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Offenbach: Vert-Vert [Double CD]

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  • Performer: Lucy Crowe, Toby Spence, Ann Taylor, Loïc Félix, Jennifer Larmore, et al.
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Composer: Jacques Offenbach
  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Opera Rara
  • ASIN: B0031Q8W28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A gently charming operetta-this parrot is certainly not dead --The Gramophone.May 2010

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Thora Einarsdottir, Ann Taylor, Lucy Crowe, Toby Spence, Mark Le Brocq, Mark Stone, Anne-Marie Owens, Franck Leguérinel, Loïc Félix, Jennifer Larmore, Sébastien Droy, Frank Lopez - Geoffrey Mitchell Choir - Philharmonia Orchestra - David Parry, dir.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offenbach rarity 23 Mar 2013
By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Having loved Gilbert and Sullivan since my introduction to the Savoy Operas when I was a schoolboy, I've recently become devoted to the operettas of Jacques Offenbach. He was much more prolific than Sullivan, but from what I have heard, even his "lesser" (or less well known) works, have tremendous appeal and, from a purely musical point of view at any rate, are absolutely superb.

"Vert-Vert" is one of these lesser known works, but this recording, made in 2008, contains a series of charming vocal numbers, including some especially interesting ensembles.
The operetta was first performed in 1869, at a time when the composer was well established as the master of opera-bouffe. It was inspired by a famous poem written in 1734 by one Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, concerning a parrot (!) who, having been brought up in a convent, goes badly off the rails before being weaned back to the paths of righteousness.

Although the titular parrot passes away before the start of Offenbach's work, it is his replacement in the hearts and minds of the young ladies of the educational establishment in which the operetta is set who takes on his name and who represents the theme of sheltered innocence.

In this recording, the role is taken by the tenor Toby Spence and very fine he is too. Indeed, all the cast do well; Jennifer Larmore offers a star cameo as the diva La Corilla, while Mark Le Brocq is an amusing Binet. The spoken dialogue is dispatched with style and relish, although just occasionally the native French speakers rather show up the non-francophone members of the cast.

David Parry conducts lovingly and, as ever with Opera Rara recordings, the accompanying booklet is as lavish as it is informative.

This is a recording (and a work) well worth discovering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vert - Vert by Offenbach 19 May 2010
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I've only listened to this recording once and had it on again last night. but fell asleep.Its the first recording of this piece for ever I think. It seems quite pleasant with quite pleasant tunes. But its not Orpheus. Still, I'll continue to listen to it. A well presented box set with a complete history of the story of Vert Vert ( a parrot wot died)and a history of its performances.
So quite interseting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph! 18 Mar 2010
By Brett Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Opera Rara brings us another treat. Offenbachs third attempt to infiltrate the opera-comique after "Barkouf" and "Robinson Crusoe". This was written by Offenbach during his prime, when he was writing his masterpieces such as "La Grande-Duchess de Gerolstien", "La Perichole" and "Les Brigands". Now if your expecting another work of his bouffee works caliber, you will be a bit dissapointed. The music is still light and very melodic and greatly enjoyable but there are no real hit songs here. Again it is great music, beautiful, charming, and sparkling music that is a notch above most of Offenbachs contemporaries, but this is no 'Les Brigands'. You can constantly hear shades and loud echos of many of his other pieces in 'Vert-Vert' as well. It's almost like a watered down version of his bouffee. It was written for an entirly different audience and was supposed to be more universal in style I suppose.
But with that out of the way let me very briefly recount the plot, it is a very typical and very silly story about lovers and has just about nothing to do with the parrot Very-Vert who learned prayers but then went to live in a brothal and learned swears. I would recount more but if you've ever listened to an opera-comique before than you've heard the story a million times.
Again, the music is all wonderful, right from the riveting overture to the sparkling charming numbers that litter the ground after it, I am very glad to have bought this opera (I couldn't wait for it come on sale here so I bought it a while ago at an English site) and will listen to it often. Everyone sings beautifully and the orchestra is top notch under the direction of David Parry.
The CDs come in a thick typical Opera-Rara box and it comes with a thick typical opera-rara book that contains a history of the work, synposis, and of course libretto in French and English.
Also a point of note, the music used was put together by Jean-Christophe Keck who has been putting together the most complete renditions of many lost or considerably altered Offenbach gems which thankfully continue to show up on CD. Now we get Vert-Vert. If you are an Offenbach fan or a fan of light romantic period french opera, you will be very pleased with this opera. I can safely and highly recommend it to you. But if you just discovered pieces like 'La belle Helen' or 'Les Brigands' than you will not yet be ready for Vert-Vert. At least not as of yet. But once you've exhausted the grand Offenbach cannon, Vert-Vert will be a very welcome treat.
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