CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890): Stradella (orch. Luc van Hove [b.1957]).
Catalogue Number: 05P043
Reference: CDS 7692/1-2
Description: For those of you who prefer CDs to DVDs, here's the early Franck opera which we offered two months ago on DVD. Franck's first stage work was written in 1841 or 1842 and left unorchestrated at a time when various events led to its being put aside. There are indications of orchestration and the Belgian composer van Hove has provided a score which indicates that Franck followed the Gounod-Massenet stylistic path. 2 CDs. Libretto available on-line. Isabelle Kabatu (soprano), Marc Laho (tenor), Werner Van Mechelen (bass-baritone), Philippe Rouillon (baritone), Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie; Paolo Arrivabeni.