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  • Performer: José Van Dam, Gabriel Bacquier, Marcel Vanaud, Nicolai Gedda
  • Orchestra: Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, Orfeón Donostiarra
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005GJC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : PréludeLawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Roi Laïos (Les Femmes Thébaines, Le Grand-Prêtre)Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Thèbes, Chante, Des Sept Portes (Les Guerriers Thébains, Le Grand-Prêtre, Les Bergers, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Enfant Divin, Royal Enfant (Les Bergers, Les Femmes Thébaines, Les Guerriers Thébains, Créon)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Défilé Et Danse Des Bergers, Des Femmes Thébaines Et Des Guerriers ThébainsLawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : J'apporte De Délos La Flamme D'Apollon (Les Vierges Thébaines, Le Grand-Prêtre, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte I (Prologue) : Enfant, Mon Enfant (Jocaste, Laïos, Tirésias, Le Choeur, Le Grand-Prêtre)Lawrence Foster - John Aler - Gabriel Bacquier - Brigitte Fassbaender - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Prélude. Adonis Couché Sur La Pourpre Et L'orLawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Oedipe, Ô Fils De Polybos (Phorbas, Le Choeur, Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Laurence Albert - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Ah ! Goûtez Sans Moi Aux Plaisirs Permis (Oedipe, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Pourquoi Trembler, Mon Fils ? (Mérope, Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jocelyne Taillon - Jose Van Dam 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 1er Tableau : Et Je Me Couvrirai D'un Bouclier Joyeux (Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Est-Ce Déjà Le Roi ? (Le Berger)Lawrence Foster - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Où Suis-Je ? Le Corbeau Crie (Oedipe)Jose Van Dam - Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 2ème Tableau : Mais Si C'était Un Piège Du Dieu ? (Oedipe, Laïos, Le Berger)Lawrence Foster - John Aler - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : InterludeLawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : De L'aurore À L'aurore (Le Veilleur)Lawrence Foster - Jean Philippe Courtis - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Il Est Un Breuvage (Oedipe, Le Veilleur)Lawrence Foster - Jean Philippe Courtis - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 6:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Je T'attendrais (La Sphinge, Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Marjana Lipovsek - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Ho ! Ho ! Réveillez Vous, Thébains ! (Le Veilleur, Oedipe, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Jean Philippe Courtis - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte II - 3ème Tableau : Evohé ! Evohé ! (Les Vierge Thébaines, Le Choeur, Les Enfants)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Petits Chanteurs De Monaco 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Oh ! Oh ! Hélàs ! (Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : De L'antique Kadmos (Oedipe, Le Grand-Prêtre, Le Choeur, Créon)Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Créon ! Créon ! Voici Créon (Le Choeur, Oedipe, Créon, Le Berger)Lawrence Foster - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Divin Tiresias (Oedipe, Tiresias, Le Choeur, Le Choeur, Créon)Lawrence Foster - Gabriel Bacquier - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Qu'entends Je, Oedipe ? (Jocaste, Oedipe, Le Choeur, Le Berger, Phorbas)Lawrence Foster - Laurence Albert - Brigitte Fassbaender - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 9:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Reconnais-Tu Cet Homme ? (Oedipe, Le Berger, Le Choeur, Phorbas)Lawrence Foster - Laurence Albert - Nicolai Gedda - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Voyez, Thébains, Voyez ! (Oedipe, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Cornelius Hauptmann - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Père, Père (Antigone, Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Il Faut Partir, Oedipe (Créon, Oedipe, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte III : Je Marcherai Dans Les Ténèbres (Oedipe, Antigone, Le Choeur)Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Prélude. Bienveillantes ! Bienfaisantes ! (Les Vieillards Athéniens)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Déesses Qui Veillez Au Fond Des Bois Sacrés (Thésée, Les Vieillards Athéniens)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Gino Quilico 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Lumière De Mes Yeux (Oedipe, Antigone)Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Nous Sommes Arrivés ! (Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Jose Van Dam 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Père ! Père ! Créon ! Je Vois Créon ! (Antigone, Créon, Oedipe, Les Thébains, Les Vieillards Athéniens, Thésée)Lawrence Foster - Barbara Hendricks - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Gino Quilico - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Pouvais-Je Penser Que Thésée (Créon, Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Marcel Vanaud - Jose Van Dam 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Oedipe ! (Les Euménides, Oedipe)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Oedipe - Tragédie Lyrique En 4 Actes Et 6 Tableaux Op.23 - Acte IV : Adieu, Douce Antigone, Adieu (Oedipe, Les Vieillards Athéniens, Les Euménides)Lawrence Foster - Orchestre Philharmonic De Monte Carlo - Orfeon Donostiarra - Jose Van Dam 9:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
