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Entre Nous: Celebrating Offenbach

Album Summary

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann
>Offenbach, Jacques : Genevieve de Brabant, opera in 2, 3, & 5 act versions
>Offenbach, Jacques : La jolie parfumeuse, comic opera in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Le pont des soupirs
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les braconniers, operetta in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : La permission de dix heures, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert, comic opera in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les deux pecheurs, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : La creole, comic opera in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Monsieur et Madame Denis, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : Belle Lurette, operetta in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : La diva, operetta in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les bergers, comic opera in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : La rose de Saint-Fleur, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Boules de neige, landler for piano
>Offenbach, Jacques : L' ile de Tulipatan, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : La boulangere a des ecus, operetta in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Une nuit blanche, comic opera in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : Il signor Fagotto, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : Maitre Peronilla, operetta in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Le fifre enchante, ou Le soldat magicien, operetta in 1 act
>Offenbach, Jacques : Le chateau e Toto, operetta in 3 acts
>Offenbach, Jacques : Le Roi Carotte, operetta in 4 acts
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Notes & Reviews:

Opera Rara's latest release features a glittering array of singing stars heard in a double helping of delightful rarities by Jacques Offenbach. In the course of his impressive career as a prolific composer, thriving theatre impresario and trenchant satirist, the German-born master of French operetta penned over 100 stage works, replete with Offenbachian charm and wit. This remarkable search-and-rescue mission brings to light such forgotten gems as the once wildly popular 'Genevieve de Brabant,' the semi-serious 'Vert-Vert,' the risque 'La Jolie Parfumeuse,' the preposterous 'La Diva" and the hilarious 'Le Roi Carotte'.

BBC Music Magazine
Too many highlights to choose from, but for starters there's Diana Montague and Mark le Brocq in a winning duet from Les Braconniers, Laura Claycomb's peerless vocalism in the haunting extract from Monsieur et Madame Denis, the train journey ensemble from Le Roi Carotte, and many more. Indispensable for Offenbach fans.

Gramophone Magazine
All but dedicated misanthropes will find this set entrancing; highly recommended.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Offenbach composed over 100 works for the stage, only a few of which have been recorded complete. This groundbreaking set offers 41 extracts from two dozen comic operas from the master of irony and melody, ranging from the early Une nuit blanche - which was on the bill at the opening night of Les Bouffes Parisiens in 1855 - to elaborate spectacles such as Les bergers, an essay in time travel from ancient Greece to modern France, Vert-Vert, which features a dead parrot, and Le voyage dans la lune, in which the Moonfolk catch that dirty disease from Earth - love. Offenbach tailored all his operas to particular performers, and it is a challenge to modern singers to find their own way of suggesting the outsize personalities of such stars as Hortense Schneider and Zulmar Bouffar. Colin Lee is splendid in an aria written for Etienne Pradeau in La rose de Saint-Flour, in which a stuttering coppersmith brings a cooking-pot as a gift to his beloved. Yvonne Kenny and Alexandra Sherman offer the contrasting personalities of the two heroines of La créole, while Jennifer Larmore takes on the shade of Schneider in La diva, with an outrageous parody of the Act 2 finale of Latraviata. From Geneviève de Brabant comes a nifty little rondo about a pâté, sung by Cassandre Berthon, and Offenbach's first opera based on a story by ETA Hoffmann, Le roi carotte, gives us a 'Ronde de chemins de fer', one of the earliest operatic train journeys. Le fifre enchanté has a giddy coloratura marching song which Laura Claycomb negotiates with panache. Even from the extracts it's easy to gauge the thin line Offenbach and his librettists were treading visà- vis the censors with works like La jolie parfumeuse (hear Mark Stone sing 'Pardieu!'), LesBraconniers - Diana Montague in a typical Bouffar moment celebrating her lover's 'grosse frimousse' - and L'île de Tulipatan, a satire on the folly of emperors, as Loïc Félix as King Cacatois sings about gossip columns. All but dedicated misanthropes will find this set entrancing; highly recommended.



