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Pauline García Viardot: Le Darnier Sorcier


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"One hundred fifty years ago, the great mezzo-soprano, composer, and pedagogue Pauline García Viardot created the salon opera Le dernier sorcier ('The Last Sorcerer') in collaboration with the acclaimed Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. The piece centered on themes of power and progress, gender and equality, and the restoration of natural order in an ever-changing world. A chamber opera in two acts, Le dernier sorcier revolves around Krakamiche, a once-powerful sorcerer whose presence in the great woods has upset the fairies, the forest’s rightful inhabitants, and disturbed the harmony of the land. Through the combined efforts of the fairy folk and their queen, the sorcerer's daughter and her prince, and a hapless valet, Krakamiche ultimately learns key truths about humility, love, and living in harmony with the natural world. Viardot's original manuscript, scored for solo voices, treble chorus, and piano, was held in a private collection for over a century, and as such, the work essentially vanished. Recently, the original piano-vocal score was acquired by Harvard University’s Houghton Library, which has granted permission to produce this world premiere recording."
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Item number BRIDGE 9515
Barcode 090404951527
Release date 01/03/2019
Category CD
Label Bridge Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Owens, Eric
Huang, Myra
Styler, Trudie
Barton, Jamie
Harron, Liana Pailodze
Oesterle, Michelle
Manhattan Girls Chorus
Brailey, Sarah
Slattery, Michael
Zabala, Adriana
Zamora, Camille
Composers Viardot, Pauline García
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