Offenbach: La princesse de Tr├ębizonde (complete operetta)

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Offenbach: La princesse de Trébizonde (complete operetta)
Anne-Catherine Gillet, Virginie Verrez, Antoinette Dennefeld, Josh Lovell / Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Rara Chorus, Paul Daniel

[ Opera Rara / 2 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 22 September 2023

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A travelling circus, an innocent prince in love with a waxwork and a lottery ticket to win a magnificent castle… What can possibly go wrong? The delightful opera La Princesse de Trébizonde is packed with earworm melodies and irresistible joie-de-vivre characteristic of Offenbach's musical style.

Following the award-winning releases of Fantasio (2015) and Vert-Vert (2009), Opera Rara presents its 4th complete opera recording by Jacques Offenbach, a composer considered the father of the operetta and whose pioneering work influenced greatly many composers in the 20th century.

Conductor Paul Daniel leads an all-star cast including Virginie Verrez and Anne-Catherine Gillet in this premiere recording of Jean-Christophe Keck's critical edition.

"a score that races and fizzes like a well-tuned steam train and telling teases about upwardly mobile social ambitions and an infantilised ruling class...the hero of this splendid set is Paul Daniel, who knows exactly how to take risks with Offenbach's tempos, the final galop leaving you completely winded. Daniel and the LPO remind us of how skilled an orchestrator Offenbach was." BBC Music Five Stars

"The orchestra slips easily between pastel delicacy and breezy panache, the chorus is up-front, crisp and bright and the whole thing has an immediacy that Daniel suggests is an attempt to recreate the acoustic of the Bouffes-Parisiens." Gramophone Recording of the Month November 2023

Fantasio, Act 1: Overture