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CHAN 3134 - Poulenc: The Carmelites
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CD available From: 01 September 2006
     
 Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
The Carmelites 144:15
      Opera in three acts
      Libretto by the composer after Georges Bernanos' play Dialogue des Carmélites, revised English version by Joseph Machlis
     
      COMPACT DISC ONE
      Act I
      Scene 1
1 'Where is Blanche?' 7:23
      Chevalier de la Force, Marquis de la Force
2 'Blanche, your poor brother was so very impatient' 3:31
      Marquis, Blanche de la Force, Chevalier
3 'Her poor imagination always flies from one extreme to another' 1:43
      Marquis, Chevalier, Blanche, Thierry
4 'Dear father, there is no incident so small or unimportant' 4:05
      Blanche, Marquis
     
      Scene 2
5 Prelude 1:42
6 'Do not believe this comfortable chair is a privilege' 3:08
7 'What has driven you here?' 1:31
8 'My daughter, the outside world often questions' 5:36
      Madame de Croissy (Prioress), Blanche
     
      Scene 3
9 Prelude 2:37
10 'Oh no, not more beans!' 7:09
      Constance, Blanche
     
      Scene 4
11 Prelude 2:11
12 'Would you be so kind as to raise my pillow' 8:22
      Prioress, Mother Marie
13 'You may get up my child' 5:09
      Prioress, Blanche, Monsieur Javelinot
14 'Monsieur Javelinot, you must know it's customary' 3:42
      Prioress, Mother Marie
15 'Please inform your sisters' 3:08
      Mother Marie, Prioress, Blanche
     
      Act II
      Scene 1
16 'Qui Lazarum resuscutasti a monumento foetidum' 2:20
      Constance, Blanche
17 'What are you doing?' 2:52
      Mother Marie, Blanche
     
      Interlude
18 'Dear Sister, I'm afraid that our cross' 3:55
      Constance, Blanche
     
      Scene 2
19 'My dear daughters, I don't need to remind you' 5:41
      Madame Lidoine (the new Prioress), Mother Marie
20 'Ave Maria' 1:45
      Mother Marie, Carmelites, Prioress
     
      Interlude
21 'What is going on?' 2:09
      Prioress, Constance, Mother Marie
      79:50
      COMPACT DISC TWO
      Scene 3
1 Prelude 1:45
2 'Blanche, why do you believe like this?' 7:22
      Chevalier, Blanche
3 'Compose yourself, Sister Blanche' 1:50
      Mother Marie, Blanche
     
      Scene 4
4 'My faithful daughters, I know that some among you' 3:28
      Chaplain, Carmelites
5 'But what will become of you?' 2:51
      Blanche, Chaplain, Constance, Sister Mathilde, Prioress, Mother Marie
6 'Someone is ringing the bell' 1:09
      Constance, Sister Mathilde, Crowd, Chaplain, Carmelites
7 'Open the door, open the door now!' 4:09
      Voice, Mother Marie, First Commissioner, Second Commissioner
8 'My sisters, our Reverend Mother is coming' 1:54
      Mother Jeanne, Blanche, Mother Marie, Crowd
     
      Act III
      Scene 1
9 'Father, speak to them' 4:22
      Mother Marie, Chaplain, Mother Jeanne, Sister Mathilde
10 'There is only one vote against. That is enough' 3:13
      Mother Marie, Sister Mathilde, Constance
     
      Interlude
11 'Fellow citizens, we congratulate you' 2:22
      Officer
12 'Sister Gerald, we have to warn the priest' 1:46
      Prioress, Mother Marie
     
      Scene 2
13 Prelude 1:53
14 'It's you!' 5:31
      Blanche, Mother Marie, Woman's Voice
     
      Scene 3
15 'My daughters, we have almost come to the end' 4:09
      Prioress, Mother Jeanne
16 'And what of Sister Blanche?' 0:36
      Constance, Prioress, Sister Mathilde
17 ''The Tribunal of the Revolution declares'' 2:27
      Gaoler
18 'May daughters, I wanted to save you' 2:07
      Prioress
     
      Interlude
19 'It is done. They have been condemned' 1:56
      Chaplain, Mother Marie
     
      Scene 4
20 Prelude 2:41
21 'Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae' 6:45
      Prioress, Mother Jeanne, Sister Mathilde, Constance, Carmelites, Blanche
      64:25
 Ashley Holland baritone - Marquis de la Force
 Catrin Wyn-Davies soprano - Blanche de la Force
 Peter Wedd tenor - Chevalier de la Force
 Gary Coward baritone - Thierry
 Natalie Herman soprano - Off-stage voice
 Felicity Palmer mezzo-soprano - Madame de Croissy
 Dame Josephine Barstow soprano - Mother Marie
 Orla Boylan soprano - Madame Lidoine
 Sarah Tynan soprano - Sister Constance
 Jane Powell mezzo-soprano - Mother Jeanne
 Anne Marie Gibbons mezzo-soprano - Sister Mathilde
 Ryland Davies tenor - The Chaplain
 William Berger baritone - Monsieur Javelinot
 James Edwards tenor - First Commissioner
 Roland Wood baritone - Second Commissioner
 Toby Stafford-Allen baritone - First Officer
 David Stephenson baritone - Gaoler
 English National Opera Chorus
 English National Opera Orchestra
 Paul Daniel
 Recorded in:
 Blackheath Halls, London
      20-26 October 2005
 Producer(s)
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Michael Common (Assistant)
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24Bit 96Khz

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