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Full Operas - Released May 11, 2018 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
We'll admit: this Reine de Chypre by Fromental Halévy is probably not the unfairly-overlooked work of commanding genius for which the lyrical world has been waiting for fifty years… But it would still be a shame to miss it, especially when performed by such a line-up, with Véronique Gens, Cyrille Dubois and Etienne Dupuis at the top of the bill. And after all, the score is full of vocal marvels and very original ensembles; but it is rather in the orchestration – which is not much more adventurous than that of any other piece of Italian bel canto of the era – that Halévy has taken it easy. The melodic richness was pointed out in an article in the Revue et gazette musicale in April 1842: "In the Reine de Chypre, Halévy's new style is on display with more dash, and more success. I have had occasion to point out the preconditions, as I see them, of the production of a good opera, by pointing out the obstacles which stand in the way of meeting these conditions fully and in good time, whether by the poet or the composer. When these conditions are met, it is an event of great importance for the world of art. Now, in the present case, circumstances have conspired in the performance of a work which, as even the most exacting critic must admit, possesses all the qualities which constitute a good opera. (…) The composer has put all the enchantment of his art into the duet that breathes the sentiments that enrapture them. The dark cloth on which these two charming figures are drawn shows through even in those songs which are so sparkling and alive with happiness, like a sinister cloud, and lends them a particular character of melancholy intrigue. There is no equal, in nobility or in grace, of the magnificent melody of the final part of this duet." The article continues in this vein. The byline? One Richard Wagner… © SM/Qobuz
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Cantatas (sacred) - Released January 12, 2018 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 étoiles de Classica
An icon of French Romanticism thanks to the enduring popularity of his operas Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Charles Gounod competed three times for the prestigious Prix de Rome between 1837 and 1839. Thus he composed three unpublished cantatas for soloists and orchestra, including Marie Stuart et Rizzio and La Vendetta, which he never had the opportunity to hear in performance. Revealed for the first time, these three cantatas, fine examples of French Romanticism, show a young composer with a remarkable flair for opera. In the end Fernand won him the coveted prize, carrying with it the privilege of a three-year stay (from 1840) at the Villa Medici in Rome. While there he produced several sacred compositions, which have also remained unknown until now. His splendid Messe vocale for unaccompanied choir, written in a neo-Palestrinian style, deserves a place on the programme of every vocal ensemble. © Palazzetto Bru Zane
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Opera - Released October 27, 2017 | Ediciones Singulares

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Dante Alighieri, born in Florence in 1265, was at once a poet and an important political figure of his time. His celebrated Divine Comedy relates his supposed descent to Hell and slow ascent to Paradise. Godard’s operatic treatment of his life (1890) skilfully juxtaposes the political milieu – crowd scenes in Florence and the quarrel between Guelfs and Ghibellines – with the expression of the courtly love he feels for Beatrice, betrothed to his friend Bardi. The most remarkable element of the opera is the integration of a ‘Vision’ that is nothing less than a synthesis of the Divine Comedy set to music. Its third act is built around a fantasy ‘Hell’ and ‘Paradise’, featuring an Apparition of Virgil, Chorus of the Damned, Infernal Whirlwind, Divine Radiance and Apotheosis of Beatrice. Godard is here at the peak of his melodic inspiration and compositional mastery, in a style that brings Gounod up to date and need not fear comparison with Massenet. © Palazzetto Bru Zane
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Opera - Released August 23, 2017 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
Each volume in the ‘Portraits’ series is devoted to a French composer who has now largely been forgotten. With performances by many talented artists, it presents a panorama of his works. The ‘Portrait’ of Félicien David aims to complement the discography already available with world premiere recordings of the composer’s works. Among these are a glimpse of his orchestral output, with the Symphony no. 3 and the Overture to his opéra-comique La Perle du Brésil, the work that really launched David on his operatic career. But it is above all Christophe Colomb (1847) that deserves mention, for this ode-symphonie with speaker was an ambitious follow-up to the success of Le Désert, performed at the Théâtre-Italien some years earlier. Nevertheless, this anthology does not forget that Félicien David was also a figure of the salons, admired for his intimate music and especially his songs. The programme therefore offers a chance to discover excerpts from the Mélodies orientales for solo piano, a selection of romances in the style of the 1840s, and the very rare early motets for chorus in varied scorings. The culmination of this Portrait is the restoration of Le Jugement dernier, which was intended as the concluding apotheosis of the opera Herculanum, but was finally deleted and has never been published until today. © Palazzetto Bru Zane / Ediciones Singulares
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Full Operas - Released May 12, 2017 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Full Operas - Released February 10, 2017 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année
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Full Operas - Released October 28, 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Full Operas - Released September 2, 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
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Opera - Released May 20, 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released March 11, 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

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Opera - Released January 1, 2014 | Ediciones Singulares

Booklet Distinctions 5 clés de sol d'Opéra
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Classical - Released January 22, 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released November 20, 2015 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Qobuzissime
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Classical - Released September 8, 2015 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
Félicien David was already famous through his ‘ode-symphonie’ Le Désert (1844) when his opera Herculanum was first staged at the Paris Opéra in 1859. Leaving behind the Middle Eastern inflections of his earlier scores, Herculanum is a remarkably strong composition (vast, intensely dramatic scenes), impressive in the diversity of its style (including Verdian influences) and its vocal variety (including the rare coloratura contralto voice often used by Rossini). There is also a fantastic vein, as made popular by Boiëldieu (La Dame blanche, 1825) and Meyerbeer (Robert le Diable, 1831); but the supernatural is used here to serve an openly stated mysticism: the eruption of Vesuvius brings a spectacular, cataclysmic ending, signifying the decadence of the ancient world and the triumph of Christianity. © Qobuz
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Classical - Released July 1, 2014 | Ediciones Singulares

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Opera - Released January 1, 2014 | Ediciones Singulares

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Opera - Released May 19, 2015 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik

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