Notes & Reviews:
Chabrier's extraordinary, if incomplete, opera Briséïs is surely a precursor to Salome and approaches even that most lurid work in the gloriously opulent sensuality of its music. Performed at the Edinburgh Festival by some of the greatest singers of the day and recorded live by Hyperion, this thrilling performance stunned critics and public alike. Under the baton of Jean-Yves Ossonce, Joan Rodgers and Mark Padmore lead the brilliant cast, supported by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Opera Chorus. A genuinely wonderful discovery, now available at mid-price.
A highlight of last year's Edinburgh Festival ... a memorable experience ... gorgeous ... an extraordinarily voluptuous and erotic affair. Joan Rodgers sings ravishingly ... Ossonce brings this exciting rarity to throbbing life.
For those who heard Chabrier's incomplete magnum opus at last year's Festival this recording will need no recommendation ... fabulously rewarding.
The most opulent discographic discovery of the decade.
Personnel: Joan Rodgers (soprano); Kathryn Harries (mezzo soprano); Mark Padmore (tenor); Simon Keenlyside (baritone); Michael George (bass voice).
Recording information: Edinburgh (08/18/1994).
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Works DetailsChabrier, Emmanuel : Briséis, ou Les amants de Corinth (only 1 act completed), lyric drama
- Conductor: Jean-Yves Ossonce
- Ensemble: Scottish Opera Chorus
- Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta