Mephistopheles and Other Bad Guys

Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

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Voices from the depths

George Bernard Shaw once famously sought to explain many an opera plot by asserting a simple axiom: ‘Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone’. Indeed, this is true of many masterpieces in the canon — from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor to Verdi’s La traviata and Il trovatore and Puccini’s Tosca.

Beyond the masterly humour, Shaw’s words point to the assumption that in opera, specific voice types, both male and female, are associated with certain types of characters. The soprano is the young heroine — and she often dies. The tenor is the hero — and he often dies too. And so on. To be sure, such an assumption, reasonable though it may be, is also commonplace, and to be taken with more than a grain of salt. If one moves both within and away from the bulk of today’s operatic canon, one will find many exceptions to Shaw’s rule. A look at Rossini’s opera serie, for example, will reveal that a tenor can sometimes be a father or a villain. A contralto needs not be to be a mother, an antagonist, or a psychologically complex figure; in numerous nineteenth- century Italian and French operas, male roles (young persons, heroes, and indeed lovers) are assigned to this female voice. And so on.

 

Tracklist

1.
Faust, Le veau d'or est toujours debout
02:17
2.
Faust Vous qui faites l'endormie
03:10
3.
Mefistofel - Son lo Spirito che nega
03:53
4.
Mefistofele Ecco il mondo
02:43
5.
6 Songs, Op. 75: No. 3, Aus Goethes Faust
02:13
6.
Fidelio, Op. 72 Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
03:27
7.
Die Entf?hrung aus dem Serail, K. 384 -Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden
02:19
8.
Die Entf?hrung aus dem Serail, K. 384- O, wie will ich triumphieren
03:44
9.
Der Freisch?tz, J. 277- Schweig! Damit dich niemand warnt
03:17
10.
Les contes d'Hoffmann Prologue. Dans les roles d'amoureux langoureux
02:41
11.
Les contes d'Hoffmann Scintille, diamant
02:40
12.
I Lombardi alla prima crociata - Sciagurata!
05:02
13.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111 Voici des roses
02:37
14.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111 Devant la maison - Serenade of Mephistopheles
02:21
15.
Mephistopheles to Faust
03:00
16.
Mephistopheles's Song in Auerbach's Cellar - Song of the Flea
03:09
17.
The Rake's Progress - I Burn, I Burn! I Freeze!
01:49
18.
Robert le diable - Voici donc les d?bris du monastere antique
03:08
19.
Das Rheingold, WWV 86A: Bin ich nun frei - Alberich's Curse
03:31

Total time: 00:57:01

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen, Erdo Groot

Recording location

Palais du Pharo, Merseille, France

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

64fs

SKU

PTC5186585

Release Date August 8, 2018
SKU PTC5186585

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