Weckerlin: La Laitiere de Trianon Joan Rodgers, Yann Beuron, Jeff Cohen

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Label: Opera Rara

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Joan Rodgers, Yann Beuron, Jeff Cohen

Composer: Jean-Baptiste Wekerlin (1821-1910)

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  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin (1821 - 1910): Weckerlin: La Laitiere de Trianon:
  • 1Overture03:25
  • 2"A Madame la Comtesse de Lucienne " (Madame de Lucienne)01:18
  • 3"Sourire a tous, a contre-coeur " (Madame de Lucienne)02:12
  • 4"Laitiere! ... Laitiere de Trianon! ... " (Madame de Lucienne)02:34
  • 5"A M. le Marquis de Brunoy. Tres-bien! " (Le Marquis)00:50
  • 6"Alos, quand j'etais dans les pages " (Le Marquis)04:37
  • 7"Allons, allons ... tout beau, mes souvenirs! " (Le Marquis)00:27
  • 8"Ma belle enfant, veuilles m'apprendre " (Le Marquis, Madame Lucienne)04:44
  • 9"Eh bien, Monsieur ... " (Madame de Lucienne, Le Marquis)01:22
  • 10"Que les gens de la ville " (Madame de Lucienne)02:15
  • 11"Oh! Mais moi, c'est different ... " (Le Marquis)00:24
  • 12"C'etait ecrit! Je ne puis m'y soustraire " (Le Marquis, Madame de Lucienne)05:48
  • 13"Oui ... je me souviens, en effet " (Le Marquis, Madame de Lucienne)00:33
  • 14"Ah! Il parlait de ... fleurette, l'aubepine " (Madame de Lucienne)00:32
  • 15"Il peut aimer l'une avant l'autre " (Madame de Lucienne)02:44
  • 16"Mais quel est son project? " (Madame de Lucienne)00:26
  • 17"Pret a sortir de Luneville " (Le Marquis)03:15
  • 18"Fort bien! Le voici " (Madame de Lucienne, Le Marquis)02:34
  • 19"Je suis joue! C'est la Comtesse! " (Le Marquis, Madame de Lucienne)07:25
  • 20"Messieurs ... " (Le Marquis, Madame de Lucienne)04:43
  • 21"Il peut aimer l'une" (Madame de Lucienne)02:37
  • 22"Messieurs, et vous aussi Mesdames ... " (Le Marquis, Madame de Lucienne)01:49
  • Total Runtime56:34

Info for Weckerlin: La Laitiere de Trianon

As with a previous issue in Opera Rara’s acclaimed Il Salotto series, which comprised Pauline Viardot's delightful chamber operetta Cendrillon, this release focuses on a single work designed for intimate performance - J.B. Wekerlin’s 'opérette de salon' La Laitière de Trianon (The Milkmaid of Trianon). Just two singers take part in the piece, set at Versailles in 1775.

"In the mid-nineteenth century, opérettes de salon, light comedies intended for performances in homes and often within the capability of amateur singers, were a popular form of entertainment, particularly in France. Usually scored for just a few voices and piano, they included musical numbers interspersed with spoken dialogue. Success on the operatic stage eluded Parisian composer Jean-Baptiste Wekerlin (1921-1910), but he was prolific with his opérettes de salon, and while they brought him neither fame nor fortune, they were a creative outlet for which posterity should be grateful. La Laitière de Trainon (The Milkmaid of Trianon), which he wrote at Rossini's request for one of his famous soirées, is a completely delightful work, skillfully crafted, elegant, witty, and musically sparkling. Several numbers, particularly the tenor's "Prêt à partir de Lunéville" and the soprano's "Il peut aimer l'une avant l'autre," transcend the genre of salon music and could easily slip into the repertoire of nineteenth century opera excerpts deserving consideration by recitalists. Opera Rara gives the modest piece a first-rate treatment in this premiere recording, which was the result of the research of musicologist Jeremy Commons. Soprano Joan Rodgers and tenor Yann Beuron are fresh-voiced and fetching in the roles La Comtesse de Lucienne and Le Marquis de Brunoy, and pianist Jeff Cohen provides a lively accompaniment. The set contains several additional charming works by Wekerlin, one an adulatory ode that the singers delivered to Rossini after the first performance and another written for a later performance at the home of the composer Ambroise Thomas and his wife. The sound is clean, transparent, and intimate." (Stephen Eddins, AMG)

Joan Rodgers, soprano
Yann Beuron, tenor
Jeff Cohen, piano

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Joan Rodgers
is equally established in opera, concert and as a recitalist. She has appeared in concert with conductors including Solti, Barenboim, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Mackerras, Ashkenazy, Salonen, Rattle, Elder and Bolton. She has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and the USA. Operatic engagements have included performances at all the major UK opera houses as well as in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Her many recordings include albums of songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Wolf, Fauré and Mozart and the three Mozart Da Ponte operas with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Joan Rodgers received the Royal Philharmonic Society award as Singer of the Year for 1997, the 1997 Evening Standard Award for outstanding performance in opera for her performance as The Governess in the Royal Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Liverpool University in July 2005. Joan Rodgers was awarded the CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List.

