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Natalie Dessay à l'opéra

Natalie Dessay

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A good retrospective anthology of Natalie Dessay's career has been needed ever since her retirement from the operatic stage in 2013, and this one fills the bill. In the case of the great soprano, the task is made easier by the fact that most of her solo albums appeared on a single label, Erato, as well as simply by the wealth of material from which compilers can choose. Dessay in the late 1990s and early 2000s, from which the bulk of the selections here come, very rarely did anything wrong. Natalie Dessay à l'Opéra does not include anything from the recordings-only phase of Dessay's career in the late 2010s, when she began to record for Sony Classical, but in that phase she focused on non-operatic material, and the collection here does its job well. The compilers do well to avoid a chronological approach, instead devoting one CD each to French, Italian, and German repertory (with encores from Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein). Dessay's versatility was and is part of her brilliance, and she created different vocal worlds by nationality. Listeners will have their own "highlights of the highlights," but has any soprano ever made Mozart's Queen of the Night aria "Der Hölle Rache" sound so natural? Brought such sheer vocal charisma to Manon's "Obéissons quand leur voix appelle"? A few selections show Dessay moving into the vocally darker second phase of her career, and these too are consistently appealing. A variety of orchestras, conductors, and venues are featured, and the remastering smooths over the differences well. Certainly this release is a good choice for those new to Natalie Dessay, but it may also be that longtime Dessay fans will want to hear it as well.
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1
Roméo et Juliette, Act I: "Je veux vivre dans ce rêve" (Juliette)
Natalie Dessay
00:03:35

Charles Gounod, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Michel Carre, Poet - Jules Barbier, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Manon, Act III: "Suis-je gentille ainsi ?" (Manon, Chœur)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:53

Jules Massenet, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Philippe Gille, Poet - Henri Meilhac, Poet - Les Elements, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Etienne Collard (Musica Numeris), Producer - Jean Chatauret (Musica Numeris), Engineer

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Manon, Act III: "Obéissons quand leur voix appelle" (Manon, Chœur)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:59

Jules Massenet, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Philippe Gille, Poet - Henri Meilhac, Poet - Les Elements, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Etienne Collard (Musica Numeris), Producer - Jean Chatauret (Musica Numeris), Engineer

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah", Act II: "Ombre légère qui suis mes pas" (Dinorah)
Natalie Dessay
00:07:50

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Michel Carre, Poet - Jules Barbier, Poet - Giacomo Meyerbeer, Composer - Patrick Fournillier, Conductor - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1960 Warner Music France

5
Hamlet, Act IV: "À vos jeux mes amis" - "Et maintenant" (Ophélie)
Natalie Dessay
00:13:28

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Michel Carre, Poet - Jules Barbier, Poet - Patrick Fournillier, Conductor - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra - Ambroise Thomas, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1996 Warner Music France

6
Mignon, Act II: "Oui, pour ce soir" - "Je suis Titania la blonde" (Philine, Chœur)
Natalie Dessay
00:05:59

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Michel Carre, Poet - Jules Barbier, Poet - Les Elements, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Ambroise Thomas, Composer - Etienne Collard (Musica Numeris), Producer - Jean Chatauret (Musica Numeris), Engineer

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Lakmé, Act I: "Dôme épais, le jasmin" (Lakmé, Mallika)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:47

Delphine Haidan, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Léo Delibes, Composer - Philippe Gille, Poet - Edmond Gondinet, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

8
Lakmé, Act I: "Les fleurs me paraissent plus belles" (Lakmé)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:03

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Léo Delibes, Composer - Philippe Gille, Poet - Edmond Gondinet, Poet - Daniel Michel, Engineer - Etienne Collard (Musica Numeris), Producer

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1998 Warner Music France

9
Lakmé, Act II: "Par les dieux inspirés" - Air des clochettes. "Où va la jeune hindoue" (Lakmé, Nilakantha, Chorus)
Natalie Dessay
00:08:26

