Hannah Francis, James Gaddarn, English Symphony Orchestra, Philip Langridge - Maconchy: Héloïse and Abelard (2018)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 355MB
Label: Lyrita | Tracks: 12 | Time: 72:02 min
The story of Héloïse and Abelard, ill-starred lovers of the early twelfth century, is universally known, and a mountain of books has been written about them, some scholarly, some largely fictional. In making this libretto the composer has avoided the works of fiction and drawn only on Abelard's Historia Calamitatum in which he tells the tragic story in an open "Letter to a Friend", his letters to Héloïse, and most of all on Héloïse's passionate letters to Abelard.