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Opera Explained: MASSENET - Werther (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: MASSENET - Werther (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to… MASSENET Werther

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-100-5

Cat no.: 8.558173

Massenet's Werther combines a deeply tender story with music of beauty and eloquence. One act alone contains two of the greatest arias in the repertoire: the mezzo-soprano aria 'Va! Laisse couler mes larmes' and the tenor's 'Pourquoi me rèveiller'. In their sentimental power and melodic richness these arias encapsulate the qualities that account for the universal popularity of this great work.

  An Introduction to... MASSENET Werther
1.   Introduction 00:04:25
2.   Ballet in French opera 00:03:47
3.   French opera in the 1800s 00:03:59
4.   Other French opera composers 00:05:12
5.   Goethe and the plot of Werther 00:05:17
6.   Prelude and opening of Act I 00:07:24
7.   Charlotte enters 00:04:13
8.   Charlotte and Werther return from the ball 00:06:31
9.   Act II, three months later 00:05:12
10.   Albert confronts Werther 00:05:38
11.   Charlotte discourages Werther 00:03:13
12.   Act III: Prelude and "Letter Scene" 00:05:39
13.   Sophie comes to cheer up Charlotte 00:04:44
14.   Charlotte and Werther 00:05:45
15.   Act IV, Werther's apartment 00:04:26
16.   "Tout est fini" 00:03:49

Total Playing Time: 01:19:14

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558173

Barcode: 636943817322

Physical Release: 07/2005

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