JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Marie-Magdeleine.
Catalogue Number: 11M049
Reference: GB 2447/8-2
Description: This was Massenet's first vocal work after he hit the big time earlier the same year (1873) with his incidental music to Les erinnyes. Strongly dramatic (it was staged at the Opéra-Comique in 1906), this Drame sacré has only four characters - Mary Magdelene, her sister Martha, Jesus and Judas - but the chorus has a large role in all four parts, from the crowd which insults the Magdelene in part one and Jesus on the cross in part three to the choir announcing the latter's resurrection in part four. There is pastoral, gently rocking music to introduce the work and pseudo-Oriental exoticism to set the second scene in the Magdalene's house but there is also violent and dramatic music for Golgotha. One can easily hear why Bizet sent Massenet a note containing the following: "Never has our modern school produced anything of the kind: you'll give me a fever, you brigand!". French-English texts. Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni (soprano), Laura Brioli (mezzo), Giuseppe Veneziano (tenor), Corrado Cappitta (baritone), Chorus and Symphony Orchestra "Ab Harmoniae"; Daniele Agiman.