EMMANUEL CHABRIER (1841-1894): Briséïs.
Catalogue Number: 09O037
Reference: CDH 55428
Description: This large-scale grand opera obsessed the composer for the last six years of his life and he left only this completed first act and sketches for which no solutions were found by several of the most famous French composers of the day. Based on Goethe's Gothic ballad Die Braut von Korinth, the supernatural elements were removed and the focus on the strong love pledged each other by the title character and Hylas (to last after death but we never get there - that would have been Act III). A heady mixture of Wagnerian harmonies brought to bear at crucial points on what is otherwise a limpid and elegant, Gallic orchestral style, these 74 minutes will surely leave you wanting more. French-English libretto. Joan Rodgers (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Michael George (bass), Kathryn Harries (mezzo). Chorus of Scottish Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Jean-Yves Ossonce. Original 1995 Hyperion release.