Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le Prophète – London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder


3 SACD | Booklet 

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London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)


Νέο!9 Ιουλίου 2024


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Giacomo Meyerbeer:Le Prophete


Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Baritone)Elizabeth DeShong (Mezzo-Soprano)Mané Galoyan (Soprano)John Osborn (Tenor)
Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône (Vocal Ensemble)
Opéra National de Lyon Chorus (Χορωδία)
London Symphony Orchestra (Ορχήστρα)Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (Ορχήστρα)Sir Mark Elder (Μαέστρος)

Recorded live in concert at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2023, this album sees the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder join forces with Lyon Opera Chorus, Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, and an incredible cast of soloists to bring to life Meyerbeer’s visionary historical drama, Le prophète.

The opera is based on a true story. In the 1500s, a charismatic innkeeper was converted to Anabaptism by itinerant preachers. After becoming a preacher himself, he came to Münster and established a tyrannical rule, renaming it Jerusalem and proclaiming himself king, before later being killed.

Add to this a bride who is a fighter, and the most formidable mother figure ever shown on an operatic stage, and Le prophète is the quintessential grand opera—a spectacular large-scale work that made the Paris Opera the leading stage in Europe, and Meyerbeer a composer admired and envied by the greatest.

“An indisputable highlight of the festival was July 15’s concert performance of Le prophète. […] The evening was broadcast live on Radio France, but the achievement of Elder and everyone else here deserves wider currency and it would be tragic if a recording was not forthcoming”

– Opera Magazine

“This was certainly a night to remember” – OperaWire

Presto Music June 2024

“On every count, it’s difficult to imagine this weird and wonderful score sounding better. Mark Elder clearly adores the piece and has the full measure of its rather lopsided Gothic architecture. All three principals meet Meyerbeer’s fearsome demands with near-total security, but the real marvel is the way they get right under the skin of these psychologically complex characters. Competition may not exactly be stiff, but this surely must be the new reference recording. – Katherine Cooper