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Works Details

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann :: Overture
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Geneviève de Brabant, opera in 2, 3, & 5 act versions :: Rondo du pâté
  • Performer: Cassandre Berthon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1859-1875

>Offenbach, Jacques : La jolie parfumeuse, comic opera in 3 acts :: Je peins, je crayonne
  • Performers: Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Alexandra Sherman (Mezzo Soprano); Loïc Félix (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La jolie parfumeuse, comic opera in 3 acts :: Pardieu
  • Performer: Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La jolie parfumeuse, comic opera in 3 acts :: Air de Polacca
  • Performer: Laura Claycomb (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Le pont des soupirs :: Ah! Le Doge!
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Loïc Félix (Voice); Colin Lee (Tenor); Andre Cognet (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1861-1868

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les braconniers, operetta in 3 acts :: Oh! Ma chère femme
  • Performers: Mark Le Brocq (Tenor); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La permission de dix heures, operetta in 1 act :: Ah! Quelle douce ivresse!
  • Performers: Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Andre Cognet (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : La permission de dix heures, operetta in 1 act :: Allons!
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert, comic opera in 3 acts :: Oraison Funèbre
  • Performers: Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Alexandra Sherman (Mezzo Soprano); Colin Lee (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les deux pêcheurs, operetta in 1 act :: Ballade, Castilbêta
  • Performers: Loïc Félix (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : La créole, comic opera in 3 acts :: J'avais bien vu
  • Performer: Yvonne Kenny (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Monsieur et Madame Denis, operetta in 1 act :: La Chaconne
  • Performer: Laura Claycomb (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann :: Ariette de la Princesse
  • Performer: Elizabeth Vidal (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann :: Final de la neige
  • Performers: Alastair Miles (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Alexandra Sherman (Mezzo Soprano); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Belle Lurette, operetta in 3 acts :: Ce fut à Londres
  • Performers: Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Loïc Félix (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Belle Lurette, operetta in 3 acts :: Belle Lurette a des beaux yeux
  • Performers: Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Andre Cognet (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La diva, operetta in 3 acts :: L'air, disait-il
  • Performer: Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : La diva, operetta in 3 acts :: Tu la connais
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); Colin Lee (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : La diva, operetta in 3 acts :: Act 2. Finale
  • Performers: Mark Le Brocq (Tenor); Alastair Miles (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Loïc Félix (Voice); Colin Lee (Tenor); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les bergers, comic opera in 3 acts :: En attendant l'hymen
  • Performers: Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Mark Le Brocq (Tenor); Loïc Félix (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les bergers, comic opera in 3 acts :: Reconnais-tu la voix
  • Performers: Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Colin Lee (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann :: Je regarde vos jolis yeux
  • Performer: Yvonne Kenny (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann :: Ohé! Ohé!
  • Performer: Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La rose de Saint-Fleur, operetta in 1 act :: Chette marmite neuve
  • Performer: Colin Lee (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Boules de neige, landler for piano :: Conspiration des guitares
  • Performers: Mark Le Brocq (Tenor); Alastair Miles (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Andre Cognet (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : L' île de Tulipatan, operetta in 1 act :: Couplets de Canard
  • Performer: Loïc Félix (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La boulangère a des écus, operetta in 3 acts :: Ce qu' j'ai
  • Performer: Cassandre Berthon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La boulangère a des écus, operetta in 3 acts :: Ah! Qu'il est beau
  • Performers: Cassandre Berthon (Soprano); Mark Le Brocq (Tenor); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Loïc Félix (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Une nuit blanche, comic opera in 1 act :: Allons, Fanchette...Aimons le vin
  • Performers: Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Colin Lee (Tenor); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Il signor Fagotto, operetta in 1 act :: Nous voilà seuls
  • Performers: Cassandre Berthon (Soprano); Mark Le Brocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : La créole, comic opera in 3 acts :: Berceuse
  • Performer: Alexandra Sherman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Maître Péronilla, operetta in 3 acts :: Couplets des petits valets
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); Loïc Félix (Voice); Andre Cognet (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Le fifre enchanté, ou Le soldat magicien, operetta in 1 act :: Qui! ce fifre
  • Performers: Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Le fifre enchanté, ou Le soldat magicien, operetta in 1 act :: Ah! Pour moi
  • Performer: Laura Claycomb (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Le chateau è Toto, operetta in 3 acts :: Va-t'en donc
  • Performers: Loïc Félix (Voice); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Le chateau è Toto, operetta in 3 acts :: Entre nous
  • Performers: Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Le Roi Carotte, operetta in 4 acts :: Ronde des Chemins de fer
  • Performers: Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Alastair Miles (Voice); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert, comic opera in 3 acts :: Barcarolle
  • Performer: Colin Lee (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Boules de neige, landler for piano :: Choeur du lunch et Brindisi
  • Performers: Alastair Miles (Voice); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Wilde (Tenor); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Alexandra Sherman (Mezzo Soprano); Loïc Félix (Voice); Andre Cognet (Voice); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Belle Lurette, operetta in 3 acts :: Ronde et ensemble
  • Performers: Cassandre Berthon (Soprano); Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta