EDOUARD LALO (1823-1892)/ARTHUR COQUARD (1846-1910): La Jacquerie.
Catalogue Number: 10S027
Label: Ediciones Singulares
Reference: ES 1023
Description: After Fiesque (1868) and Le Roi d’Ys (1888), Lalo embarked on what he intended as his masterpiece: a historical and moral opera set against the background of a peasants’ revolt. But he died unexpectedly, having completed only the first act. His family entrusted Arthur Coquard – a fervent Wagnerian like Lalo – with the task of finishing the job, which he did with incontestable talent. The work multiplies references to Romantic Grand Opera, in particular with its spectacular set designs. With its concise structure and its vocal writing blending Verdian heroism and Wagnerian lyricism, La Jacquerie is a succinct, effective opera, devoid of affectation and premiered at Monte Carlo in March 1895. 2 CDs. French-English librettto. Véronique Gens (soprano), Nora Gubisch (mezzo), Charles Castronovo (tenor), Boris Pinkhasovich (baritone), Chœur de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Patrick Davin.