GEORGES BIZET (1838-1875)
   
  highlights from  
 The Pearl Fishers 79:00  
  Opera in Three Acts  
  Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré  
  English translation by David Parry  
   
  from Act I  
1 Prelude 1:54
  No. 1a, Introductioin  
2 'At the break of day with the waves at play' 3:32
  Chorus  
  No. 1b, Scene and Chorus  
3 'My friends, yoiu must delay your dances' 4:03
  Zurga, Chorus, Nadir  
  No. 1 c, Recitative and Chorus reprise  
4 'Stay here and live with us, Nadir' 2:14
  Zurga, Nadir, Chorus  
  No. 2a, Recitative  
5 'At last I have found you again!' 2:37
  Zurga, Nadir  
  No. 2b, Duet  
6 'Then from the holy shrine' 7:11
  Nadir, Zurga  
  No. 4a, Recitative  
7 'Hearing her voice my soul is a cauldron of passion!' 1:24
  Nadir  
  No. 4b, Romance  
8 'Again her voice will haunt me' 3:11
  No. 5, Air and Chorus  
9 'Brahma the god, sovereign of the world' 5:31
  Leïla, Chorus, Nadir  
   
  from Act II  
  No. 7, Recitative and Cavatina  
10 'I am alone here in the night' 6:50
  Leïla  
  No. 8, Chanson  
11 'My love was weeping while she was sleeping' 1:53
  No. 9, Duo  
12 'Leïla! Leïla!' 6:49
  Nadir, Leïla  
   
  from Act III  
  No. 11, Entr'acte, Recitative and Air  
13 'The storm has run its course' 6:22
  Zurga  
  No. 12a, Recitative  
14 '(She is here! My heart… is pounding…)' 1:07
  Zurga, Leïla  
  No. 12b, Duo  
15 '(I would speak, but I cannot)' 10:03
  Leïla, Zurga, Chorus  
  No. 14, Scene and Duo  
16 'Spirits of dreaful night' 4:46
  Nourabad, Chorus, Nadir, Leïla  
   
  Bonus tracks  
  No. 15, Trio (posthumous ending)  
17 'Sacred light of being' 4:03
  Leïla, Nadir, Zurga  
  No. 2b, Duet (posthumous ending)  
18 'Then from the holy shrine' 5:19
  Nadir, Zurga  
   
 Simon Keenlyside baritone - Zurga
 Barry Banks tenor - Nadir
 Rebecca Evans soprano - Leïla
 Alastair Miles bass - Nourabad
 Brad Cohen
  10-12 September 2007