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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 152

The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 152


Feb 1, 2023

Creator and music critic Robert Reilly joins the podcast to
focus on one of many biggest operas ever composed, Francis Poulenc’s
1957 Dialogues des Carmélites, which host Thomas Mirus
just lately noticed on the Metropolitan Opera. Primarily based on the true story of
sixteen Carmelite nuns who have been martyred within the French Revolution
(famously singing the Salve Regina as they went to the guillotine),
the opera is an adaptation of Georges Bernanos’s play, which in
flip was tailored from Gertrud von le Fort’s novella Track on the

With excellent non secular realism, Dialogues
dramatizes the internal wrestle of a soul. Its examination of the
complicated mix of motives for pursuing a spiritual vocation, the
worry of loss of life, and the transference of grace, is all of the extra
transferring when mixed with Poulenc’s beautiful music.

Along with this opera, Reilly introduces us to another
nice music by this Catholic composer.

One of many extra well-liked Twentieth-c. operas – Georges Bernanos
screenplay/stage play, primarily based on Gertrud von le Fort Track on the


Robert Reilly, Shocked by Magnificence: A Listener’s Information to the
Restoration of Fashionable Music

Shocked by Magnificence web site with music opinions and album
suggestions https://surprisedbybeautyorg.wordpress.com

Poulenc recordings heard on this episode:

Mass No. 2 in G Main, RIAS Kammerchor, carried out by
Marcus Creed

Dialogues des Carmélites, Dervaux, Duval, Crespin

Movies proven:

Metropolitan Opera 1987 efficiency of finale from Dialogues
des Carmelites

Metropolitan Opera 2019 excerpts:




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