JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Don César de Bazan (1888 version).

Catalogue Number: 06V031

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.660464-65

Format: CD

Price: $23.98

Description: This was the young Massenet’s first full-length opera and yet it is filled with the composer’s mature symphonic style, his gift for melody, feeling for the picturesque, and vivacity of rhythm. A narrative of dashing chivalry and romance set in the late 16th century Spain of Charles II, its plot revolves around deception and comedies of reversed identity, with a struggle between true nobility and wicked selfishness maintaining an animated momentum throughout. 2 CDs. French libretto available online. Elsa Dreisig (soprano), Marion Lebègue (mezzo), Thomas Bettinger (tenor), Laurent Naouri (baritone), Ensemble Aedes, Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes; Mathieu Romano.

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