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PETITGIRARD, L.: Guru [Opera] (Claessens, Petrovna, Do, Wierzba, Kahn, Vidal, Budapest Studio Choir, Hungarian Symphony, Petitgirard)

Composer(s):Petitgirard, Laurent
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660300-01
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Prize-winning French composer Laurent Petitgirard has written accomplished music in many forms, notably symphonic and music for film and television, but it is as an operatic composer that he has received perhaps the greatest acclaim. His opera on the subject of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man [Naxos CD 8.557608–09 / Marco Polo DVD 2.220001] was hailed as “a compelling and moving score—the composer’s melodic gift is very much his own” (Sunday Telegraph). Guru, completed in 2009, is a work of similar stature. Ostensibly it concerns mass suicides in a cult, reminiscent of the 1978 Jonestown suicides, but Petitgirard’s pleas for



Review By Alain Duault,Classica,November 2011


Review By Bertrand Dermoncourt,L’Express,September 2011

Opéra tragique et militant, “avec le but assumé de dénoncer la manipulation mentale”, Guru s’inspire du drame de Jonestown (Guyana), en 1978, et de son terrifiant suicide de masse. Plus de 900 personnes avaient péri dans ce drame.


Review By Bertrand Dermoncourt,Classica,September 2011


Review By Bertrand Dermoncourt,Classica,September 2011

Laurent Petitgirard understood that a good opera needed a good story.


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