Italian opera composer
The Music Teacher (Original Film Soundtrack)
They spoke about it
Taken from the first feature film of the director who gave us Farinelli and The King Dances, this original music soundtrack from Gérard Corbiau’s The Music Teacher (1988) offers great moments of singing from the famed bass-baritone José Van Dam and tenor Jérôme Pruett, among others. Wonderful opera arias by Mozart, Verdi and Bellini alternate with superb lieder by Mahler, Schumann, Schubert and Wolf.
This is the magnificent accompaniment to the story of retired opera singer Joachim Dallayrac (Van Dam) who becomes singing teacher to the young Sophie and Jean. After gruelling training, they are pitted in competition against Arcas, protégé of Dallayrac’s arch rival Prince Scotti. In the end, love and good triumph, of course, but it is especially music that is victorious in the hearts of the virtuous protagonists as well as of the spectators and listeners.
Tracks 6 to 8 can be heard on this CD only. José Van Dam recorded them for scenes in the film that were later modified.