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Robinson Crusoe

Jacques Offenbach

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In Offenbach's 1867 version, loosely based on Daniel Defoe’s classic, Robinson Crusoe is a hopeless romantic who runs away to sea only to be shipwrecked. His fiancée and her two servants... read more

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Song title Time Format Price
playstop01 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Overture05:28
playstop02 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Introduction: There is a story I'd like you to hear 07:23
playstop03 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Voice of the sea, calling to me 05:30
playstop04 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Quartet: All right! Sit down and take your places now 04:39
playstop05 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: The family that's always apart 04:18
playstop06 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: My friend Tom was a dancing master 04:36
playstop07 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Ensemble: There's got to be a way ? 05:23
playstop08 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: I am in love! 03:19
playstop09 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Quartet: With a kiss, with a kiss! 03:50
playstop10 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Duet: Please hear me ? let me speak 05:37
playstop11 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Duet: Shining brightly up above me 05:10
playstop12 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Finale: Ah well, then on my own 01:40
playstop13 Robinson Crusoe: Act I: Finale: Our Father in heaven above 04:39
playstop14 Robinson Crusoe: Act II: Sea Symphony07:44
playstop15 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena I: Six years and seven days 06:05
playstop16 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena I: In the long ago, Friday speak to Sarantha 04:01
playstop17 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena I: Duet: A pain that fills my heart when I remember Edwige 05:40
playstop18 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena I: Duet: One day you'll fall in love 07:14
playstop19 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena II: Entr'acte - Now look what you've got us into! 06:19
playstop20 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena II: Stewpot Song: You take a gallon of water and an onion or two 03:41
playstop21 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena II: Duet: Oh, hold me Toby! 05:06
playstop22 Robinson Crusoe: Act II scena II: Duet: I can't think why I married you! 03:33
playstop23 Robinson Crusoe: Act II: Finale: Prepare, prepare! Make the goddess ready 04:15
playstop24 Robinson Crusoe: Act II: Ensemble: Please don't make a fuss 06:22
playstop25 Robinson Crusoe: Act II: Waltz Song: Take me away to the one I adore 05:01
playstop26 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: Entr'acte03:01
playstop27 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: A perfume fills the air 04:57
playstop28 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: Trio: This must be what bliss is 04:56
playstop29 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: Ensemble: Happy day, happy day! 02:23
playstop30 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: I had a dream, a dream of you 03:14
playstop31 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: I break a Tamayo taboo! 03:23
playstop32 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: When I was small my mother always 01:54
playstop33 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena I: Quartet: There's no place like England 03:51
playstop34 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena II: It's time to take a liquor break! 04:08
playstop35 Robinson Crusoe: Act III scena II: Finale: Tamayos are we, everybody knows 05:54

In Offenbach's 1867 version, loosely based on Daniel Defoe’s classic, Robinson Crusoe is a hopeless romantic who runs away to sea only to be shipwrecked. His fiancée and her two servants set out to find him and themselves fall into mishap. With the help of Man Friday the whole company is rescued from drunken pirates and waltzing cannibals. The excellent English translation is superbly sung by a strong cast.

'Yvonne Kenny and John Brecknock are outstanding' - Penguin CD & DVD Guide

John Brecknock (Robinson Crusoe), Yovnne Kenny (Edwige), Roderick Kennedy (Sir William Crusoe), Enid Hartle (Lady Deborah Crusoe), Marilyn Hill Smith (Suzanne), Alexander Oliver (Toby), Sandra Browne (Man Friday), Alan Opie (Jim Cocks), Wyndham Parfitt (Will Atkins), Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alun Francis – conductor

THE STORY

 

ACT ONE

Inside the Crusoe’s home, in Bristol

While Suzanne, the maid, Lady Crusoe and her niece Edwige prepare for Sunday tea, Sir William Crusoe pointedly reads the parable of the Prodigal Son.  Robinson arrives, late as usual, but soon charms his way out of a scolding.  Taking Toby, the Crusoe’s factotum, aside, he explains that he has booked passages to South America for them both that very night.  They are overheard by Suzanne, Toby’s fiancée.  Edwige, realising that she is in love with Robinson, begs him to stay, but to no avail.  Even when Toby withdraws from the venture – at Suzanne’s insistence – Robinson knows he has to go alone to seek his fortune.

 

ACT TWO

Scene I A desert island at the mouth of the Orinoco

Six years have passed. Robinson’s ship has been captured by pirates and he has escaped with his life to this desert island.  His only companion is Man Friday, rescued by Robinson as the poor native was about to be sacrificed to the god Saranha by the Tamayos, a cannibal tribe also resident on the island.  Robinson yearns for Edwige and tries to explain to Friday that one day he too will fall in love – but the native doesn’t understand.

Scene II Another part of the island

Tired of waiting for Robinson’s return, Edwige has set out in search of him, taking with her Suzanne and Toby, now man and wife.  Their ship, too, has been captured by pirates.  Set adrift, they have arrived on Robinson’s island.  Suzanne and Toby are captured by cannibals and handed over to the cannibals’ chef, none other than Jim Cocks, a neighbour from Bristol who had run away to sea ten years before and suffered a similar fate.  Now, he informs them, they are about to be the ingredients of the cannibals’ dinner that night.  As the sun sets, Edwige is led in by the natives.  Her blonde hair and fair complexion have let them to believe that she is the white goddess of their legends who will arrive from across the sea and who, when burned at the stake, will become the bride of Saranha.  All this is observed by Friday who has fallen instantly in love with Edwige.  As the funeral pyre is about to be lit, he fires Robinson’s pistol, and as the savages run off in fright, he rescues the three victims and Jim Cocks.

 

ACT THREE

Scene I Robinson’s hut

Robinson, returning from a night of vigil, watching for a ship, is told by Friday not to wake the goddess.  Edwige and Robinson are reunited.  Suzanne, Toby and Jim Cocks are delighted to find that Friday’s master is none other than their own Robinson.  He tells them that the pirates have put ashore for supplies and this is their chance to take over the ship and return to England.

Scene II The lagoon

The carousing pirates make fun of Robinson who pretends to be mad.  He tells them a tale of buried treasure and they rush off into the jungle, where they are immediately set upon by the cannibals.  With the pirates’ muskets, Robinson now holds the upper hand.  The pirates beg him to save them.  Despite their wickedness, he agrees if, as they sail for Bristol once again, Captain Atkins will marry Robinson and Edwige aboard the ship.  And all – perhaps even the pirates – live happily ever after.

 

 

 

 

 


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