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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Massenet: LE CID
- Band 8

Band 8

Act I: O noble lame excerpt : "[Pure] comme un regard d'enfant" ... "Gloire à Saint Jacques le Majeur!"

Albert Alvarez (t), Rodrigue

Lucienne Bréval (s), Chimène

Suzanne Adams (s), L'Infante

Charles Gilibert (b), Le Roi

Marcel Journet (bs), Le Comte De Gormas

Edouard De Reszke (bs), Don Diègue

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra--

Phillippe Flon

February 19 or March 4, 1902 (?)

[No external evidence for dating. Our ascription to Alvarez is based on the fact that the recording speed matches Band 5; although the sound is less good, this is more a function of condition--this comes from the Mapleson Music Library group--than of original recording quality. This was the only "O noble lame" cylinder in the Seltsam collection, and it seems likely that Glackens and Bishop didn't recognize it; it may be their No. 115 ("Choral--possibly Romeo? I do not recognize it--G."), or perhaps 116 ("Choral--French?").]

Following a contrasting episode in which Rodrigue thinks of his beloved Chimène, the original strain is resumed by the ensemble. At the end of the ensemble, bells are rung and the organ inside the cathedral plays (clearly audible on Band 7).

[original]

RODRIGUE. echoed by PRINCIPALS and CHORUS

O noble lame étincelante,
pure [ Band 8 begins → ] comme un regard d'enfant.
combats gardienne [ Band 7 begins → ] vigilante,
et fais l'honneur triomphant!
Pendant les injustes querelles
reste immobile à mon coté,
mais sois de flamme et prend des ailes
pour l'Espagne et la liberté!
Sois de flamme, prend des ailes
pour l'Espagne,
pour l'Espagne et la liberté!

THE KING
Va, mon bon chevalier, va dans notre chapelle
vénir celui qui fait les vaillants comme toi!

CHORUS
Gloire à Saint Jacques le Majeur,
souverain patron de l'Espagne!

PRIESTS
Gloire à Saint Jacques le Majeur! [ ← Bands 7 & 8 end ]

[translation]

RODRIGUE. echoed by PRINCIPALS and CHORUS

Oh! blade that shines in splendor bright
as stars that glitter in the night
or childhood's eyes, my guardian be,
that I may naught but honor see!
Remain sheathed in unjust fight,
but always ready for the right;
spring from thy scabbard swift and free
for Spain and for her liberty!
spring from thy scabbard swift and free
for Spain,
for Spain and for her liberty!

THE KING
Go, fair Sir Knight, and thank the Lord
who gives His blessing to thy sword.

CHORUS
Glory to Saint James the Greater,
sovereign patron of Spain!

PRIESTS
Glory to Saint James the Greater!


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