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FULL LA CORTE DEL FARAON (Lleó) Barcelona 2020 Mireia Dolç, Xavi Fernandez, Vicenç Esteve, Alberto Cazes

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Information about the Recording
  • Published by: Guest Music  
  • Date Published: 2022  
  • Format: Unknown
  • Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
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Quote from zarzuela.net:

“Vicente Lleó can only be described as a minor composer. Of his hundred or so works, only a handful have gained more than a fleeting foothold in the repertoire. He is remembered nowadays for just one, frivolous little operetta – and yet there are few pieces that have inspired such consistent pleasure and affection as La corte de Faraón (Teatro Eslava, Madrid, 21st January 1910.) In large measure this is down to the librettists’ shrewd choice of subject. A blend of biblical pastiche, luscious vaudeville and Art Deco Egyptian chic, La corte del Faraón is one of their most sophisticated and audacious conceptions. The smuttiness of its double-entendres was so evident, indeed, that public performance of the work was banned by the Franco regime until as late as 1975!

The music adds spice to this mixture. Grand triumphal choruses, sinuous woodwind orientalisms, a slaves’ chorus, a stylistic distinction between public and private – all these cock a friendly snook at Verdi’s Aida. But the scope of Lleó’s pastiche is much broader. La Belle Helene, The Merry Widow and even Lohengrin are called in to ring the changes on the basic joke. And though Lleó is happy to draw on these models for grand oratory and private impropriety alike, his tunes are all perfectly originally, and perfectly seductive.”

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