visibly enraptured by this delight in horror, Saint-Saëns indulges in unprecedented orchestral modernity, piling on the dissonances beneath his characters' cries of rage or despair. He concluded thus: "Proserpine is, of all my stage works, the most advanced in the Wagnerian system." The least-known, too, and one which it was high time to reveal to the public, in its second version, revised in 1899.
Facts
Item number ES1027
Barcode 9788461772131
Release date 5/12/2017
Category Opera
Label EDICIONES SINGULARES
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Gens, Véronique
Henry, Marie-Adeline
Antoun, Frédéric
Foster-Williams, Andrew
Teitgen, Jean
Conductor Schirmer, Ulf
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Disc: 1
Proserpine01:35:00
1 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Prélude 00:01:29 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Qu'elle est infernale e 00:03:36 Vidal, Mathias Gens, Véronique Flemish Radio Choir Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Sargsyan, Artavazd Martin, Philippe-Nicolas
3 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Voyez-les tous, navrés 00:02:45 Vidal, Mathias Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Martin, Philippe-Nicolas
4 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Je t'en supplie 00:02:59 Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean
5 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Pourquoi me demander ce 00:02:07 Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean
6 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Enfin! Sabatino! 00:01:43 Vidal, Mathias Gens, Véronique Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean Sargsyan, Artavazd Martin, Philippe-Nicolas
7 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Va, c'est fort à propos 00:00:54 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean
8 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Amour vrai, source pure 00:01:19 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
9 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Proserpine! 00:08:00 Gens, Véronique Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
10 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Il n'a pas compris! 00:01:52 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew Sargsyan, Artavazd
11 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Que préféreriez-vous 00:01:47 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew
12 Proserpine, R. 292, Act I: Proserpine nous délaiss 00:05:04 Vidal, Mathias Gens, Véronique Flemish Radio Choir Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew Sargsyan, Artavazd Martin, Philippe-Nicolas
13 Proserpine, R. 292, Act II: Prélude - Ave Maria 00:04:13 Flemish Radio Choir Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
14 Proserpine, R. 292, Act II: Un cavalier à la moust 00:04:07 Flemish Radio Choir Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Tilquin, Clémence Henry, Marie-Adeline
15 Proserpine, R. 292, Act II: Bonjour, petite sœur! 00:02:31 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean Henry, Marie-Adeline
16 Proserpine, R. 292, Act II: Comment dire bien ce q 00:03:44 Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean Henry, Marie-Adeline
17 Proserpine, R. 292, Act II: Allez, ô vous que j'ai 00:03:03 Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean Henry, Marie-Adeline
18 Proserpine, R. 292, Act II: Approchez et prenez, c 00:04:05 Antoun, Frédéric Flemish Radio Choir Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew Teitgen, Jean Henry, Marie-Adeline
Disc: 2
Proserpine01:35:00
1 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Tarentelle 00:01:26 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Qui va là? Squarocca! 00:02:12 Flemish Radio Choir Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew
3 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Approchez, ma beauté, 00:03:24 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew
4 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Pourquoi suis-je venu 00:04:32 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew
5 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Là! Chantons maintena 00:01:46 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew
6 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Elle est belle, la mi 00:02:16 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew Teitgen, Jean Henry, Marie-Adeline
7 Proserpine, R. 292, Act III: Votre main! 00:04:22 Gens, Véronique Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Foster-Williams, Andrew Henry, Marie-Adeline
8 Proserpine, R. 292, Act IV: Entracte 00:04:12 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
9 Proserpine, R. 292, Act IV: Puis-je croire que c'e 00:03:14 Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
10 Proserpine, R. 292, Act IV: Vous ici! 00:05:39 Gens, Véronique Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
11 Proserpine, R. 292, Act IV: Vos menaces, madame... 00:06:05 Gens, Véronique Antoun, Frédéric Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Teitgen, Jean Henry, Marie-Adeline
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