Gounod: "Roméo et Juliette", entracte symphony and Juliet's Air by Elsa Dreisig / Orchestre National de France
The Orchestre National de France, conducted by Jesko Sirvend perform the Entracte symphony from "Roméo et Juliette" composed in 1867 by Charles Gounod, as well as Juliet's air "Ah ! viens ô liqueur mystérieuse" with soprano Elsa Dreisig. Excerpt from the Gounod Gala recorded on 16 June 2018.
The prelude to act 4 brings the audience into Juliet's room. The internal melodic movements divided between the violas and the cellos reflect the tensions that grow and resolve in the face of the shared passions. The scene in which Juliet drinks the fake poison was not performed at the work's premiere nor the work's subsquent performances. It was beyond the vocal capabilities of Mme Carvalho, but at this point in the work, the requirements of such a passage would surpass any singer. As the work evolved, only the second part ("Amour, ranime mon courage") was returned to the work. The first, ("Ah ! viens, ô liqueur mystérieuse") was sung on stage for the first time only in 1983, in Strasbourg, by Anne-Marie Blanzat, cautiously exempted from singing the first half of the second part. In the performance, therefore, both parts are performed in their entirety for the first time.
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