In 1936 Rumanian composer-teacher George Enescu - or Enesco, as he's sometimes spelt - finally saw his one opera into production. It was a success. Since then Bucharest Opera, of which Enescu was Musical Director in the 1920s, has been loyal to Oedipe, though sadly productions in other opera houses have been thin on the ground. This is out of all proportion to the merits of this quite wonderful opera, a masterpiece that can be spoken of in the same breath as Pelleas et Melisande, Wozzeck, and Peter Grimes, not to mention R Strauss's mature operas, as one of the very greatest of the 20th century.
There have been many operas on mythological themes - those by Gluck, Tippett and Offenbach come to mind - but few have represented the spirit, the 'Greek light' of myth with such radiance and tenderness as Enescu, who considered this his finest work, manages to do. From a fairly good libretto by the Dickensian-sounding Edmond Fleg (who also wrote the libretto for Bloch's opera Macbeth) he fashioned an often otherworldly soundscape that uses orchestra and choruses - including one made up of children - as much as the soloists, to recreate the lengthy, tragic story of Oedipus, Jocasta, Creon, Tiresias, Antigone, et al.
This is not background music. But neither is it impenetrably modernist or atonal.
There are echoes of Enescu's sometime teacher Faure, and Debussy too, but he harks back to Romanian folk forms as much as anything else.
It's a large cast, headed by Belgian baritone Jose van Dam, who, as Oedipe, is in almost every scene. On stage this must be an exhausting role. Luckily, Van Dam is a powerful presence here, never doing too little or too much.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it's true: The greatest opera of the 20th century 7 April 2004
By david sapphire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I never write reviews. Mostly because of my conviction that experiencing music is an intimate and solitary enterprise. And a highly subjective one.
After Oedipe though, this philosophy MUST be suspended. It is, indeed, the most miraculous piece of work I've ever listened. It's been only four or five months since I listened to it for the first time. Ever since, I keep wondering what exactly are the obscure mechanisms that make it ignored by more or less everybody. I think NOTHING can justify this situation. A rather clumsy libretto apart, it is a flawless and fascinating masterpiece, and not even an obscure one. It would probably take a deaf person or a real snob to ignore its blatant musical beauty and originality.
Such situation made me wonder what else I've been ignoring while restricting my interests to the rather established repertoire.
I must ignore the ignominious review beneath, which praises van Dam, disgracing the music.
The performance is wonderful, flawless, orchestra and singers. Van Dam gives here one of his best performances (if not really the greatest). Fassbaender and Lipovsek are in amazingly good vocal shape, rendering hipnotizing effects.
In the meantime, I also acquired the 1964 recording (in Romanian, with Ohanesian), which made me praise the EMI effort even further. Foster version is much more intense and idiomatic (which is weird, i agree).
Try it yourself, that's the only way you'll understand my fascination for this incredible masterpiece.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The greatest opera of this century 3 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Enescu's masterpiece at which, according to his student the late great Yehudi Menuhin, he worked constantly for something like twenty years. While this opera is not frequently performed here in the U.S. it is worth looking for it on CD, as it is recognized by many to be a supreme musical creation. I know of only one other recording of this opera aside from this one-- it was recorded in the 1960s, it is performed by the Enescu Philarmonica and the Romanian National Opera, and while the musicians seem extremely capable, the sound lets them down. Both these recordings are hard to find but the one conducted by Foster is impeccable both in its music and its sound. I am an avid listener of classical music and have heard no deeper, more inspiring music than Enescu's Oedipe. I also highly recommend his Symphonies No.2 and No.3 and his Orchestral Suite No.1.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Wrongfully Neglected Masterpiece 30 Mar. 2005
By G P Padillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember a few years ago when the EMI recording with a dazzling cast consisting of Jose van Dam, Gabriel Bacquier, Nicolai Gedda, Gino Quilico, John Aler, Brigitte Fassbaender, Marjana Liposvek & Barbara Hendricks - reading some rather unfavorable reviews of it. I purchased it anyway, and was knocked into tomorrow. What an incredible score this

