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Le Duc d'Albe

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Originally conceived as the second grand opera the composer was to stage at the Opéra de Paris after Les Martyrs, Donizetti abandoned his score for Le Duc d’Albe after completing only the... read more

Song title Time Format Price
playstop01 Prelude03:46
playstop02 Espagne! Espagne O mon pays04:05
playstop03 Par Saint Jacques, messieurs02:47
playstop04 Voyez donc cette belle02:07
playstop05 C'est donc ici... Daniel03:06
playstop06 Honneur a lui! Ce guerrier02:05
playstop07 Pourquoi dans cette foule01:47
playstop08 Au sein des mers01:55
playstop09 Du courage, du courage et pour braver l'orage02:26
playstop10 Cette fille noble et belle03:27
playstop11 Race faible et poltronne03:10
playstop12 Helene! O ciel!... Henri... Henri02:20
playstop13 Toi... Tu resteras!02:24
playstop14 Puni mon audace! *** FREE DOWNLOAD TRACK ***02:25
playstop15 Je devrrais te punir!01:38
playstop16 Non, non point de grace02:27
playstop17 Je suis libre et sur la terre02:50
playstop18 Liqueur traitresse01:19
playstop19 Ici l'on travail02:48
playstop20 Vive la biere00:34
playstop21 Mais j'entends battre la retraite00:40
playstop22 Es tu seul?02:12
playstop23 Ombre murmure *** FREE DOWNLOAD TRACK ***04:43
playstop24 Quoi! Deja de retour?01:12
playstop25 Plus bas!01:54
playstop26 Vous exposer encore!01:12
playstop27 Comment dans ma reconnaissance02:03
playstop28 Ah oui, longtemps05:05
playstop29 Malheureuse et proscrite01:59
playstop30 Noble martyr de la patrie01:52
playstop31 Les derniers feux06:13
playstop32 Amis! L'heure d'agir01:44
playstop33 Marchons, marchons01:04
playstop34 Liberte, liberte cherie02:59
playstop35 Ciel!01:02
playstop36 Liqueur traitresse00:38
playstop37 Maitre Daniel02:23
playstop38 Nous n'avons qu'un roi01:09
playstop39 Oui, bravons le tyran00:50
playstop40 O ciel! O surprise02:47

Originally conceived as the second grand opera the composer was to stage at the Opéra de Paris after Les Martyrs, Donizetti abandoned his score for Le Duc d’Albe after completing only the first two acts due to conflicts of interest with the theatre. The opera remained unfinished until over 30 years after Donizetti’s death when it was completed by one of his former pupils, Matteo Salvi, using the composer’s sketches for Acts 3 and 4. While the opera has sporadically received performances in its Italian translation (Il duca d’Alba) since its première in 1882, the opera in its original French version was only given its première in 2012 by Vlaamse Opera using a new critical edition prepared by Opera Rara’s Repertoire Consultant, Roger Parker for Ricordi. For this first ever studio recording of Le Duc d’Albe, we decided to record only the first two acts using this new critical edition: “the part of the opera that was 95% completed by Donizetti himself. Acts 3 and 4, although they have some sketches of Donizetti’s ideas, have virtually no orchestration and leave two large sections with virtually no music at all. However, Acts 1 and 2 show thrillingly how, at the end of his hectic career, the composer was still adapting his musical language to new dramatic challenges.” Sir Mark Elder – Opera Rara’s Artistic Director and the Hallé’s Music Director – conducts Angela Meade in her recording debut as Hélène d’Egmont; Michael Spyres as Henri de Bruges, in his second recording for Opera Rara and Laurent Naouri as Le Duc d’Albe.

This recording is available to pre-order ahead of the release date - Friday 26 Feburary 2016. Payment will be taken at the time of ordering and your order will be sent out upon release.

Angela Meade (Hélène d’Egmont), Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges), Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe), Gianluca Buratto (Daniel Brauer), David Stout (Sandoval), Trystan Llyr Griffiths (Carlos), Robin Tritschler (Balbuena), Dawid Kimberg (Un Tavernier). Opera Rara Chorus, Hallé, Sir Mark Elder - conductor
The scene is set in Brussels in the late sixteenth century. The country is under Spanish domination. The Count of Egmont (scion of a wealthy Low Countries’ dynasty) has, the day before the action begins, been beheaded by order of the Duke of Alba, the despotic Spanish ruler of the region. Act 1 The Grand Place in Brussels. Spanish soldiers rejoice while the Flemish populace mutter resentment. Daniel (bass), a master brewer and Flemish patriot, has taken into his care Hélène (soprano), daughter of the Count of Egmont, and escorts her to the very place where her father was executed. Goaded into singing by Spanish soldiers, Hélène launches into a song in defiance of Spanish rule, thereby enthusing the people. Their newfound courage is immediately dampened, though, by the arrival of the feared Duke of Alba (baritone). Henri de Bruges (tenor), a young Flemish firebrand, appears and – unaware of the Duke’s identity – roundly condemns the Spanish overlords. However, and to the amazement of his soldiers, the Duke fails to respond, merely sending everyone away so he can be alone with Henri. The Duke questions Henri about his parentage, and then invites him to enlist in the Spanish army; Henri refuses angrily. Le Duke warns him to stay away from the rebels, but Henri, defiant to the last, enters Daniel’s brasserie as the curtain falls. Act 2 Daniel’s brasserie. The workers celebrate the joys (and lament the painful aftermath) of drinking. They go off to work and Hélène appears. She believes that Henri has been arrested, and calls on the ghost of her father to aid him. Henri arrives and explains how, for reasons he cannot understand, he was released by the Duke. They both swear their love for each other and their commitment to the cause of freedom. Daniel appears with a group of conspirators, who arm themselves with weapons hidden in one of the beer barrels. Spanish soldiers, commanded by Sandoval (bass), burst in and discover the weapons. Everyone is arrested except Henri, who angrily demands why he has been spared. Sandoval tells him it is on the Duke’s orders. The act ends in confusion, neither the conspirators not Henri understanding why he is apparently being shielded by the Duke. The remainder of the opera unfolds as follows. In Act 3, set in the Duke’s study, the governor reveals in a soliloquy how he has discovered that Henri is his long-lost son. He sends for Henri and, to the young man’s horror, reveals the truth of their relationship. Outside the conspirators, including Hélène, are being led to their execution. Henri begs for their lives, but the Duke will only show clemency if Henri acknowledges publicly that they are father and son and agrees to join the Spanish troops. Henri reluctantly agrees. Hélène, Daniel and the others are spared; but they condemn Daniel when they see that he is in the service of the Duc. The first scene of Act 4 takes place in Hélène’s chapel. Hélène reveals that she is determined to assassinate the Duke. Henri tries to dissuade her and admits that the Duke is his father. Hélène is horrified and sends him away. The finale takes place at the port of Antwerp. Soldiers welcome the Duke, who is about to return to Spain. Hélène approaches him, as if to offer a tribute of flowers, and then draws her dagger. Henri throws himself forward to protect the Duke and is stabbed by Hélène. In his dying speech, Henri asks for Hélène’s forgiveness. The Duke curses Flanders while the opposing forces hail or revile him.