LES AVENTURES DU ROI PAUSOLE
When Arthur Honegger surprised the musical world with a genuine operetta, he gave the best possible proof of his creative imagination's exceptional diversity. Les Aventures du Roi Pausole was obviously composed with immense pleasure, and Honegger must have had great fun working on it: his friend Albert Willemetz's sparkling libretto certainly encouraged him. Willemetz based his wonderful libretto on the novel of the same name by Pierre Louys. In its light and unaffected way, it is a "committed" work, whose ideal of "live and let live" could not fail to claim Honegger's support. The happy kingdom of Tryphème's, joyfully anarchist basic law, to do anything one likes except harm one's neighbour, is an enviable ideal indeed. Soon after the score was finished, rehearsals began, and the première, taking place on 12 December 1930 at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens and conducted by the composer himself, was the greatest popular success of his whole career. Only recently, this success has been renewed, notably in Lausanne and in Toulouse, which is yet another reason why this first complete recording is so welcome today.
Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)
Gabriel Bacquier, Michel Sénéchal, Rachel Yakar, Christine Barbaux, Bernadette Antoine, Reinaldo Macias, Brigitte Fournier, Monique Barscha, Charles Ossola, Philharmonische Werkstatt Schweiz, Basler Madrigalisten, Mario Venzago (Leitung).
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