LOUIS-FERDINAND HÉROLD (1791-1833): Le Pré aux Clercs.
Catalogue Number: 11S027
Label: Ediciones Singulares
Reference: ES 1025
Description: Premiered at the Opéra-Comique in 1832, this was Hérold’s biggest success and his last opera (he died three weeks after the first performance). From the Overture to the Act III finale, the simplicity of the vocal lines, the impact of the dramatic effects and the effectiveness of the choral writing testify to the flowering of Romanticism and the composer’s assimilation of Rossini, then the paragon of modernity. 2 CDs + book. French-English libretto. Marie-Ève Munger, Jeanne Crousaud (sopranos), Marie Lenormand (mezzo), Michael Spyres, Eric Huchet (tenors), Gulbenkian Chorus and Orchestra; Paul McCreesh.