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JAN BLOCKX - DE BRUID DER ZEE (Bride of the Sea) (1962 integral audio recording)

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As a teenager I discovered opera through Leo Riemens ‘Great Operas Book’. One by one I collected anything from Aida to Tannhäuser and ultimately even the rarest works, except two: De herbergprinses (Princess of the Inn) and De bruid der zee (Bride of the Sea) by Jan Blockx. No recordings in any kind of form were thought to exist of these operas. It took a full 30 years of research to finally discover that, in the 1960s, the last performances of these works ever were, unexpectedly, privately recorded! Apart from Herbergprinses and Bruid der Zee even Liefdelied (Love Song), the third part of the Blockx opera trilogy on city-life, sea-life and land-life proved to have been recorded in the late 1960s. For those interested in Flemish opera, listening to these recordings (libretti and 150+ page Dutch/English pdf-booklets loaded with photographs included) will be a moving experience. These are not just rarities, these are genuine masterpieces with great value in my anthology in progress of 401Dutch and Flemish operas. Of the Blockx operas, Bruid der Zee is my personal favourite. As a bonus we have added no less than 10 78 RPM recordings of Bruid der zee (hitherto only 4 were thought to exist!). In addition, we added our own 401Concerts 2 recording of the beautiful second act duet between Kerlien and Free, as performed by by Joris Grouwels and Pauline Lebbe in 2016.

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Jan Blockx: De Bruid der Zee (1961 recording + bonus)

Jan Blockx - De bruid der zee: Kerlien (Berthe van Hyfte, soprano) Djovita (Rita Lafaut, soprano) Arrie (Tonio Carlino, tenor) Free Kerdee (Jan Stroobants, baritone) Morik (Robert van Helvert, baritone) Guduul (Mariette Dierckx, alt) Peter Wulff (Jef Vermeersch, bass) Jong meisje (Nelly Lancia, soprano), Conductor: Frits Celis. Bonus tracks: historical recording 1904-2016 by Laurent Swolfs, Octavie Belloy, Betty Dasnoy, Emiel van Bosch, Aafje Heynis, Joris Grouwels, Pauline Lebbe.

As a teenager I discovered opera through Leo Riemens ‘Great Operas Book’. One by one I collected anything from Aida to Tannhäuser and ultimately even the rarest works, except two: De herbergprinses (Princess of the Inn) and De bruid der zee (Bride of the Sea) by Jan Blockx. It took a full 30 years of research to finally discover that the last performances of these works ever were, unexpectedly, privately recorded. Apart from Herbergprinses and Bruid der Zee even Liefdelied (Love Song), the third part of the Blockx opera trilogy on city life, sea life and land life proved to have been recorded at the Royal Flemish Opera Antwerp (KVO) in the 1960s.

For those interested in Flemish opera, listening to these recordings (libretti and 150+ page Dutch/English pdf-booklets loaded with photographs included) will be a moving experience. These are not just some rarities, these are genuine masterpieces with immense value in my anthology in progress of 401Dutch and Flemish operas. When I interviewed conductor Frits Celis on his work for Flemish opera and Herbergprinses in particular, he told me that the fancy fair scene in Herbergprinsess ‘inspired’ Charpentier to copy it in Louise’s scene de couronnement! As a bonus we have added no less than 10 78 RPM recordings of Herbergprinses (whereas hitherto only 1 was thought to exist!) Also we added the separately recorded second act conducted by Daniel Sternefeld in 1960. And an aria of our own 401COncerts  by Joris growls, recorded in 2016.. RS.