Yann Beuron
After studies in sociology, Yann Beuron studied singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, with Anna Maria Bondi, and obtained the first prize in 1996. In December 1995, he made his debut at the Opéra du Rhin as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, under the direction of William Christie.

The year following, he made his debut at the Palais Garnier in Paris in a new production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. He returned to this theatre in 2004 to sing a new production of Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, in 2006 to sing a new production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

In subsequent years, his engagements rapidly increased: Cosi Fan Tutte (Bordeaux, Stuttgart), Idomeneo (Marseille), Don Giovanni (Lisbon), Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Mignon (Toulouse), Falstaff (Marseille, Festival d’Aix en Provence), La Cenerentola (Brussels, Lausanne), La Belle Hélène (Théâtre du Châtelet), Hamlet and L’Heure Espagnole (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and recently in Stuttgart under Stéphane Denève and in La Scala conducted by Marc Minkowski), Dialogues des Carmélites (Theater an der Wien with Bertrand de Billy). In 2003, Yann Beuron made his debut in the United States with the San Francisco Opera (Barbiere di Siviglia).

In recent seasons, Mr. Beuron returned to the Paris Opera (Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne, Alceste by Gluck and les Contes d’Hoffmann) and to the Aix Festival (Idomeneo and Pinocchio by Philippe Boesmans). He also made his debut at the Mozart Festwochen in Salzburg (Idomeneo), at the Teatro Real in Madrid (Iphigénie, Pelléas et Mélisande and La Clemenza di Tito) and at Covent Garden (Dialogues des Carmélites under Simon Rattle) the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam (Iphigénie), Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Dialogues des Carmélites), the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Pelléas et Mélisande, Au Monde and Pinocchio by Boesmans, La Vestale by Spontini). He sang the rare Le Roi Carotte and Barbe-Bleue by Offenbach staged by Laurent Pelly at the Opéra de Lyon, and received a unanimous acclaim…He also gave numerous recitals in Venice and in Strasburg.

A frequent guest soloist on the concert podium, he has performed with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He recently sang with les Musiciens du Louvre in Mozart’s Requiem (Paris, Barcelona, Valencia, Hamburg, Cracow…).

Mr. Beuron has recorded for DGG-Archive, EMI France, Virgin Classics, Erato and Philips Classics. His recent recordings include the third part of Fauré’s complete series (for Timpani) and L’Enfance du Christ under the baton of Sylvain Cambreling (for Glor Classics), St Saëns melodies with Orchestra (for Alpha Classics)…

Among his projects, Yann Beuron will be performing in Le Roi Carotte at the Opéra de Lyon, La Dame blanche by Boieldieu at the Opéra Comique, Le Soulier de satin at the Paris National Opera. In concert he will sing in Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz with the Orquesta y coro di RTVE, La Carmélite by Reynaldo Hahn with the Orchestre du Capitole in Toulouse…

Since 2011, he works with his voice teacher Daniel Ottevaere.

Jeff Cohen
studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with Lillian Freundlich before moving to France to study piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National de Paris with Reine Gianoli and Geneviève Joy. He continued his studies with Leon Fleisher and Peter Feuchtwanger.

As a pianist, Cohen has collaborated with numeroussingers and instrumentalists, such as Roberto Alagna, John Aler, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli, Jane Birkin, Dale Duesing, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Angela Gheorghiu, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Sumi Jo, Steve Lacy, Noël Lee, Ute Lemper, François Le Roux, Dame Felicity Lott and Mady Mesplé, among others.

He has made a number of recordings, including a live recital at La Scala with Angela Gheorghiu, various compilations of French mélodie with François Le Roux, of Kurt Weill and cabaret songs with Ute Lemper, as well as two-piano works with Noel Lee. He has assisted conductors such as Sir George Solti, Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson and Michel Plasson on recordings with Decca and EMI.

Last November, Jeff Cohen was musical director and pianist in the Opéra Français de New York production, Debussy and Poe. He appeared as pianist in Peter Brook’s Impressionsde Pelléas, as well as Roman Polanski’s staging of the play Masterclass in Paris. He conducted Giorgio Strehler’s production of Der Dreigroschenoper and assisted Myung-Whung Chung on Otello at the opening season of the Paris Bastille Opera.

French television aired Jeff d’orchestre during several years, a show written and presented by Jeff Cohen which introduced music to children. He has also composed original music for feature films, plays, and dance pieces.

Mr. Cohen resides in Paris and is currently professor of mélodie and Lied at the Conservatoire National. In June 2006, Jeff Cohen was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government ..

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