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FULL Mécanopéra, récital pédagogique commenté Paris 2021

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  • Published by: Opera comique  
  • Date Published: 2021  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, frsubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

Episode 1 – The Fables of La Fontaine. Animals “to educate men” Jean de La Fontaine often uses anthropomorphism to better denounce the behavior of men. In the 19th century, his fables were anchored in French melody thanks to composers such as Jacques Offenbach and Benjamin Godard. By adapting “The Raven and the Fox” or even “The Coach and the Fly” they then give these multiple animals back their human voices.

Episode 2 – The Fables of La Fontaine. Art to resist In several of his fables, La Fontaine praises freedom and rebellion. By setting to music “Le Coppetier et le Financier” as well as “The Oak and the Reeds”, Charles Lecoq and Pauline Viardot are proposing a manifesto which brandishes Art – words and notes – as a weapon of resistance.

Episode 3 – Satirical bestiary Among the poultry, the majestic peacock is radically different from the unsightly turkey. Yet here they are both requisitioned to serve the satire of the powerful who take themselves too seriously. Maurice Ravel and Emmanuel Chabrier offer two contrasting musical settings full of humor, tenderness and impertinence.

Episode 4 – Children have their say At a time when discipline, authority and obedience are the pillars of education, Manuel Rosenthal and Francis Poulenc give children a voice. In “The Grammar” and “The Too Healthy Little Boy”, the adults are not at the end of their sentence!

Episode 5 – Feminine freedom Germaine Tailleferre and Joseph Kosma offer women the opportunity to claim their freedom outside of social codes. The titles “La Fidélité” but also “And then after? “Promote assertiveness and are a further step in the quest for equality.

Episode 6 – Politically (un) correct In “La java des bombes atomiques”, or “Le Gorille”, Boris Vian and Georges Brassens pretend to walk us through incongruous stories on light music. They actually deliver groundbreaking and squeaky messages …

Mécanopéra – Episode 1: From Paris to Seville Our journey begins in Spain, a land of encounter between West and East. With his opera “Carmen”, the composer Georges Bizet is one of the first to evoke this country in his music and through the most exotic effects, he transports us to an imaginary folklore. In this story, we meet Carmen, a free woman for whom love is like a bird that flies freely without being held back… Follow this journey among the gypsies and closer to human passions.

Episode 2 – From Algiers to Cairo Let’s continue our exploration of other territories. If with a music so characteristic of European romanticism, our ears are sometimes very little disoriented, the stories themselves, transport our imagination to distant lands. And whatever the destination, there is often a universal theme: love!

Episode 3 – From New Delhi to Kyoto It is in the Far East that we end our journey. The discovery of Japan, especially in the universal exhibitions, gives birth to new influences and above all, infuses all European artistic forms. Cultural alloys, which give artists new impetus, can also create less happy sparks. In the opera Lakmé, the meeting between two people from different cultures creates a wave of shock.

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