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Léo Delibes – Lakmé


Léo Delibes – Lakmé

About the Opera:
Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille, based on the 1880 novel Rarahu ou Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti.
The subject of the opera was suggested by Gondinet as a vehicle for the American soprano Marie van Zandt. Delibes wrote the score during 1881-82. Like many other French operas of the late 19th century, Lakmé captures the ambience of the Orient that was in vogue during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The opera was first performed on 14 April, 1883 at the Opéra Comique in Paris with Van Zandt in the title role and Jean-Alexandre Talazac as Gérald.
Its complex melodies are Delibes’ signature. In the 21st century, Viens, Mallika, les liens en fleurs (The Flower Duet) in Act 1 is the most familiar music from the opera because of its use in advertisements, as well as in films (such as The Hunger). However, the Act 2 aria “Où va la jeune Hindoue?” (the “Bell Song”) has long been a favourite recital piece for coloratura sopranos. Many recordings of it are sung in Italian as “Dov’e L’indiana Bruna?”.

Track List:
cd1
01. Acte 1 Prélude (3:05)
02. À l’heure accoutumée (3:11)
03. Blanche Dourga (3:56)
04. Lakmé, c’est toi qui nous protèges! (3:08)
05. Viens, Mallika…Dôme épais le jasmin (5:58)
06. Miss Rose, Miss Ellen (2:10)
07. Quand une femme est si jolie (1:17)
08. Leur vertu bizarre manque d’apparat (4:46)
09. Prendre le dessin d’un bijou…Fantaisie aux divins mensonges (6:02)
10. C’est elle…c’est Lakmé (2:57)
11. Les fleurs me paraissent plus belles…Pourquoi dans les grands bois (4:43)
12. D’où viens-tu? Que veux-tu? (3:40)
13. C’est le dieu de la jeunesse (5:06)
14. Entr’acte (1:21)
15. Acte 2 Allons, avant que midi sonne (4:49)
16. Ils sont assourdissants! (1:16)
17. Danses Terana, Rektah, Perse (7:06)
18. Voyez donc ce vieillard et cette jeune fille (2:05)
19. Lakmé, ton doux regard se voile (3:41)
cd2
01. Ah, c’est de ta douleur (3:28)
02. Où va la jeune Indoue (6:00)
03. La rage me dévore (3:41)
04. Au milieu des chants d’allégresse (2:58)
05. Le maître ne pense qu’à sa vengeance (1:45)
06. Lakmé! Lakmé! C’est toi! (3:43)
07. Dans la forêt près de nous (4:11)
08. O Dourga, toi qui renais (2:04)
09. Voyez cette ville en fête (5:49)
10. Entr’acte (3:26)
11. Act 3 Sous le ciel tout étoilé (3:27)
12. Quel vague souvenir alourdit ma pensée…Ah! viens, dans la forêt profonde (4:35)
13. Là, je pourrai t’entendre (4:14)
14. Vivant! Ah! Frédéric (3:44)
15. Ils allaient deux à deux (4:45)
16. Tu m’as donné le plus doux rêve (5:59)
17. C’est lui! C’est lui! (3:45)

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