VICTORIN JONCIÈRES (1839-1903): Dimitri.
Catalogue Number: 05P050
Label: Ediciones Singulares
Reference: ES 1015
Description: An artist turned composer, Joncières only did it big: all of his half dozen operas were large-scale historical epics (the last days of Pompei and Sardanapalus being two examples). This one, finished in 1871 but not premiered for five more years, deals with Dmitri the pretender who tries to depose Boris Godunov on the Russian throne. A spectacle like this called for a series of tableaux, a lot to look at obviously, big choruses, a large orchestra but not much in the way of character development. A diverting 129 minutes, with the usual lavish bound-book, multiple-article presentation funded by the Palazetto Bru Zane. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Philippe Talbot (tenor), Gabrielle Philiponet (soprano), Nora Gubisch (mezzo), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone), Flemish Radio Choir, Flanders Opera Children's Chorus, Brussels Philharmonic; Hervé Niquet.