ANDRÉ MESSAGER (1853-1929): Les P’tites Michu.
Catalogue Number: 01U031
Label: Palazzetto Bru Zane
Reference: BZ 1034
Description: Two little girls, one of high birth, the other of more modest origins, mixed up in their bath and brought up as twins; an impending wedding; the first pangs of love and a few intrigues... On this amusing narrative framework Messager composed a score as graceful as it is invigorating. The straightforward, elegant melodies are immediately appealing, with a harmonisation and scoring that give them immense charm. Les P’tites Michu was an overnight success after its 1897 premiere. Every number in the score quickly became a ‘hit song’, notably the duet ‘Blanche-Marie et Marie-Blanche’. After a run of more than 150 performances, the work toured the provinces and was subsequently staged outside France (as The Little Michus or Die kleinen Michu), ending its career more than twenty years later on Broadway. 2 CDs + Book. French-English libretto. Violette Polchi, Anne-Aurore Cochet (sopranos), Philippe Estèphe (baritone), Artavazd Sargsyan (tenor), Boris Grappe (bass), Chœur d’Angers Nantes Opéra, Orchestrer National des Pays de la loire; Pierre Dumoussaud.