Maitre Pierre;   Le Medecin Malgre Lui  (Gounod)   (d'Olonne;  Boue, Aubin, Musy, Peyron)   (2-Malibran 193)
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Maitre Pierre;   Le Medecin Malgre Lui  (Gounod)   (d'Olonne;  Boue, Aubin, Musy, Peyron)   (2-Malibran 193)
OP2171. MA�TRE PIERRE (Gounod), recorded 1951, w.d�Olonne Cond.: G�ori Bou�, Jacqueline Cauchard, Henri le Cl�zio & Michel Roux; LE M�DECIN MALGR� LUI (Gounod) � Excerpts, recorded 1959, w.Aubin Cond. Louis Musy, Freda Betti, Agn�s Disney, Lina Dachary, Michel Cadiou, Joseph Peyron & Lucien Lovano. (France) 2-Malibran 193. Final Copy! - 7600003771933


�This collection includes the first recording on CD of Gounod�s unfinished opera MA�TRE PIERRE. This 1951 radio performance restores the basic 3 acts of the opera. It is conducted by Max d�Ollone, a pupil of Massenet, who completed the final part.�

- Zillah Dorset Akron

"�I would rather have written LE ROI MALGR� LUI than the RING OF THE NIBELUNGEN�. So wrote Maurice Ravel of Emmanuel Chabrier's comic opera LE ROI MALGR� LUI, or The Reluctant King�.Chabrier completed it in early 1887 after just nine months of work, producing a lively and melodic score as well as a diverse one - patter song, love music, a bit of heavy Wagnerian drama (reflecting Chabrier's love of the music of the German master), and energetic dances are all part of the mix.

The opera is based, loosely, on historical figures and events�.LE ROI MALGR� LUI was premiered by the Op�ra-Comique of Paris on 18 May, 1887. Despite the complexities of the plot, Chabrier's music won the day and the performance was very well received, with several numbers encored (although the librettists were booed). But the theatre burnt down after just three performances. Six months later the opera was taken up again at the Th��tre Lyrique, Place du Ch�telet, and thanks to the support of the noted Wagnerian conductor Felix Mottl, the opera was also performed several times in Germany. But the work seemed to lose favor with the public, to a large extent due to the poor libretto (which was revised substantially for revivals in 1888 and 1929), and it has seldom been performed since that 1929 revival. Some excerpts from the opera, notably the �F�te polonaise� from the beginning of Act II, have taken on their own life in the concert hall, ensuring that the work Chabrier once referred to as a �comic opera with elaborate undies� has not disappeared completely from view.�

- Chris Morrison,

"Geori (Georgette) Boue made her Paris debut at the Opera-Comique in 1939, as Mimi in LA BOHEME (singing in the 1,000th performance at the Salle Favart on 3 May 1951), and other roles there included: Lakme, Manon (singing in the 2,000th performance on 18 January 1952), and Ciboulette (first performance at the Opera-Comique). In her HERODIADE, Louise, Gilda, Violetta, Desdemona, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Tatiana, etc. Boue had a clear voice of considerable power, renowned for her impeccable diction, she was widely regarded as one of the greatest French sopranos of the 1940s. She was married to French baritone Roger Bourdin in May 1944, with whom she can be heard in two recordings, FAUST under Thomas Beecham, and THAIS. She retired from the stage in 1970, then died 5 January, 2017, at age 98."

- David Salazar,, 6 Jan., 2017

Louis Musy was a French operatic baritone and stage director principally active at the Paris Opra-Comique. His teacher was Lon David. He made his dbut in LE CHEMINEAU by Leroux in 1925 at the Opra-Comique and went on to sing many other French and Italian roles in the Opra-Comique repertoire. Musy was a member of the four-member committee which ran the Opra-Comique after the liberation of Paris during 1944. From 1947 he was a director of staging at the theatre. His pupils included Xavier Depraz, Jean Dupouy, Jacques Loreau, Irne Sicot and Remy Corazza.

He sang in recordings of CARMEN in 1927 (as Escamillo), FAUST in 1930 (Valentin), THE TALES OF HOFFMAN in 1948 (Lindorf), and LOUISE in 1956 (Father); as well as L'COLE DES MARIS by Emmanuel Bondeville in 1954 (Sganarelle), and LES MOUSQUETAIRES AU COUVENT 1957 (Bridaine) AND LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT in 1958 (Larivaudire). He played Dr. Bartolo in the 1948 Opra-Comique film of LE BARBIER DE SVILLE directed by Jean Loubignac and conducted by Andr Cluytens.

- Zillah Dorset Akron