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Auber: La Sirene
By Benjamin Mayenobe

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By Benjamin Mayenobe, David Reiland, Dorothee Lorthiois, Jacques Calatayud, Jean-Fernand Setti, Jean-Noel Teyssier, Jeanne Crousaud, Les Metaboles, Orchestre des Frivolites Parisiennes, and Xavier Flabat. By Daniel-Francois Auber. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #8660436. Published by Naxos (NX.8660436).

Item Number: NX.8660436

Auber earned international adulation in the late 1820s for his revolutionary grand opera 'La Muette de Portici' and by the time he composed 'La Sirene,' the success of which inspired potpourris of its melodies, he occupied a central place in French musical life. The mysterious siren of the title is part of a plot that abounds in fantastic comedy, love, betrayal, farce, and festivity in the lineage of Italian popular theatre. The German poet Heinrich Heine wrote that "La Sirene was received with resounding bravos... The author and the composer know how to amuse us agreeably, and even to enchant us, or to dazzle us by the luminous facets of their spirit.".

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