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SAINT-SAENS Proserpine. Flemish Radio Choir, Veronique Gens, Marie-Adeline Henry. Ediciones Singulares 2cds + Book

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Saint-Saens Proserpine Flemish Radio Choir Henry Ediciones Singulares 2Cds Book

Saint-Saëns
Proserpine


Véronique Gens : Proserpine
Marie-Adeline Henry : Angiola
Frédéric Antoun : Sabatino
Andrew Foster-Williams : Squarocca
Jean Teitgen : Renzo
Flemish Radio Choir

The protagonist of Saint-Saëns’ Proserpine, premiered at the Opéra-Comique on 14 March 1887, is no reincarnation of the ancient goddess, but a Renaissance courtesan well versed in culpable amours. According to the composer, she is ‘a damned soul for whom true love is a forbidden fruit; as soon as she approaches it, she experiences torture’. Yet for all the innocence of her rival Angiola, the unexpected happens: ‘It is the bloodthirsty beast that is admirable; the sweet creature is no more than pretty and likeable.’ Visibly enraptured by this delight in horror, Saint-Saëns indulges in unprecedented orchestral modernity, piling on the dissonances beneath his characters’ cries of rage or despair. He concluded thus: ‘Proserpine is, of all my stage works, the most advanced in the Wagnerian system.’ The least-known, too, and one which it was high time to reveal to the public, in its second version, revised in 1899.

Book: hard cover, 144 pages,
size 13.5 cm x 21.00 cm, French and English
Limited and numbered edition of 3500

BOOK CONTENTS:
Marie-Gabrielle Soret, From genesis to reception
Gérard Condé, A look through the score
Camille Saint-Saëns, A few remarks on Proserpine
Hugh J. Macdonald, Proserpine, Goddess of the Underworld
Synopsis
Libretto
Cast – Tracklist

Ediciones Singulares 2cds + Book ES1027

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