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Offenbach: Fantasio, opera / Brenda Rae, Sarah Connolly, Victoria Simmonds, Russell Braun. Mark Elder

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  1. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 1-2: Vive le roi! $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 2: Fanfare $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 3: Mes amis, je vous ai annonce les $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 3: Vive le roi! Vive le roi! $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 3-5: Ou diable est donc Fantasio? $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 5: Voyez dans la nuit brune $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 5-6: Eh bien, que ferons-nous de $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 7: Voilà toute la ville en fête $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 7: Quel murmure charmant soudain $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 8: Quel astre contemples-tu là? $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 8: Vois comme ce clair de lune est $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 9: Ô Saint-Jean! Ta joyeuse face $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 9-11: Que je prenne la place de Saint-Jean $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 11: Une seule chose me paraît s’opposer $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act I Scene 12-14: Tout bruit cesse
  17. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II: Entracte $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 2: Je me sens, malgré tout $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 3: Oui, c’est bien lui, chère princesse! $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 3-4: Permettez-moi de baiser cette main $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 5: Je ne serai donc jamais, non jamais $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 5-6: Aurait-elle un coeur dur et faux? $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 7-8: Quel métier délicieux quel celui $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 8-9: Je vous laisse, princesse $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act II Scene 10: C’est aujourd’hui fête à la cour
  26. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau I Scene 1-2: Par Jupiter! Je l’avais bien prédit! $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau I Scene 2: Psyché pauvre imprudente $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau I Scene 2: Est-ce un rêve $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau I Scene 2: Il n’est qu’un refrain à chante $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau I Scene 3-4: Princesse, on vous cherche $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau II Scene 1: Calmez-vous, prince! Calmez-vous $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau II Scene 1: Reprenez cet habit mon prince $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau II Scene 1: Oui, oui, je connais ton dévouement! $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau II Scene 2: Ils sont entrés dans le palais $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau II Scene 3: Eh! Bien! Le voilà, Fantasio! $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Offenbach — Fantasio, Act III Tableau II Scene 4-5: Sous ta bannière on se rallie $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Offenbach — Fantasio: Ballade à la lune $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Offenbach — Fantasio: Pleure, le ciel te voit $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Offenbach, Jacques : Fantasio, comic opera in 3 acts
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Opera Rara presents the first complete studio recording of Fantasio, one of Offenbach's most beautiful and refined works. A heady cocktail of charm, gracefulness and gentle melancholy, Fantasio marks the crucial step in Offenbach's path towards The Tales of Hoffmann. Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Opera Rara's Artistic Director, the cast is led by spectacular performances from Sarah Connolly and the outstanding young American soprano Brenda Rae.

Sunday Times, 5th October 2014
It is a lyrical surprise, an entirely different genre from his popular operettas...[Connolly] is a delight in the [title] part. Her duets with the titular would-be jester's princess, Elsbeth, as sung by Brenda Rae, are pure vocal enchantment...one of the rarest jewels in OR's estimable catalogue.

Financial Times, 17th October 2014
A performance as light of touch as a fine French soufflT. If only Offenbach was always treated in such style.

The Times, 1st November 2014
Opera Rara's superb resuscitation of this long-forgotten Offenbach opTra-comique is a delight. Forget the piffle of a plot. Just wallow in the effortlessly tuneful music: a succession of gliding waltzes and featherlight two-steps coloured with some meltingly romantic moments.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
There are certainly some beautiful numbers, such as the duets for Elsbeth and Fantasio, and the orchestration is a joy...The cast, led by Sarah Connolly and Brenda Rae, is first-rate, and Sir Mark Elder provides faultless direction.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Even if the cast's French is sometimes a tad English, this is a deeply committed recording with some fine performances by Connolly, and Neal Davies as Sparck, a kind of perpetual student. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment relish both Offenbach's masterly orchestration and his rhythmic mastery.

Opera Now
This is pure delight... Sarah Connolly is the soulful hero, singing with warmth, depth and feeling; Brenda Rae is the light and charming Elsbeth, also beset by sadness, and there is nice character-work from Victoria Simmonds, Russell Braun, Robert Murray and more. Lovely, sweet and moving.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
While Opera Rara is noted for reviving and recording obscure 19th Century bel canto operas, there has long been a sly side to the company: the operettas of Jacques Offenbach. These comic delights are as well served as the most tragic melodramas of bel canto. The recording is as delightful as the music. There is a light, airy feeling to both. It all brings a smile to the listener. Excellent notes and a French-English libretto are included. The dialog text is indicated in blue in the libretto.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/2013); St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, Engl (12/2013).



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>Offenbach, Jacques : Fantasio, comic opera in 3 acts
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/2013); St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (12/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta