Bertin: Fausto (2-CD)

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Bertin: Fausto (2-CD)

Composer: Louise Bertin
Artists: Karine Deshayes, Karina Gauvin, Ante Jerkunica, Nico Darmanin, Marie Gautrot, Diana Axentii, Thibault de Damas, Les Talens Lyriques, Flemish Radio Choir
Conductor: Christopher Rousset
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Bru Zane
Release Date: December 20, 2023

It was around 1825 that Louise Bertin, pupil of Reicha and friend of Berlioz, tackled the subject of Faust with all the energy and confidence of a young woman of twenty. She entirely exceeded the public’s expectations and won over the critics with her daring. Colorful orchestration, charming cantabiles, vigorous choruses – everything seemed to promise the work would enter the repertory. 

But the closure of the Théâtre-Italien after just three performances in 1831 decided otherwise, and the score languished in the vaults of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for 190 years. The leading role, conceived for the mezzo-soprano Rosmunda Pisaroni, was finally created by the tenor Domenico Donzelli.

In this complete recording with period instruments, Christophe Rousset presents the work in its original form, which has never been heard before, even in the composer’s lifetime. Les Talens Lyriques and the Palazzetto Bru Zane join forces in an adventurous French operatic rediscovery.

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