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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Total time: 72:58+49:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares ‎| # ES 1020 | Recorded: 2014

Félicien David was already famous through his 'ode-symphonie' Le Désert (1844) when his opera Herculanum was first staged at the Paris Opéra in 1859. This ambitious work, later to gain him entrance to the Opéra-Comique and the Institut de France, also played a part in earning him the Légion d'Honneur. Leaving behind the Middle Eastern inflections of his earlier scores, Herculanum is a remarkably strong composition (vast, intensely dramatic scenes), impressive in the diversity of its style (including Verdian influences) and its vocal variety (including the rare coloratura contralto voice often used by Rossini).