OP3299. MAITRE PIERRE, Broadcast Performance, 1951, Paris, w.Maxim d'Ollone Cond. Radio Lyrique Ensemble; Geori Boué, Jacqueline Cauchard, Henri Le Clézio & Michel Roux, etc.; LE MEDECIN MALGRE LUI - Excerpts, w.Tony Aubin Cond. Radio Lyrique Ensemble; Louis Musy, Freda Betti, Agnès Disney, Lina Dachary, Michel Cadiou, Joseph Peyron & Lucien Lovano (both Gounod). (France) 2-Malibran 193. - 7600003771933
“Gounod was thinking in 1877 of an opera in 4 or 5 acts inspired by this story of carnal love sublimated by faith, a project mentioned by the famous critic Hanslick during the creation of POLYEUCTE. The sulphurous character of such a work nevertheless plunged the musician and his librettist Louis Gallet into embarrassment. The emasculation of Abelard was inconceivable on an opera stage. One imagined for the finale the auto-da-fé of the heretical works of a theologian condemned by his accuser Bernard of Clairvaux, and his assassination on the orders of the Church. The partition, unfinished, had to remain as secret as the marriage of the lovers, according to the will of the musician. A version in three acts preceded by a brief prelude was drawn by Camille St. Saëns after the death of Gounod, then reduced to a piano version by Reynaldo Hahn. The heirs of the composer opposed any public performance. Hahn directed the only final act of the Paraclete at the Colonne Concerts on March 26, 1939, with the participation of Germaine Lubin. The present radio recording of 1951 reproduces most of the 3 acts of the opera, under the direction of Max d'Ollone, Grand Prix of Rome, pupil of Massenet, who had completed the last part.”
- Jean Cabourg
“French soprano Geori Boué was born on 16 October, 1918 in Toulouse and managed an exemplary career in her native country. She studied at the Music Conservatory in Touluse, taking on voice with Claude Jean, piano and harp. She made her début in Toulouse in 1938 and rose to fame singing staples of the French repertoire that include Marguerite from FAUST, Juliette from ROMÉO ET JULIETTE and Manon from Massesent’s opera of the same name. As her career progressed she expanded into other repertoire taking on Gilda in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO, Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, Mimi in LA BOHEME, Cio Cio San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Tatiana in EUGEN ONÉGIN, Desdemona in OTELLO and Thaïs among other roles. In later years CARMEN, WERTHER and numerous operettas would enter her repertoire. She also appeared in a 1943 film entitled LA MALIBRAN.
She also managed an international career in Mexico, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and at La Scala in Milan where she appeared as Mélisande in Debussy’s PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE under the baton of Victor de Sabata. She appeared in that Debussy work alongside her husband Roger Bourdin. She died at age 98, 5 Jan., 2017.”
- David Salazar, operawire.com, 6 Jan., 2017
“Louis Musy was a French operatic baritone and stage director principally active at the Paris Opéra-Comique. His teacher was Léon David. He made his début in LE CHEMINEAU by Leroux in 1925 at the Opéra-Comique and went on to sing many other French and Italian roles in the Opéra-Comique repertoire. Musy was a member of the four-member committee which ran the Opéra-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, Irène 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'ÉCOLE DES MARIS by Emmanuel Bondeville in 1954 (Sganarelle), and LES MOUSQUETAIRES AU COUVENT 1957 (Bridaine) AND LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT in 1958 (Larivaudière). He played Dr. Bartolo in the 1948 Opéra-Comique film of LE BARBIER DE SÉVILLE directed by Jean Loubignac and conducted by André Cluytens.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron
“Born in Besancon, Maximilie d'Ollone started composing very early, entering the Paris Conservatoire at 6, winning many prizes, receiving the encouragement of Gounod, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Thomas and Delibes. His teachers at the Conservatoire were Lavignac, Massenet, Gedalge and Lenepveu; he won the Prix de Rome in 1897. He was Director of Music in Angers, Professor at the Paris Conservatoire and Director of the Opera-Comique.”