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GRÉTRY, A.-E.-M.: Épreuve villageoise (L') (The Village Trial) [Opéra bouffon] (Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra, R. Brown)

    

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GRÉTRY, A.-E.-M.: Épreuve villageoise (L') (The Village Trial) [Opéra bouffon] (Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra, R. Brown)

L’épreuve villageoise (The Village Trial)—which, in its original form as Théodore et Paulin, was first performed before Marie Antoinette at Versailles—was one of André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s most popular works. For a century after its 1784 première it enjoyed huge acclaim across Europe and even travelled to the New World, where it captivated audiences in New York. Grétry was a master of eighteenth-century opéra comique and this crisp and lively farce centres on a clever farmer’s daughter and her two competing suitors. Employing divergent stylistic registers—finesse and naiveté, music reminiscent of popular song, and extended ensembles—Grétry fashioned a score of sophisticated wit and huge charm.


Grétry, André-Ernest-Modeste
Desforges, Pierre, lyricist(s)

  L'épreuve villageoise
1.   Act I: Ouverture 00:04:19
2.   Act I Scene 1: Couplet I: J' n'avions pas encore quatorze ans - Couplet II: Vous n'savez pas qu'il est jaloux (Denise) 00:02:09
3.   Act I Scene 2: Duo: Bonjour Monsieur (Madame Hubert, La France) 00:05:00
4.   Act I Scene 3: Duo: J'ai fait un bouquet (André, Denise) 00:03:52
5.   Act I Scene 4: Ariette: J' commence à voir que dans la vie (Denise) 00:03:21
6.   Act I Scene 6: Finale: André, tu me l'payras j'en jure - Scene 7: Eh bien Denise, mon billet - Scene 8: Ah venez ma mère et soyez juge (Denise, André, La France, Madame Hubert, Chorus) 00:08:44
7.   Act I: Entr'acte 00:01:09
8.   Act II Scene 1: Couplet I: Bon Dieu com 'à c'te fête - Couplet II: Queu danseux que c'monsieur d'la France - Couplet III: J'peux choisir au moins parmi douze (Denise) 00:02:30
9.   Act II Scene 3: Ariette: Adieu, Marton, adieu, Lisette (La France, Denise) 00:03:36
10.   Act II Scene 4: Trio: Je vous revois (La France, Denise, André) 00:03:07
11.   Act II Scene 5: Duo: Viens mon André (Denise, André) 00:02:38
12.   Act II Scene 6: Finale: Allons tous rendre hommage (La France, Chorus, Denise, André, Madame Hubert) 00:08:46
13.   Act II Scene 6: Ballet: Allegretto 00:00:42
14.   Act II Scene 6: Ballet 00:00:59
15.   Act II Scene 6: Contredanse 00:03:08

Total Playing Time: 00:54:00






Composer(s):
Grétry, André-Ernest-Modeste

Lyricist(s):
Desforges, Pierre

Conductor(s):
Brown, Ryan

Orchestra(s):
Opera Lafayette Orchestra

Choir(s):
Opera Lafayette Chorus

Artist(s):
Dolié, Thomas; Fernández-Rueda, Francisco; Junker, Sophie; Trevigne, Talise

Label: Naxos

Series: Opera Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.660377

Barcode: 730099037778

Physical Release: 11/2016

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