Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Philippe Huttenlocher, Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, Gustav Leonhardt|
André-Modeste Grétry: La Caravane du Caire
Genres: World Music, Classical
La Caravane du Caire is one of the rare works that Grétry composed for the Académie Royale that respected the conventions of the institution. Full of verve and color, this opera was one of the greatest successes of his car... more »
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La Caravane du Caire is one of the rare works that Grétry composed for the Académie Royale that respected the conventions of the institution. Full of verve and color, this opera was one of the greatest successes of his career. A few exotic touches and the presence of a ballet also contributed to the score's success.
Gregory M. Gorsuch | N. Charleston, SC USA | 11/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to this complete and beautifully performed opera clearly demonstrates why it was highly acclaimed in its day. Brilliant, melodic passages; memorable tunes; comic touches makes this a gem worth owning. It is rare enough that Grétry is performed, even more rare that his works are performed in their entirety, add to it virtuosity and original instrumentation and you have a masterwork.
This recording went out of print a few years back and so grab it up while you can.
Also included on this recording are exerpted highlights of "The Judgement of Midas" another worderful work."
What a treat!
Brett Farrell | Cape May, NJ USA | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As mentioned before this opera-comique did disappear from print and finding a used copy was just impossible. Thankfully it has been re-released. Of all the Gretry operas recorded this is my favorite. Directed by one of my favorite conductors, Marc Minkowski, with original orchestration this opera will become one of the highlights of any collection. The music is quite good and very unique for it's time. Mozart was one of Gretry's admirers and is said to have kept a Gretry score near his bed side. His influence on Moazrt can definitely be heard. As well as his influence on later French composers such as Boieldieu and Adam.
`La Carvane du Caire' is some of Gretry's most exciting music and it has a slight medieval sound to it and European ideas of Turkish music and genuine Turkish instruments. There is an especially exciting and wonderful drum piece at the end of track 13 and the beginning of the `Danse pour la Turcs'. I didn't know such exciting songs existed during the classical period. It is no wonder that this piece was so sensational when it first premièred. It was preformed over 500 times, a then unheard of thing. It has since slipped away but thankfully has been rediscovered. The public wasn't wrong in their admiration before and we are all the wiser and better off in its admiration today.
The two CD's come in a box but held in paper sleeves. There is a compelte book with a history of the piece and a complete libretto.
Also included is Gretry's worthy `Le Jugement de Midas'. It is but highlights from the original but these pieces are so good you can only help but wish for a complete recording. The story and lyrics are by none other than Voltaire who was an admirer of Gretry's.
I, like the other reviewer, strongly recommend this album. There is not a regrettable piece on it."