Production: 401DutchOperas.com
Audio/video production: 401DutchOperas.com
PDF booklet: PDF booklet: Contains a 185 page Dutch/English PDF booklet with photos from the production and historical performers, an extensive plot synopsis, background information, interview excerpts with conductor of the production Frits Celis, the libretto (Dutch) and numerous historical 1910-1966 aria recordings from the opera.
Graphic design, audio remastering: 401www.nl
Catalogue number: NLO201701JBHBP
℗ © 2017 401DutchOperas.com

MP3 FILES, ARTWORK + PDF BOOKLET IN .ZIP ARCHIVE FOR DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Audio samples below are low res, downloads contain high resolution mp3's
Info on the opera
can be found here
Total Time:
127.47'

Tracking

JAN BLOCKX | DE BRUID DER ZEE (integral 1962 audio recording !!!)
+ 67 minutes bonus tracks 1910-2016
Marie-Louise Hendrickx, Emiel de Jonghe, Cornelis Schell, Maria van der Meirsch, Stella Dalberg, Gilbert Dubuc, Jef Vermeersch, KVO September 17, 1961, conductor Frits Celis.
 
   
DOWNLOAD I  
ACT I  
01 Scene 1 ‘Orkestintro... Het waren twee conincskinderen’ (Arrie, Kerlien)
02 Scene 1, 2 ‘Maria, Maged schoon’ (Arrie, Kerlien)
03 Scene 2-4 ‘Dag Kolet... Dansen! Dansen! Dansen!’ (Een meisje)  
04 Scene 5, 6 ‘Garnaal! Garnaal! Meidekens van de zee’ (garnaalmeisjes)
ACT II  
05 Orkestintro
06 Scene 1 ‘In september klonk het steeg’ (Wulff, Guduul, Kerlien)  
07 Scene 2 ‘Adieu mijn zuster en broeder’ (Kerlien)
08 Scene 4 ‘Gij hebt een zilvren stem... Een meisje dat uit Scheveningen kwam’ (Djovita’s ballade)
09 Scene 4-7 ‘Dansen! Dansen! Dansen!’... ‘Zie!... O schoon!’ (juwelenduet Morik, Djovita)
10 Scene 7, 8 ‘Ik ken het water... De strandraaf’ (vissersmeisjes, Kerlien)  
11 Scene 8 ‘Lieveken zulde gij minnen’ (Djovita’s lied ‘Gebroken eed’)  
12 Scene 9 ‘Den eed vergeten’ (Kerlien)  
13 Scene 10 ‘Wat hoor ik daar van Free’ (Wulff, Guduul, Kerlien)  
14 Scene 11 ‘Wroeging beklemde heur ziele’ (Djovita, Kerlien)  
   TT 74.40
DOWNLOAD 2  
ACT III  
01 Orkestintroductie  
02 Scene 1 ‘Zo weer laveert gij achter mij’ (Kerdee, Morik)  
03 Scene 2 ‘Ik schrei des nachts en in den dag’ (Djovita, Kerdee)  
04 Scene 3 ‘O Petrus, Sinte Petrus’ (kinderen)
05 Scene 5, 6 ‘Gij spreekt hier valsche taal’ (Kerdee, Djovita)  
06 Scene 7, 8 ‘Wierook! Bellengeklingel’ (Kerlien; zegening van de zee)
07 Scene 8 ‘Moed! Kerdee!’ (vissersvolk, Kerdee)  
   
BONUS TRACKS  
08 ’Het waren twee conincskinderen’ [Act I, Arrie’s lied] Laurent Swolfs (Pathé, 1906)  
09 ’Het waren twee conincskinderen’ [Act I, Arrie’s lied] Laurent Swolfs (Odeon, 1906)
10 ’Het waren twee conincskinderen’ [Act I, Arrie’s lied] Emiel van Bosch (1911/1913)  
11 ’Garnaal, meidekens van de zee’ [Act I, Djovita, Kerlien] Betty Dasnoy, Octavie Belloy (1924)
12 ’Ik ben de bruid der eeuwige zee’ [Act III, Kerlien] Betty Dasnoy (1924)
13 ’Een meisje van Scheveningen’ [Act II, Djovita] Aafje Heynis (1966)  
14 ’Ach liefste comt swemt erover’ [Act II, Kerlien, Kerdee] Pauline Lebbe, Joris Grouwels, Antwerp, January 29, 2016.
[taken from 401Concerts 2]
   Total Time: 74.40'
* For discographical details see the full discography on page 31 of the pdf booklet to this download.
** All bonus recordings are presented in original 2017 401DutchOperas remasterings,
taken from original records.
 


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