Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea: Le rouge et le noir

Le rouge et le noir, the pioneering psychological novel by Stendhal published in 1830, has had a number of adaptations on film but surprisingly few treatments in music. This three-act ballet, premiered in 2000, by the Romanian composer Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea (b. 1959), rectifies that omission in the grand manner. The atmosphere is dark and passionate, as the novel requires, and the musical language reflects the remarkable tradition of Romanian modernism that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century from the music of Enescu – a distinctive soundworld that blends rich timbral colour with deep roots in Romanian folk-music.

Mihaela Stanciu (soprano)
Romeo Cornelius (countertenor)
Chorus and Orchestra of Romanian National Opera
Răsvan Cernat (conductor)

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    Prologue –

  1. Prologue
  2. Act One

  3. Act One, Scene I: Soldier’s March
  4. Act One, Scene II: The Quarrel
  5. Act One, Scene III: The Church
  6. Act Two

  7. Act Two, Scene I: The Meeting
  8. Act Two, Scene I: The Mayor’s House (Passacaglia)
  9. Act Two, Scene II: Vergy – Love Duet
  10. Act Two, Scene III: Besançon, The Seminary at Besançon
  11. Act Three

  12. Act Three, Scene I: The Ball
  13. Act Three, Scene I: Seduction
  14. Act Three, Scene I: Alone
  15. Act Three, Scene II: Korasoff
  16. Act Three, Scene II: Passion Tango
  17. Act Three, Scene III: The Scandal
  18. Act Three, Scene III: The Letter
  19. Act Three, Scene III: The Bells – Carillon
  20. Epilogue

  21. Epilogue: The Prison
  22. Epilogue: The Judgement
  23. Epilogue: Last Meeting
  24. Epilogue: The Execution
  25. Epilogue: The Death of Madame de Rênal

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Catalogue No: TOCC0595
EAN/UPC: 5060113445957
Release Date: 08.01.2021
Composer: Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea
Artists: Chorus and Orchestra of Romanian National Opera, Mihaela Stanciu, Răsvan Cernat, Romeo Cornelius

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