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Déodat de Séverac: Le Coeur du Moulin
Opera in 2 Acts
- premiere 1909

Sophie Marin-Degor, Jean-Sébastien Bou, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Marie-Thérèse Keller, etc

Choeurs de l'Opéra de Tours/Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre-Tours/Jean-Yves Ossonce

Timpani CD 1C1176 [World Premiere recording; 76 mins; UK distributor Discovery]


The Heart of the Mill is a well written, undisturbing little opera with a basic triangle story but no tragic ending; a young man comes back home to find his sweetheart is married… Affectionate reunion, thoughts of resuming their love; prudence rules and he duly departs again...

Debussy liked it and so do I. The performance and recording are fine, and the production is lavish, with bi-lingual texts and extensive notes by Jeremy Drake to tell you all you'll ever need to know about de Severac (1872 – 1921).

Sample the music at http://www.amazon.com/Déodat-Séverac-Coeur-Moulin-Premiere/dp/B003KXSI58

Peter Grahame Woolf