Normandy in the Années Folles. Romantic encounters, changes of identity and unexpected comic twists: in Passionnément, André Messager places himself at the intersection of café-concert, American popular music and French operetta. The score is swept along with great spirit by Véronique Gens, Étienne Dupuis, Nicole Car and enthusiastic soloists accompanied by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under Stefan Blunier. As witty as Messager’s music, the libretto, with its flavour of boulevard theatre, offers a genuine manifesto of the French spirit in the 1920s.
Recorded at the Prinzregententheater in Munich (Germany), on 11, 12 and 13 December 2020
Contents of the book
Drama and... passion
Christophe Mirambeau, A few remarks about Passionnément
Roland-Manuel, André Messager
André Lénéka, The true tradition of the French school
Georges de Wissant, Albert Willemetz at work