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André Danican Philidor (1620-1679): Blaise Le Savetier / Christophe Crapez, Elisabeth Fernandez, Paul-Alexandre Dubois, Caroline Chassany

Audio Samples

  1. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 1: Que cherches-tu? (Blaise, Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 1: Duo. Andante (Blaise, Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 1: Ariette. Andante (Blaise) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 2: Nous venons Monsieur … (2 Recors) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 2: Quatuor $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 3: Mais que diantre … (Mme. Pince) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 3: Quintuor $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 4: Ah, Blaise! (Blaise, Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 4: Aria. Andante (Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 4: Aria. Moderato (Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 4: Mais que faire? (Blaise, Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 5: Aria. Allegro (Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 5: Allegro (Blaisine, Mr. Pince) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 5: Tenez, Melle Margot, prenez votre billet (Blaisine, Mr.Pince) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 5: Aria. Majestuoso (Mr. Pince) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 6: O ciel, voici mon mari! (Blaisine, Mr. Pince, Blaise) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 6: Aria. Moderato - Allegro assai (Blaise) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 8: Mr. Pince, je ne sais que devenir … (Blaise, Mr. Pince, Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 8: Trio. Moderato (Blaise, Blaisine, Mr. Pince) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 9: Ariette. Allegro (Mme. Pince) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 10: Quatuor. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Philidor — Blaise le savetier, Scene 11: Finale. Duo (Blaise, Blaisine) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Philidor, Andre Danican : Blaise le Savetier, opera
>Unspecified : CD-ROM Track
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This Opera-comique in one act, performed for the first time at the Foire Saint-Germain March 9, 1759, was the first composed by Philidor, and already this particular crafted that expresses the combinatorial intelligence and dynamic individual to his style. Inspired by a Conte de La Fontaine, it features a friendly and without money couple (Blaise , cobbler more focused on the cabaret that the shoes, its energetic wife more aware of reality), harassed by a couple of owners. The woman owner tries to buy the favors of the young man, while her husband tries to seduce his wife without knowing that they are the objects of a scheme fomented by Blaise and Blaisine. The recording of this outstanding opera took place in September 2013 at Paris. It has indeed seemed important to make the spiciness of the text and the particular dynamics of the music, avoid the usual division of the recording studio, and enjoy the special energy that gives the presence of a public accomplice. Almazis - Iakovos Pappas, for fifteen years, is dedicated to defend and publicize the French Opera-comique, with an absolutely unconventional musical approach. The latter project is made against a current perfectly assumed.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performance is as extravagant as the work. Dialog is crisp, happy in character, spoken as fast as possible. The libretto is on a CDROM track readable on your computer. She's over the top! Absolutely marvelous! Even in the orchestra (the ensemble Almazis) all five instruments (two violins, cello, oboe, bassoon), indulge in her comic musical style. Their playing is not just exuberant, it's fierce. I imagine the conductor yelling "Take no prisoners! Overwhelm the audience!" And they do! As attention-demanding as Chassany is, the other singers keep this from being a onewoman show. Dubois's aria (track 19) is a comic masterpiece with Fernandez a blustering Mme Pince. The four indulge in an outrageous quartet followed by more laughs from Chassany and Dubois in a duet finale. The breathless excitement and speed from the orchestra is a major accomplishment. The notes also contain three fairly lengthy musical examples. A comic delight!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Villa Rose-Malakoff (09/2013).



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>Philidor, Andre Danican : Blaise le Savetier, opera
  • Performers: Caroline Chassany (Soprano); Christophe Crapez (Voice); Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass); Elizabeth Fernandez (Voice)
  • Conductor: Iakovos Pappas
  • Ensemble: Almazis
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Unspecified : CD-ROM Track :: Blaise le Savetier Libretto
  • Performers: Caroline Chassany (Soprano); Christophe Crapez (Voice); Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass); Elizabeth Fernandez (Voice)
  • Conductor: Iakovos Pappas
  • Ensemble: Almazis
  • Period Time: Modern