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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2018 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Qobuzism
For her first recital with orchestra album, young Franco-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig had the idea of presenting five pairs of songs in which each part of the pair is ambiguously related to the other, like a mirror’s reflection. This process leads to striking juxtapositions of different musical styles, dramatic moments, historical periods and contrasting voices; classicism and romanticism complement each other, terror answers joy, and the result is a view of the feminine soul all its facets. The first pairing involves two mirrors: the one in which Marguerite from Gounod's Faust admires herself and Thaïs's mirror in Massenet's opera (Thaïs). There follows Puccini's vision of Manon Lescaut, and then Manon (sans Lescaut) as imagined by Massenet. Following this we have Juliette, this is a rather daring pairing of the largely-forgotten early romantic German composer Daniel Steibelt with Gounod's Juliette. Elsa Dreisig then moves onto the two famous Figaros, one from Rossini's Barber (Rosina) and the other from Mozart's Marriage, with the gentle tones of the Countess. Finally, and more daring still, we end with the Salome of the Hérodiade by Massenet, a tender young woman who is not after anyone's head; and then Strauss's Salome, with her sanguinary madness. Probably in order to avoid the temptation of comparisons with other recordings, our singer has opted for the 1907 French version – note that this work by Oscar Wilde was itself originally written in French. This is the most extraordinary selection that one could hope for in a first recording from any artist, all accompanied by the Montpelier Orchestra, conducted by Michael Schønwandt. © SM/Qobuz
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 28 september 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Qobuzism
The first solo album from the excellent youngster Julien Behr, who has already played at the Paris Opéra, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Bordeaux and Lyon Opera Houses and cities such as Salzburg, Vienna, London, Cologne and many other great venues as well as making recordings of various lyrical works including L’Enfant et les sortilèges with Bavarian Radio. As debut albums go, he has made a daring choice in selecting some of the more unknown areas of French opera rather than the more popular pieces from Don José, Romeo, Faust and other big names. Instead, he has taken some gems from the Romantic repertoire (if we extend it up to the First World War for the sake of argument) which are little-heard of. From Gounod, he has selected Cinq-Mars ; from Bizet, La Jolie fille de Perth (one of Bizet's most exquisite passages); from Thomas, Mignon; and then, better-known but still uncommon, Léhar The Merry Widow; Godard, Jocelyn; and Delibes Lakmé. His diction is utterly impeccable; his transparent and airy voice evokes Heddle Nach or Jussi Björling, which serves the repertoire perfectly. The album closes with a few hits from the Romantic repertoire such as Vous qui passez sans me voir by Charles Trenet – well, the lyrics are from the Fou chantant, while the music is by Johnny Hess and Paul Misraki, and the song was originally written for Jean Sablon – evidence of Behr's love of lighter genres, for sure. . © SM/Qobuz
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 14 september 2018 | Bru Zane

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 23 januari 2015 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Opera - Verschenen op 20 mei 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 25 november 2005 | Warner Classics

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 2 maart 2018 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
It's one of those fairy stories that the world of lyrical music likes to keep secret. Still an unknown and barely emerged from the La Scala Lyrical Academy, Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili was given the title role in Carmen by Baremboim, alongside Jonas Kaufman: an international career seemed to beckon for the young singer. And so here we will hear some of opera's great tunes, including, of course, the hits from Carmen, but also the two great arias from Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns, a pair from Verdi, a touch of Mascagni, some Rimski – less-frequently performed, it is true – and a rarity from his compatriot Dimitri Arakishvili (1873-1953) whose style is solidly anchored in the Russia of his day, with several, probably regional, twists. Since 2009, she has sung Carmen's role around three hundred times, and we can only hope that she never gets bogged down in it - and takes on Santuzza, Eboli, Dalil: in other words, the great characters of the dramatic mezzo repertoire. © SM/Qobuz
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 27 oktober 2017 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2013 | Sony Classical

Booklet Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles de Classica
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 16 mei 2014 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 22 mei 1989 | Warner Classics

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 19 juni 2015 | Decca Music Group Limited

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 1 maart 2012 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Opera - Verschenen op 4 januari 2011 | SWR Classic

Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Record of the Month
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Opera - Verschenen op 21 mei 2014 | Malibran

Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles de Classica
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 1 januari 1954 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Opera - Verschenen op 14 september 2018 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 10 november 2014 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 3 augustus 2018 | PentaTone

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Yes, at the opera, when the tenor and the soprano stubbornly want to make eyes at each other, there is always a baritone or a bass to sow some discord, sometimes in vain—Osmin, Pizzarro, Caspar—, sometimes successfully—the various Mephisto, Nick Shadow Lindorf-Dapertutto-Miracle. The American bass-baritone Kevin Short offers here, accompanied by an Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille in great shape, a compendium of very, very bad characters, roles he has already sung more or less on the whole lyrical scene. Reckon that he has already performed at the MET in New York, at the operas in Chicago, Houston Los Angeles and Washington, at the Opéra Comique in Paris, in Cologne, Stuttgart, Bologna; in the festivals in Santa Fe, Bregenz, Baden-Baden, Aix-en-Provence. Not forgetting, obviously, his intense participation in the concertante field with the orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Cleveland, the one from the RAI, from Radio France and so many others of that kind. Purists (who are absolutely right), fear not: Kevin Short perfectly masters the French pronunciation, as well as the German one and the Italian one. As a “bonus”, he offers a tune from his compatriot Gordon Getty, Mephistopheles to Faust. For your information, Getty indeed bears the name of the famous petroleum dynasty, but Gordon much prefers to compose music—some excellent pieces, incidentally. © SM/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 12 juli 2019 | Naxos

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The international success of after its premiere in 1859 completely overshadowed all of Gounod’s subsequent operas. He had known Goethe’s masterpiece for two decades and brought to the text his gifts for memorable melody and rich orchestration. Added to this, the plot of Faust’s ageing and the heroine Marguerite’s redemption, offered the opportunity for the most spectacular stage effects. Heard here in its 1864 London version with an additional air and without spoken dialogue or ballet, Faust represents 19th-century French opera at its peak. © Naxos

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