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Opera in English - Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles / Cohen, Keenlyside, Banks, Evans, Miles, et al

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>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Act 1. Prelude
>     Act 1. no 1a. Introduction. At the break of day with the w
>     Act 1. no 1b. Scene and Chorus. My friends, you must delay
>     Act 1. no 1c. Recitative and Chorus reprise. Stay here and
>     Act 1. no 2a. Recitative. At last I have found you again!
>     Act 1. no 2b. Duet. Then from the holy shrine
>     Act 1. no 4a. Recitative. Hearing her voice my soul is a c
>     Act 1. no 4b. Romance. Again her voice will haunt me
>     Act 1. no 5. Air and Chorus. Brahma the god, sovereign of
>     Act 2. no 7. Recitative and Cavatina. I am alone here in t
>     Act 2. no 8. Chanson. My love was weeping while she was sl
>     Act 2. no 9. Duo. Leila! Leila!
>     Act 3. no 11. Entr'acte, Recitative and Air. The storm has
>     Act 3. no 12a. Recitative. (She is here! My heart... is po
>     Act 3. no 12b. Duo. (I would speak, but I cannot)
>     Act 3. no 14. Scene and Duo. Spirits of dreadful night
>     Act 3. no 15. Trio (posthumous). Sacred light of being

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bizet's exotic opera 'The Pearl Fishers' is not as well known as 'Carmen' but contains a wealth of attractive music, including the popular duet 'Au fond du Temple saint' (Then from the holy shrine). This duet has been voted one of the UK's favourite tunes and whilst most people will not know the title they will certainly recognize the music. Rebecca Evans, Barry Banks, Simon Keenlyside and Alastair Miles are accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the young Australian conductor Brad Cohen who produced a new edition of Bizet's original score of 1863 for this recording.

BBC Music Magazine
Au fond du temple saint' has long been a favourite in the recording studio. Barry Banks and Simon Keenlyside, singing the aria in English... do Bizet proud. Banks and Rebecca Evans as the priestess Leïla make the most of their seductive Act II number 'Leïla! Leïla!'. And when Leïla begs Zurga to spare his rival's life Keenlyside makes 'I would speak but I cannot' into a genuine feast.



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>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 1a. Introduction. At the break of day with the w
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 1b. Scene and Chorus. My friends, you must delay
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 1c. Recitative and Chorus reprise. Stay here and
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 2a. Recitative. At last I have found you again!
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 2b. Duet. Then from the holy shrine
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 4a. Recitative. Hearing her voice my soul is a c
  • Performer: Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 4b. Romance. Again her voice will haunt me
  • Performers: Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. no 5. Air and Chorus. Brahma the god, sovereign of
  • Performers: Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 2. no 7. Recitative and Cavatina. I am alone here in t
  • Performer: Rebecca Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 2. no 8. Chanson. My love was weeping while she was sl
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Rebecca Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 2. no 9. Duo. Leila! Leila!
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Rebecca Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 3. no 11. Entr'acte, Recitative and Air. The storm has
  • Performer: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 3. no 12a. Recitative. (She is here! My heart... is po
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Rebecca Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 3. no 12b. Duo. (I would speak, but I cannot)
  • Performers: Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 3. no 14. Scene and Duo. Spirits of dreadful night
  • Performers: Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Alastair Miles; Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 3. no 15. Trio (posthumous). Sacred light of being
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Rebecca Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 3. no 2b (posthumous ending). Duet. Then from the holy
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Brad Cohen
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (09/10/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863