is! Such a powerful musical drama.

The opening scene for the various choruses, the women of Thebes, the High Priest, the Theban warriors, and the shepherds, is wonderful. Alternating between exotic sounding harps & reeds, to an almost Debussyian/Ravel type of orchestral tonal pallete, and Enesco's handling of text is simply gorgeous, giving all of the characters beautiful (if brief) melodies on which to sing them. Much of the chorus work, like much of the entire opera itself is quiet, ethereal in nature with sudden bursts of enormous sound which just surround you and are all the more effective.

Enesco's musical language throughout Oedipe is wildly chromatic, and modal. Parts of the opera sound ancient and even mysteriously "Greek" in nature, while others recall

Schoenberg's Gurrelieder.

Dramatically, I love this work as well, as Enesco's librettist Edmond Fleg, incorporates more of the legend of Oedipus into this story than we usually get, as well as altering much of it. (For instance, the entire final scene)

The first act is serves as prologue, dealing, as it does, with the celebration of the birth of Oedipe, and ending with the horrible prediction of Tirisea, about the future king's fate.

Also, the final Act, serves as epilogue, since Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipe blinds himself in Act III. Here, the blind, exiled Oedipe, wandering with the aid of his daughter, Antigone, reaches a grove of flowers which she describes to him and which he knows is the end of his journey - but not before a battle of wits with Creon. Following this, Oedipe leaves them all as he walks into the grove, and near a cave, dies and dissapears in a blaze of light as the Eumenides invisbly sing "Happy

is he who is pure in soul; peace be unto him!"

Oedipe's final "aria" is, in my opinion, the closest thing in the

operatic literature to the baritone equivalent of one of those glorious Straussian scenes for soprano. Here, Enesco dishes out some of the most gorgeous music in a score that is absolutely filled with beauty. (If you listen closely, too, you'll hear that French "floating" string writing nearly identical to that used by Durufle in his Requiem some years later). Jose van Dam's singing of this scene is of such aching beauty that I get a genuine lump in my throat - til the tears start flowing

from the sheer beauty of it.

Will somebody do this opera? Til they do, this is the recording to own and experience.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
WHY? 18 Feb. 2007
By Lawrence Rapchak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How can it be that this great work is essentially unknown, even in the world of opera itself?

An unqualified masterpiece that manages to incorporate the essence of the great George Enescu---not only his incredible musical craft and imagination---but the profoundly mystical language of the Rumanian culture, with its unique mix of mid-eastern, Roman and Byzantine influences; and, oh yes, the opera is very FRENCH too, since Enescu spent
much of his career in Paris studying (with Faure), performing and teaching. Incidentally, he was also a great conductor, being a candidate for the NY Phil after Toscanini left AND one of the 20th-century's greatest violin virtuosos.

So why isn't Oedipe honored as one of the 20th-century's greatetst operas? So many reasons, I suppose....all of them unjust, invalid, and regrettable. If the work has ANY chance of ever receiving the recognition it deserves, it will be thanks to this wonderful All-Star recording by Lawrence Foster---thank the Lord for his belief in Oedipe (not to mention his brilliant talent for bringing it to life on the podium!)

Too many incredible things to mention---but here's a few:

The opera is meticulously crafted using about 20 main motifs--many of which are heard in the dark, nightmarish Prelude. The overall PACING and structure of the score is FABULOUS---this is probably the area in which most Opera composers FAIL---yet Enescu's one and only stage work is practically flawless in this respect.

Act 1 contains much music evocative of Grecian antiquity---a culture closely related to that of Rumania. So much of this colorful music seems to "glow" with a feeling of serenity and warmth that pervades the score. Great mid-eastern "dancing girl" music, a MUST for exotic operas (actually it's a Shepherd's Dance); Very appealing in its combo of Rumanian and French sound. Lovely, ecstatic choral passages. If only that darn' soothsayer Tiresias didn't have to spoil the fun.

Act 2 Has more beauteous "antique" court music, as well as the suffocatingly menacing scene of the wandering Oedipus' murder of his father Laius (which takes place EXTREMELY quickly, unlike most operatic death scenes)during a thunderstorm (with the Shepherd's Rumanian "doina" inspired flute solos adding more tension to the scene). THis is followed by the hallucinatory encounter with the Sphinx --which Enescu said almost drove him to madness while composing it. (Catch the weird musical SAW in the percussion section when the Sphinx's death laugh dies away).

More glorious choral work, as the citizens of Thebes rush to proclaim Oedipus their savior---capped off by the luxuriant, almost lurid music of Jocasta (complete with children's chorus), whose hand in marriage is the grand prize for the man who defeats the Sphinx (little does Oedipus realize that she is actually his own mother...)

Act 3 is perhaps the best of all; Enescu's supreme control of the sequence of Oedipus' dialogues with Tiresias, Jocasta, Phorbas, and the Shepherd---during which the pieces of the horrible puzzle gradually come together---is simply one of the GREATEST examples of dramatic pacing and build-up in the entire repertoire (the climatic moment of realization is actually highlighted by a PISTOL SHOT in the orchestra!). The intensity of this entire scene (in this performance) is overwhelming.

Act 4 --Sunset in the sacred grove, culminating in Oedipus' farewell to his daughter and his transfiguration in a sacred blaze of light...as you might expect---it's sublime stuff, probably the highpoint of the score.

If you truly love GREAT music, you should acquire this first-rate recording and come to know Oedipe, and in doing so come to appreciate the vison and philosophy of the great composer which it represents.

A revelation.

LAwrence RApchak
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An undiscovered masterpiece. 29 Mar. 1999
By John-Pierre Joyce (john-pierre@pusscats12.freeserve.co.uk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This opera is truly one of the greatest operatic masterpieces of the twentieth century. Sadly underperformed, Oedipe at least has a champion in this superb recording from EMI. A cast of great singers and a brilliant orchestra and chorus reveal every raw emotion that the work expresses, from melancholy foreboding and bitter anguish to triumphant joy and serene repose.
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