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Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: Gustave III Ou Le Bal Masqué Classical, Box set

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Disc: 1
1. Acte I: Ov - Orch Lyrique Francais/Claire Marchand
2. Acte I: Intro - Roger Pujol/Gilles Dubernet/Ens Vox Intermezzo/Claire Marchand
3. Acte I: Air - Laurence Dale
4. Acte I: Recit Et Choeur - Brigitte Lafon/Laurence Dale/Gilles Dubernet/Franck Leguerinel/Christian Treguier...
5. Acte I: Duo Et Recit - Laurence Dale/Christian Treguier
6. Acte I: Recit - Brigitte Lafon/Laurence Dale/Christian Treguier
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Disc: 2
1. Acte II: Choeur Et Ronde - Brigitte Lafon/Rima Tawil/Valerie Marestin/Laurence Dale/Roger Pujol/Gilles Dubernet...
2. Acte II: Scene Et Morceau D' Ens - Brigitte Lafon/Valerie Marestin/Laurence Dale/Roger Pujol/Gilles Dubernet/Christian Treguier...
3. Acte II: Final - Brigitte Lafon/Valerie Marestin/Laurence Dale/Roger Pujol/Patrick Foucher/Gilles Dubernet...
4. Acte III: Air - Rima Tawil
5. Acte III: Duo - Rima Tawil/Laurence Dale
6. Acte III: Recit - Rima Tawil/Laurence Dale/Christian Treguier
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Disc: 3
1. Act V: Air - Laurence Dale
2. Act V: Recit - Laurence Dale/Franck Leguerinel
3. Act V: Choeur - Ens Vox Intermezzo/Claire Marchand
4. Act V: Premier Air De Danse (Allemande) - Orch Lyrique Francais/Claire Marchand
5. Act V: Deuxieme Air De Danse (Pas Des Folies) - Orch Lyrique Francais/Claire Marchand
6. Act V: Troisieme Air De Danse (Menuet) - Orch Lyrique Francais/Claire Marchand
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Bring it back!!! Feb. 23 2013
By Alan Montgomery - Published on
The operas of Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber have long since slipped out of anyone's repertoire. Only Fra Diavolo gets an occasional outing. Le Domino Noir was brushed up a few years ago by Bonynge and Sumi Jo.
This recording is first rate and deserves to be heard. It is the opera and story Verdi absconded for his Un Ballo in Maschera. Many people have said Auber is better. To my ears, those people may be right.
I have never found Ballo to be as good as other Verdi operas. It has too many effects numbers, like the laughing chorus, or the "stealthy" motifs.

Auber gives an honest, stylish account of the story (very close in form to Verdi's) and does not resort to "clever" moments like the final minuet leading into the assassination. The passions are not short changed, but they aren't Italian either. They have poise and poignance. Michel Swierczewski conducts a wonderful account of the score. The singers actually attempt to sing in bel canto style, without heaviness and with legato phrasing. There is not one Italianate voice in the lot.

Laurence Dale is Gustave, and he sings beautifully. His characterisation is clear and moving. Rima Tawil is not a name I know, and her voice is slightly tremulous. But Amelie is even harder than Amelia of Verdi! Christian Treguler is Ankastrom (Amelie's husband), and his change from loyal friend to betrayed husband is heard quite clearly in his voice. The entire cast is firmly in the French style. This recording needs to return to the catalogue so people can compare to Verdi. You will be surprised who might just win out.