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Schierbeck: Fete Galante

Magazine article Gramophone

Schierbeck: Fete Galante

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Schierbeck Fete galante Bo Skovhus bar                                             Scaramouche Denise Beck sop                                                  Suzon Michael Weinius ten                                               Rene Andrea Pellegrini mez                                   La Scaramouche Palle Knudsen bar                                Marshal Saint Lambert Jakob Bloch Jespersen bass                           Count Montmorency Mathias Hedegaard ten                                  Abbot Lauzannes Morten Frank Larsen bar                           Marquis d'Argenville Gert Henning-Jensen ten                                  King Louis XV Christian Damsgaard ten                          Pascal Dumont, Notary Tomas Medici ten                                             Majordomo Rasmus Gravers Knive ten                                          Jean Uffe Henriksen bass                                             Robert Henriette Elimar contr                                         Annette Danish National Symphony Choir and Orchestra / Michael Schanwandt Dacapo [F][2][SACD] 6 220637/8 (123' * DDD/DSD * S/T/t) 

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Danish Radio's revival of the 1931 opera by Nielsen's pupil

Poul Schierbeck was one of Carl Nielsen's most gifted students and in turn lived to teach several well-known representatives of the generation before Norgard and Ruders. Dacapo has recorded his engaging 1921 Symphony as well as selections of his songs, cantatas and orchestral music. The bubbly overture to Fete galante--as blithe a rip-off of Nielsen's Maskarade as the Symphony is of the Espansiva --has clung on to a place in the repertoire but the complete opera lapsed into obscurity following its first performances in 1931 and again after its revival in the early Sixties.

The lyric-comic storyline, adapted by Max Lobedanz from his play of the same name, is of a noble libertine who tricks a young girl into marriage but then falls in love with her and has to work around various ensuing complications and intrigues before winning her forgiveness. …

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