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Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable Box set


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  • Composer: Meyerbeer
  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Gala
  • ASIN: B000VXLQ18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Owl on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Giacomo Meyerbeer was the greatest composer of French operas during the early to mid 19th century. His operas featured many singers and supernumeraries, the tenor and soprano leads were hopelessly, often tragically in love against complex historical backgrounds, and there was always a significant ballet sequence in the third act. Furthermore, the operas were visually enhanced by special stage effects and lighting, and dramatic symphonic music was provided for the orchestra.
Meyerbeer's first overwhelming international success was 'Robert le Diable' (Robert the Devil) (1831). The opera is full of dramatic Gothic intensity and horror. Based on Medieval folk legends from Normandy, the opera deals with the character of Robert, who was born of a woman impregnated by the Devil. It is a story dominated by a theme of redemption. Although Robert has the potential for evil (his father is a demon after all) his humanity and goodness are enabled to shine through in the end: his genuine love for the beautiful and upright Catholic princess Isabelle ultimately redeems him. 'Robert le Diable' contains many elements that were innovative at the time. Some of the material, the handling of a theme of weakness and redemption, was shocking to some. The atmosphere of potent enchantment suffuses the work, and comes to the fore in the famous central scene of the opera, when the ghostly nuns rise from their tombs in the eerie moonlight to lead the vacillating hero into temptation. The ensembles and arias are rich and beautiful to listen to if sung by the properly gifted singers with strong chorus and orchestra.
In this recording, from the Paris Opéra 1985, the singers are all very talented and act convincingly in their roles. June Anderson's Isabelle is moving, beautiful and highly impressive.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L'Editeur on 9 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
There are currently two versions of Robert available in CD. This one is the one that comes with a glossy cast and orchestra and an overall array of better voices. Ramey is simply fantastic as the Devil and Anderson delivers her great moments with unique spark, deserving a long ( and fully recorded) ovation at the end of each number. Vanzo was already on the wane, but his voice is still admirably clear - regardless of his age. The orchestra is great, ten times better that the one of the Digital recording of the performance in Italy, the sole strenght of which is Ciofi's performance.
Each recording is a live one, which poses some problems at times. In the case of the PAris Opera Anderson/Vanzo/Ramey the recording is not perfect either, as there are moments when the sound vibrates ( I thought at first it was a bad CD, but after having it changed, discovered it is the recording). Which is a pity. There are moments in which the singers seem to be miles away, and the famous ballet of the nuns ( generally regarded by historians as the ballet that "started" the trend of the white tutu-ed Romantic ballet in France) is saluted by laughs and some affectionate boos which make one think something funny was going on stage ( pity that it is not given to know what). Hence four stars and not five. But if it is the intoxicating flavour of the grand-opera you are aftre, go for this recording, for this is grand-opera as it should be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this set prior to going to see a performance of Robert Le Diable at the ROH in December 2012. Like many operaphiles I was aware the opera had enjoyed a tremendous vogue in the 19th century but along with most of Meyerbeer's oeuvre had fallen out of fashion, so the ROH offered a perhaps once in a lifetime chance to catch this operatic rarity (an internet search revealed that in Europe in 2012 only the enterprising provincial opera house in Salerno mounted a concert performance with Bryan Hymel and Patrizia Ciofi who were also in the ROH cast.) You aren't exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to recordings but reviews suggested this live Paris performance from 1985 was the best available, and this is likely to still be the case when the ROH production makes its appearance (I noticed there were cameras in the stalls so it looks like there may be a DVD on the cards.) My heart sank as soon as the curtain went up on some hearty mediaeval knights straight out of Spamalot but with the two male leads- Bertram and Robert - sitting amongst them dressed in Victorian clobber, one looking a bit like Abe Lincoln in a stove pipe hat. Yes it was one of those kind of productions, a terrible mish-mash, garish, unintentionally comical (or maybe intentionally for all I know), replete with fairground horses, toytown castles and with more hints of Monty Python in the ludicrously cartoonish battle between good and evil in the final act. And whilst musically it was quite strong, it wasn't as strong as this Paris performance. Furthermore the ROH performance was cut, I noticed for example that the delightful ballet in the second act tournament scene was missing (I know it's a long opera but so's Aida and you wouldn't expect to see any of that opera's three ballet sequences bumped off.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mihaly49 on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Anyone who gets deeply into French opera of the 19th century will sooner or later want to hear Giacomo Meyerbeer's "Robert le Diable". Berlioz was bowled over by its orchestration but today an opera house performance is a rarity. That leaves recordings and this one, from a 1985 performance at the Paris Opera, with a stellar cast, a very French chorus and full of Gallic passion, certainly has the credentials to be the best available. That said, it suffers from the live recording, including a fade-out glitch in the first act that makes you wonder if something happened in the recording truck (or in the CD transfer). Still, you will delight in Sam Ramey's Bertram and June Anderson's Isabelle and until a better version comes along -- which with the recording industry in the state it is has the devil's own chance of happening -- this more than does the job.
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