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André-Modeste Grétry: La Caravane du Caire / Les Agrémens; Namur Chamber Choir; Waas

Album Summary

>Gretry, Andre-Ernest-Mode : La Caravane Du Caire, opera
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Premiered in 1784 at the Academie Royale de Musique, where it ensured the institution's fortune, La Caravane du Caire was one of Gretry's most famous operas, its popularity continuing into the 19th century. After the recording made under the direction of Marc Minkowski in 1991, Guy Van Waas proposes an energetic new version that enables us to discover a few variants in relation to the previous version. This production, realized by the Palazzetto Bru Zane of Venice, benefits from a fascinating musicological presentation by Alexandre and Benoi^t Dratwicki. The libretto is typical of the oriental subjects that were so highly prized in the late 18th century. Here, the beautiful Zelime, sold as a slave to a pasha, is rescued from the seraglio thanks to the courage of her beloved Saint-Phar and the loyalty of another Frenchman, Florestan. The work is peppered with comical situations, tender or bravura arias (including a pastiche of Italian-style coloratura) and embellished with numerous ballets, some of which contribute an original note of exoticism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium (10/19/2013-10/21/2013).


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>André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (Composer) (1741 - 1813) : La Caravane Du Caire, opera
  • Conductor: Guy Waas
  • Ensemble: Les Agrémens
  • Notes: Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium (10/19/2013-10/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta