Duets from Rare French Romantic OperasFROMENTAL HALÉVY (1799-1862): Charles VI, CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Henry VIII, JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Ève and Le Mage, CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893): Polyeucte, ÉMILE PALADILHE (1844-1926): Patrie!, AMBROISE THOMAS (1811-1896): Le Caïd.
Catalogue Number: 05N035
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Needless to say, these duets are likely to be the only way you’re going to hear any music from probably all of these operas but Saint-Saëns, certainly in new recordings. There are uncommonly good notes on French Romantic opera and its performance venues as well as notes on each of the operas excerpted here and descriptions of the place the duet has in the opera. Texts available on-line. Hjördis Thébault (soprano), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (baritone), Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra; Didier Talpain.