BY JACQUES OFFENBACH
To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach (20/06/1819) and to mark the new CD-book release of the ‘French opera’ series, Bru Zane Classical Radio broadcasts on Thursday 20 June at 9 p.m. La Périchole. It is a world premiere recording on period instruments of this opéra-bouffe (version in 3 acts).
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement by Mérimée.
First premiered on 6 October 1868 at the Théâtre des Variétés, Paris (first version in 2 acts).
Second version in 3 acts and 4 tableaux on 25 April 1874.
LES MUSICIENS DU LOUVRE
CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA NATIONAL DE BORDEAUX
Marc Minkowski, conductor
with Aude Extrémo, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Alexandre Duhamel, Éric Huchet, Marc Mauillon, Enguerrand de Hys, François Pardailhé, Olivia Doray, Julie Pasturaud, Mélodie Ruvio, Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Jean Sclavis
Offenbach’s La Périchole (1868) will never cease to delights music lovers of all persuasions. Marc Minkowski – long one of the composer’s prophets – was keen to pay tribute to him with this world premiere recording on period instruments, in the company of the young school of French singers, including the bewitching Aude Extrémo, the dashing Stanislas de Barbeyrac and the hilarious Alexandre Duhamel. Combining fashionable rhythms with the most unexpected touches of folklore, the score is a veritable flood of hit numbers. How can one not be swept away by the insolence of the Seguidilla, the frenzy of the Bolero or the furious rhythm of the Prison Trio? Never before, perhaps, had Offenbach gone so far in caricaturing political leaders – nor used drunkenness to resolve the imbroglio of inextricable sentimental relationships. And indeed, the ‘Tipsy Arietta’ is one of the composer’s best-known numbers.