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    César Franck 

    In this rare Hulda, the musician rediscovers all the lyricism so characteristic of his symphonic and chamber works.

    Gergely Madaras
    Gergely Madaras © Balazs Borocz
    © Anthony DEhez

    Jennifer Holloway | Hulda
    Véronique Gens | Gudrun
    Judith van Wanroij | Swanhilde
    Marie Gautrot | Hulda's mother / Halgerde
    Ludivine Gombert | Thordis
    Edgaras Montvidas | Eiolf
    Matthieu Lécroart | Gudleik
    Christian Helmer | Aslak
    Artavazd Sargsyan | Eyrick
    François Rougier | Gunnard
    Sébastien Droy | Eynar
    Guilhem Worms | Thrond
    Matthieu Toulouse | Arne / A Herald

    Gergely Madaras | direction
    Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
    Chœur de chambre de Namur

    Full version 
    Sung in French, surtitled in French and English

    Hulda, composed between 1879 and 1885, was never performed during César Franck's lifetime and took more than a century to be premiered in its entirety (London, 1994). Inspired by a Norwegian play, this medieval legend closely follows Wagner's imagination without turning its back on French grand opera. Premiered in Monte Carlo in 1894 in an abridged version and minimalist staging, the work was then cleverly "buried" by Franck's students. Preferring to keep the image of a composer of pure music, they reserved for themselves the glory of embodying the Wagnerian legacy on stage. If these issues are now obsolete, we are left with Hulda, "a high-flying score, brimming with invention, with a gripping evocative force and a lyrical quality of the highest order" according to Joël-Marie Fauquet, the composer's biographer.

    COPRODUCTION Palazzetto Bru Zane | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège / Centre d’Art Vocal et de Musique Ancienne
    Dans le cadre du bicentenaire César Franck (1822-2022) de l’Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège et du 9e Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

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