Les Pêcheurs de Perles (CD)

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles (CD)
Hybrid SACD
Audio CD (May 4, 2018)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
Label: Pentatone

Les Pêcheurs de perles is best known for its glorious duet, but Georges Bizets opera has much more to offer. This live recording more than ever brings out the brilliance of this oriental story about love, duty and friendship. In the last 150 years, Bizets piece has mainly been heard in editions that stray from the composers original composition. This album on the contrary - offers the first recording in history of the 1863 premiere version, reconstructed and published by Barenreiter in 2015.

Les Pêcheurs de perles contains a quintessentially French blend of lyricism, exoticism and drama, and the four soloists (Julie Fuchs as Leïla, Cyrille Dubois as Nadir, Florian Sempey as Zurga and Luc Bertin-Hugault as Nourabad) belong to todays best performers for this specialist repertoire. Their vocal excellence is matched by the choral contributions of Les Cris de Paris.

The rich sound palette of Les Pêcheurs is fully brought to life by the inspired playing of the Orchestre National de Lille under the baton of its new Music Director Alexandre Bloch.

History

Georges Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Few operas can match the sheer lyric beauty of Bizet’s youthful The Pearl Fishers. Critics at the time were not in favor of it but the audience was swept up in the ravishing score tinged with the allure of a mythical South Asian setting. The drama itself remains within the conventional standards of the day, with a love triangle complicated by the true friendship of the two men involved in it. Although not performed frequently, the opera successfully stands on its own when appreciated for its unique atmosphere, rather than compared to the composer’s later masterpiece, Carmen, or held up to modern notions of dramatic plausibility.

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