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Chérubin (Pinchas Steinberg recording)

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Chérubin
File:Cherubin Steinberg RCA CD.jpg
RCA Victor Red Seal CD: 09026 60593 2
Studio album by
Pinchas Steinberg
Released1992
StudioStudio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich
GenreOpera
Length115:10
LanguageFrench
LabelRCA Victor Red Seal
ProducerTorsten Schreier

Chérubin is a 115-minute studio album of Jules Massenet's comic opera, performed by a cast headed by June Anderson, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade and Dawn Upshaw with the Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Radio Orchestra under the direction of Pinchas Steinberg. It was released in 1992.

Background[edit | edit source]

Von Stade, who sings the opera's title role, participated in this recording having already sung the part in concert in Carnegie Hall in 1984 and on stage with Santa Fe Opera in 1989.[1]

Recording[edit | edit source]

The album was digitally recorded on 8-16 April 1991 in Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany.[2]. The album was co-produced by Bavarian Radio and BMG Classics.[2]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover of the album, designed under the art direction of J. J. Stelmach, features a photograph by Murrae Haynes of von Stade performing in Chérubin at Santa Fe in 1989.[2]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Jules Massenet in his late sixties, some five years after composing Chérubin

The album was reviewed or discussed by Richard Fairman in Gramophone in December 1992,[3] by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in January 1993,[4] by Eric Salzman in Stereo Review in February 1993[5] and again by Fairman in Gramophone's 2000 Awards issue.[6]

Accolade[edit | edit source]

In the Gramophone Awards for 1993, the album was a runner-up for the prize for the year's best opera recording.[7]

Track listing: CD1[2][edit | edit source]

Jules Massenet (1892-1912)

Chérubin (1905), Comédie chantée (sung comedy) in three acts, with a libretto by Francis de Croisset (1877-1937) and Henri Cain (1857-1937) after de Croisset's play of the same name

  • 1 (6:07) Overture

Act One

  • 2 (5:09) "Servantes, bonnes et lingères" (Jacoppo, Servants, Count, Baron, Duke)
  • 3 (3:05) "C'est moi, Philosophe!" (Nina, Jacoppo)
  • 4 (4:08) "Mon tuteur! Monsieur, devant lui" (Nina, Duke, Baron, Jacoppo, Chérubin)
  • 5 (4:27) "Nous danserons, c'est bien mieux" (Chérubin, Duke, Baron, Jacoppo, Countess, Baroness, Nina, Guests)
  • 6 (10:$7) Fête pastorale (dance of villagers and farmhands)
    • "Bravo! - C'est ravissant!" (Nina, Guests, Chérubin, Duke, Baron, Jacoppo)
  • 7 (8:08) "Où Chérubin se cache-t-il" (Count, Jacoppo, Countess, Nina, Chérubin)

Track listing: CD2[2][edit | edit source]

Act Two

  • 1 (2:02) Entr'acte
  • 2 (5:15) "Une chamber!... Rien!" (Travellers, Servants, Valets, Innkeeper, Countess, Baroness, Count, Baron, Duke)
  • 3 (4:00) "Le vin rend gai, l'amour rend fou" (Ricardo, Manolas, Officers, Innkeeper, Countess, Baroness, Chérubin)
  • 4 (5:42) "L'arme au fourreau. Le duel est défendu!" (Manolas, Chérubin, L'Ensoleillad, Ricardo, Officer, Jacoppo)
  • 5 (2:48) "Vous parlez de péril, de crime" (L'Ensoleillad, Chorus)
  • 6 (0:54) La Manola (dance of L'Ensoleillad)
  • 7 (6:32) "Madame, en votre appartement" (Innkeeper, Chérubin, Ricardo, Manolas, L'Ensoleillad, Officers, Jacoppo)
  • 8 (14:43) "Qui parle dans la nuit confuse?" (L'Ensoleillad, Chérubin, Count, Duke, Baron, Countess, Baroness)
  • 9 (2:03) "Il est pris!" (Baron, Duke, Count, Chérubin, Innkeeper, Jacoppo, Servants, L'Ensoleillad, Countess, Baroness)

Act Three

  • 10 (11:05) Entr'acte
    • "Chérubin! - Un moment" (Jacoppo, Chérubin, Innkeeper, Baroness, Countess, Baron, Count)
  • 11 (3:50) Aubade: "Vive amour qui rêve, embrasse et fuit" (L'Ensoleillad, Chorus)
  • 12 (5:50) "Par pitié! Ne pars pas!" (Chérubin, L'Ensoleillad, Duke, Chorus, Jacoppo)
  • 13 (8:26) "Nina! - Chérubin!" (Chérubin, Nina, Duke, Ricardo, Jacoppo)

Personnel[2][edit | edit source]

The first Chérubin: the Scottish soprano Mary Garden, who had also been the first Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902

Musical[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Jocelyne Dienst, French language coach
  • Torsten Schreier, producer
  • Hans Schmid, balance engineer
  • Susanne Wocker, recording engineer
  • Walter Spring, recording engineer

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1992, RCA Victor Red Seal released the album as a double CD (catalogue number 09026 60593 2) in a slipcase with a booklet.[2] The latter provided photographs of Massenet, Anderson, Ramey, von Stade, Upshaw and Steinberg and libretti, synopses, notes by Norbert Christian and biographies of Anderson, Ramey, von Stade, Upshaw and Steinberg in English, French, German and Italian.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Henahan, Donal (1989-08-04). "Review/Opera; Massenet's Infrequently Performed 'Cherubin'". The New York Times.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Massenet, Jules: Chérubin, cond. Pinchas Steinberg, RCA Victor Red Seal CD, 09026 60593 2, 1992
  3. Gramophone, December 1992, p. 138
  4. Gramophone, January 1993, p. 33
  5. Stereo Review, February 1993, pp. 128-130
  6. Gramophone, 2000 Awards Issue, p. 51
  7. Gramophone, November 1993, p. 43


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