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PETITGIRARD, L.: Guru [Opera] (Claessens, Petrovna, Do, Wierzba, Kahn, Vidal, Budapest Studio Choir, Hungarian Symphony, Petitgirard)

    




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PETITGIRARD, L.: Guru [Opera] (Claessens, Petrovna, Do, Wierzba, Kahn, Vidal, Budapest Studio Choir, Hungarian Symphony, Petitgirard)

Prize-winning French composer Laurent Petitgirard has written accomplished music in many forms, notably symphonic and music for film and television, but it is as an operatic composer that he has received perhaps the greatest acclaim. His opera on the subject of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man [Naxos CD 8.557608–09 / Marco Polo DVD 2.220001] was hailed as “a compelling and moving score—the composer’s melodic gift is very much his own” (Sunday Telegraph). Guru, completed in 2009, is a work of similar stature. Ostensibly it concerns mass suicides in a cult, reminiscent of the 1978 Jonestown suicides, but Petitgirard’s pleas for humanity, and against manipulation, are expressed with tremendous, very personal power, and compelling theatrical immediacy.



Disc 1

Petitgirard, Laurent
Maurel, Xavier, lyricist(s)

  Guru
1.   Act I: Prologue (Choir) 00:02:39
2.   Act I Scene 1 (Victor, Carelli, Guru, New Disciples, Choir) 00:07:54
3.   Act I Scene 2 (Guru, Victor, Carelli, New Disciples, Choir) 00:07:40
4.   Act I Scene 3 (Guru, Marie, Victor) 00:04:29
5.   Act I Scene 4 (Guru, Victor) 00:03:42
6.   Act I Scene 5 (Iris, Guru) 00:05:42
7.   Act I Scene 6 (Guru) 00:04:02
8.   Act II Scene 1 (Marie, Marthe, New Disciples, Choir) 00:05:06
9.   Act II Scene 2 (Marie, Marthe, Guru, New Disciples, Choir) 00:08:30
10.   Act II Scene 3 (Marie, Guru) 00:07:44
11.   Act II Scene 4: Part 1 (Iris, Marthe, Guru, Victor, Carelli, Marie, New Disciples, Choir) 00:09:08
12.   Act II Scene 4: Part 2 (Guru, Victor, Carelli, New Disciples, Choir) 00:04:30


Disc 2

Petitgirard, Laurent
Maurel, Xavier, lyricist(s)

  Guru
1.   Act III: Prologue 00:02:56
2.   Act III Scene 1 (Iris) 00:07:28
3.   Act III Scene 2 (Guru, Carelli, New Disciples, Choir) 00:06:15
4.   Act III Scene 3 (Marthe, Guru, New Disciples, Choir) 00:04:44
5.   Act III Scene 4 (Carelli, Guru, Marie, Victor, New Disciples, Choir) 00:11:55
6.   Act III Scene 5 (Marie, Guru, Carelli, New Disciples, Choir) 00:03:30
7.   Act III Scene 6 (Marie) 00:03:44
8.   Act III Scene 7 (Guru, New Disciples, Choir) 00:04:08
9.   Act III Scene 8 (Guru, Marie) 00:04:45

Total Playing Time: 02:00:31






Composer(s):
Petitgirard, Laurent

Lyricist(s):
Maurel, Xavier

Conductor(s):
Petitgirard, Laurent

Orchestra(s):
Hungarian Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
Budapest Studio Choir; Honved Male Choir

Artist(s):
Claessens, Hubert; Csereklyei, Andrea; Dezso, Sara; Do, Philippe; Fodre, Lajos; Galbacs, Gabriella; Kahn, Philippe; Mikecz, Kornel; Petrovna, Sonia; Philipp, Gyorgy; Vidal, Marie-Noele; Wierzba, Karen

Label: Naxos

Series: Opera Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.660300-01

Barcode: 730099030076

Physical Release: 08/2011

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