Il était une fois... - An imaginary opera focusing of fairytales revisted by the Romantic era with music from La Belle au bois dormant by Charles Silver (1868-1949), Le Petit Poucet by Laurent de Rillé (1828-1915), Cendrillon by Nicolas Isouard (1775-1818), Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot (1821-1910), La Saint-Valentin by Frédéric Toulmouche (1850-1909), La Demoiselle du téléphone by Gaston Serpette (1846-1904), Barbe-bleue, Le voyage dans la lune and La fille du tambour-major by Offenbach, Cendrillon by Massenet and L’Italienne à Alger by Rossini all arranged for Piano Quartet.

Catalogue Number: 10S095

Label: Alpha

Reference: 224

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This project, initiated by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, is constructed like a ‘universal’ fairytale inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, Hop-o’-My-Thumb and others, as set to music by French composers of the Romantic era. Conceived by Alexandre Dratwicki (who also co-wrote the “libretto”) and transcribed by him for piano quartet and two singers, it provides a good 21 minutes of arias by composers you’re not likely to hear much from again (even with the Bru Zane people involved) and a very pleasant full hour of fairy-tale romanticism, French-English libretto. Jodie Devos (soprano), Caroline Meng (mezzo), Quatuor Giardini.

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