The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes
|Meyerbeer: LES HUGUENOTS|
Act IV: Bénédiction des poignards excerpt : "[Ana]thème sur eux!" ... "entre vos mains j'enga[ge]"
Marcel Journet (bs), St. Bris
Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--
February 24, 1902
[Slip: "good Huguenots"; Glackens 89.]
In the next scene, the Catholics have planned a wholesale massacre of the Huguenots and their leaders. Three monks are present to bless their swords, and the company swears allegiance to the cause. These two cylinders overlap slightly; the chorus is clearly singing in Italian (the Ricordi translation), as presumably are the two basses, though their few lines are not clear enough to be certain of this.