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Track(s) taken from CDA66571/2

Les Sabéennes – Berceuse de l'opéra La reine de Saba de Charles Gounod, S408

published 1865
1862; La reine de Saba

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: August 1991
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: May 1992
Total duration: 5 minutes 46 seconds

Cover artwork: Scene I of Wagner's Das Rheingold (1876) by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)


'There are riches galore here … Howard, as with every volume so far, brings to the recording studio the excitement of a live performance while never neglecting or unduly emphasising the poetry and sentiment' (CDReview)
These days only Faust remains in the standard repertoire, and only Roméo et Juliette waits in the wings; the rest of the once-mighty Gounod’s operas gather dust—just one of many wrongs unlikely to be righted in the present stringent financial climate. And Liszt’s felicitous transcription of the Cradle Song from The Queen of Sheba has shared the same fate, without the financial excuse.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992

De nos jours, seul Faust reste au répertoire classique; Roméo et Juliette est le seul à attendre son tour d’être repris, et les autres opéras de Gounod, autrefois si importants, s’empoussièrent dans les archives. Ce n’est qu’une des nombreuses injustices que le climat financier si rigoureux en ce moment n’est pas prêt à redresser. Et la jolie transcription de la Berceuse de La Reine de Saba partage le même sort, sans avoir la même excuse financière.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1992
Français: Hypérion

Heutzutage gehört nur noch Faust demZ Standardrepertoire an, und nur Roméo et Juliette steht wartend in den Kulissen, während die übrigen Opern des einst so einflußreichen Gounod in den Archiven verstauben—ein Unrecht unter vielen, die im gegenwärtigen Klima eingeschränkter Finanzen wenig Aussicht haben, wiedergutgemacht zu werden. Und Liszts geglückte Transkription des Wiegenliedes aus Der Königin von Saba hat das gleiche Schicksal erlitten, und zwar ohne die Ausrede mit den Finanzen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1992
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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