Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable

Composer Giacomo Meyerbeer
Artist Bryan Hymel Robert
Carmen Giannattasio Alice
Patrizia Ciofi Isabelle
Alastair Miles Bertram
Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Verdi, Salerno
Daniel Oren conductor
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94604
EAN code 5028421946047
Release January 2013

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Dividing his time in the 1830s between Paris and Berlin, renowned German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer was considered the father of the Grand Opéra thanks to his skilful combination of elements of both the German and Italian opera traditions. After a string of unsuccessful attempts at Singspiel, he finally hit the jackpot with his opera Il crociato in Egitto, and later became one of the most respected opera composers of the era.

Robert le Diable was an immediate success after its premiere at the Paris Opéra in 1831 and brought Meyerbeer’s career to new heights. With a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Casimir Delavigne, it narrates the tale of Robert, determined to marry his sweetheart Isabelle, and the influence of his mysterious friend Bertrand, who is entrusted with a mission to possess Robert’s soul for the Devil. The original production was a lavish affair, setting a new record for the most amount of money ever spent on set and costume and thus catering for the expensive taste of the 19th-century Parisian audience. Meyerbeer used many combinations of instruments to convey different moods – the use of two orchestras to portray the deafening expanse of Hell, for example – and his innovative use of dramatic devices, such as chorus members singing into cardboard cones, would have delighted the 19th-century audience.

History has not looked kindly on Robert le Diable, which barely features in music history books published in the twentieth century. It is, however, beginning to enjoy something of a revival; taken from a live performance at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Salerno in 2012, this recording boasts a stellar cast, including Bryan Hymel in the title role and Alastair Miles as Bertrand as well as Carmen Giannattasio, Martial Defontaine, Patrizia Ciofi. The esteemed opera maestro Daniel Oren conducts.

Other information:
- Recorded ‘live’ on 23 March 2012, Teatro Verdi, Salerno.
- A sensational new digital recording of Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable!
- Robert le Diable is one of the most successful and popular operas of 19th century France. Written in the style of “Grande Opéra” it employs German romantic orchestral writing, combined with Italian Belcanto. The libretto is highly melodramatic and sensational, and a staging in the high-tech Paris opera of that time must have been spectacular!
- A more than welcome new recording of this masterwork, of which there are hardly any recordings available!
- Libretto downloadable on www.brilliantclassics.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Robert le Diable: Overture
  2. Robert le Diable, Act 1: Versez à tasse pleine" (Chorus)
  3. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Jadis régnait en Normandie" (Raimbaut)
  4. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Qu’on arrête un vassal insolent!" (Robert, Alice, Alberti, Raimbaut)
  5. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "O mon prince!" (Alice)
  6. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Va, dit-elle, va mon enfant" (Alice)
  7. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Je n’ai pu fermer da paupière!" (Robert)
  8. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Courage! Ta nouvelle conquête est fort bien avec toi" (Bertram)
  9. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Le duc de Normandie – Sicilienne" (Bertram)
  10. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Sicilienne – O fortune à ton caprice" (Robert)
  11. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "J’ai perdu; ma revanche!" (Robert)
  12. Robert le Diable, Act 1: "Malheur sans égal!" (Robert)
  13. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Entr’acte – Que je hais les grandeurs" (Isabelle)
  14. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "En vain j’espère un sort prospère" (Isabelle)
  15. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Approchons sans frayeur!" (Chorus)
  16. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Idole de ma vie" (Isabelle)
  17. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Courage! allons montrez-vous à ses yeux" (Alice)
  18. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Avec bonté voyez ma peine" (Robert, Isabelle)
  19. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Mon coeur s’élance et palpite" (Isabelle, Robert)
  20. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Oui! dans ces combats guerriers" (Robert)
  21. Robert le Diable, Act 2: Ballet
  22. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Quand tous nous chevaliers" (Herald)
  23. Robert le Diable, Act 2: "Voici le signal des combats" (Chorus)

Disk 2

  1. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Du rendez-vous voici l’heureux instant" (Raimbaut)
  2. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Ah! l’honnête homme!" (Bertram, Raimbaut)
  3. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Encore un de gagné!…O mon fils!" (Bertram)
  4. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "La Valse infernale…Raimbaut! dans ce lieu solitaire" (Alice)
  5. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Quand je quittai la Normandie" (Alice)
  6. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "O ciel le bruit redouble" (Alice)
  7. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "L’arrêt est prononcé!" (Bertram)
  8. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Mais Alice, qu’as-tu donc!" (Alice, Bertram)
  9. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Fatal moment, cruel mystère" (Alice, Bertram, Robert)
  10. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Qu’a-t’elle donc?" (Robert)
  11. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Si j’aurai ce courage?" (Robert, Bertram)
  12. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Voici donc les débris du monastère" (Bertram)
  13. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Nonnes, qui reposez" (Bertram)
  14. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Procession of nuns
  15. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Jadis filles du ciel" (Bertram)
  16. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Baccanale
  17. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Voici ce lieu témoin" (Robert)
  18. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Air de ballet No. 3
  19. Robert le Diable, Act 3: "Il est à nous!" (Chorus)

Disk 3

  1. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Noble et belle Isabelle…Douce ivresse la tandresse" (Chorus)
  2. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Mais n’est-ce pas cette jeune étrangère" (Isabelle)
  3. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Frappez les airs, cris d’allègresse" (Chorus)
  4. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Du magique rameau" (Robert)
  5. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Ah! qu’elle este belle!" (Robert)
  6. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Ou suis-je?" (Isabelle)
  7. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Grand Dieu, toi qui voit mes alarmes" (Isabelle, Robert)
  8. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Robert, toi que j’aime" (Isabelle)
  9. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Mon coeur s’émeut" (Robert)
  10. Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Quelle aventure!" (Chorus)
  11. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "Malheureux ou coupable" (Chorus of basses)
  12. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "Dans ce lieu pourquoi me forcer" (Bertram)
  13. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "O ciel, qui donc es-tu?" (Robert)
  14. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "Je t’ai trompé, je fus coupable" (Bertram)
  15. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "L’arrêt est prononcé" (Robert)
  16. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "A tes lois je soucris" (Robert)
  17. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "Mon fils, ma tendresse assidue" (Robert)
  18. Robert le Diable, Act 5: "Chantez, troupe immortelle" (Chorus)