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Elsa Dreisig

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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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Faust (Charles Gounod)

1
Act 3 : "Les grands seigneurs ... Ah ! je ris de me voir si belle" (Marguerite)
00:06:24

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Charles Gounod, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Thaïs (Jules Massenet)

2
Act 2 : "Ah ! je suis seule ... Dis moi que je suis belle" (Thaïs)
00:07:03

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Jules Massenet, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Manon (Giacomo Puccini)

3
Act 2 : "In quelle trine morbide" (Manon)
00:02:40

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Giacomo Puccini, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Act 2 : "Allons, il le faut ! ... Adieu notre petite table" (Manon)
00:04:08

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Jules Massenet, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Roméo et Juliette (Daniel Steibelt)

5
Act 2 : "Je vais donc usurper les droits de la nature" (Juliette)
00:07:26

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Daniel Steibelt, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Act 4 : "Dieu ! Quel frisson court dans mes veines ? ... " (Juliette)
00:11:01

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Charles Gounod, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Gioachino Rossini)

7
Act 1 : "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)
00:06:14

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Gioachino Rossini, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

8
Act 2 : "Porgi amor" (Contessa)
00:03:52

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Hérodiade (Jules Massenet)

9
Act 1 : "Celui dont la parole efface... Il est doux, il est bon" (Salomé)
00:05:04

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Jules Massenet, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Salome, Op. 54, TrV 215 (Richard Strauss)

10
Scene 4 : "Ah ! Tu n'as pas voulu ..." (Salome)
00:16:24

Elsa Dreisig, Soprano - Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie - Michael Schønwandt, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

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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