Notes & Reviews:
In 'Le Devin du Village,' The shepherd Colin, who has taken to courting a noble lady, grows weary of a life of luxury and returns to his simple country life with the shepherdess Colette. Rousseau could not have come up with a better plot for the impressive and urgent proclamation of the motto that turned the eighteenth century around and upside down: Back to Nature! Tragic subjects from antiquity would no longer monopolize the dramatic realm; the plain, simple, and everyday would finally find a welcome place on the stage. Rousseau’s little opera is endowed with charming, deliberately simple music more than meriting a new recording with historical instruments.
New York Times
There is much beauty and charm in Rousseau's music
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Works DetailsRousseau, Jean-Jacques : Le devin du village
- Performers: Michael Feyfar (Tenor); Gabriela Bürgler; Dominik Wörner (Bass Baritone)
- Conductor: Andreas Reize
- Ensemble: Cantus Firmus
- Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Written: 1752
- Studio/Live: Live