Gounod - Mireille: Mireille's air and duet Mireille - Vincenette by Jodie Devos and Kate Aldrich
Soprano Jodie Devos sings Mireille's air "Heureux petit berger" and the duet Mireille - Vincenette "Ah ! Parle encore, achève", with the soprano Kate Aldrich, excerpt from the opera Mireille by Charles Gounod, with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Jesko Sirvend.
A vast poem in Provençal, Mirèio called to be put to music music. In the spring of 1863, Mistral, acceding to Gounod's vow, urged him to stay near the very places in question - Les Baux, La Crau, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - so as to fully understand the context of the upset love between the wealthy Ramon's daughter and Vincent, the humble basket-maker. To bring out in Mireille's song the happiness of the herdsmen, Gounod found accents of a simple Virgilian tone and freshness: the melody progresses by continuously looking back with a regular syncopated pulse, full of momentum and emotion. There is melancholy in this C major, and borrowing from the minor for "Always free! lighthearted ". Without care realism, the screeching of the cicadas is merely suggested, off beat, by an oboe and a flute doubled at the octave by the pizzicatos and a triangle. The duet offers two parts of an almost serene lyrical fervor. Thus we first see Mireille upset, leaving the paternal farmhouse to join a wounded Vincent, then Vincenette (his sister) who reassures her by imitating her melody. Mireille evokes the feast of Saintes-Maries and the little treasure she will offer them. This transition, touching in its simplicity, is the emotional heart of this duet; every detail is of utmost importance and the entry of the oboe on the word "jewels" is pure poetry. The prayer ("O bosses of lovers") where the voices dialogue but also sometimes overlap, requires a unique and warm candor, a complicity: it is their (respective) love for Vincent that brings them together.
- Orchestre National de FranceOrchestra
- Jodie DevosPerformer
- Michel (Père) CarréLibrettist