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse, Orchestra - Michel Plasson, Conductor - Léo Delibes, Composer - Philippe Gille, Poet - Edmond Gondinet, Poet - José Van Dam , Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Daniel Michel, Engineer - Etienne Collard (Musica Numeris), Producer - Chœur du Capitole de Toulouse, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1998 Warner Music France

10
Les contes d'Hoffmann, Act II: "Les oiseaux dans la charmille" (Olympia)
Natalie Dessay
00:05:24

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jules Barbier, Poet - Patrick Fournillier, Conductor - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1996 Warner Music France

11
Orphée aux enfers, Act II: "Ah! quelle triste destinée" (Eurydice)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:16

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals - Ludovic Halevy, Poet - Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble, Orchestra - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Hector-Jonathan Crémieux, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Orphée aux enfers, Act II: "Il m'a semblé sur mon épaule" (Eurydice, Jupiter)
Marc Minkowski
00:05:02

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals - Daniel Zalay, Producer - Laurent Naouri, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Poet - Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble, Orchestra - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Hector-Jonathan Crémieux, Poet - Raymond Buttin, Engineer

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited

13
L'enfant et les sortilèges, M. 71, Tableau I: "Arrière ! Je réchauffe les bons" (Le Feu)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:51

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Patrick Fournillier, Conductor - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra - Colette, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1996 Warner Music France

14
La sonnambula, Act I: "Compagne... teneri amici" - "Come per me sereno” (Amina, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:03:12

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Daniel Zalay, Producer - Felice Romani, Poet - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

15
La sonnambula, Act I: "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (Amina, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:36

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Daniel Zalay, Producer - Felice Romani, Poet - Evelino Pido, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

16
La sonnambula, Act II: "Oh! Se una volta sola" (Amina, Rodolfo, Teresa, Elvino, Notaro, Lisa, Alessio, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:05:20

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Daniel Zalay, Producer - Felice Romani, Poet - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Sara Mingardo, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Francesco Meli, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Colombara, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul Gay, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gordon Gietz, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jaël Azzaretti, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

17
La sonnambula, Act II: "Ah! No credea mirarti" (Amina, Elvino, Rodolfo, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:06:43

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Daniel Zalay, Producer - Felice Romani, Poet - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Francesco Meli, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Colombara, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

18
La sonnambula, Act II: "Ah! Non giunge uman pensiero" (Amina, Rodolfo, Teresa, Elvino, Notaro, Lisa, Alessio, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:03:48

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Daniel Zalay, Producer - Felice Romani, Poet - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, Orchestra - Sara Mingardo, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Francesco Meli, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Colombara, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul Gay, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gordon Gietz, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jaël Azzaretti, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

19
La traviata, Act I: "È strano! È strano!" - "Ah, fors'è lui" (Violetta)
Natalie Dessay
00:06:05

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Francesco Maria Piave, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato releas, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

20
La traviata, Act I: "Follie! Follie!" - "Sempre libera" (Violetta, Alfredo)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:45

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Roberto Alagna, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Francesco Maria Piave, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

21
I puritani, Act II: "O rendetemi la speme" (Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:08

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Franck Ferrari, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Pepoli, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

22
I puritani, Act II: "Qui la voce sua soave" (Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo)
Natalie Dessay
00:09:03

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Franck Ferrari, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Pepoli, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

23
I puritani, Act II: "Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna" (Elvira, Riccardo, Giorgio)
Natalie Dessay
00:05:26

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Franck Ferrari, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Carlo Pepoli, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Rigoletto, Act I: "Gualtier Maldé" - "Caro nome" (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Coro, Marullo)
Natalie Dessay
00:06:44

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Franck Ferrari, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Europäischer Kammerchor, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Roberto Alagna, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Francesco Maria Piave, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

25
I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Act I: "Oh! Quante volte" (Giulietta)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:01

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Felice Romani, Poet - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Concerto Koln, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

26
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I: "Il dolce suono" (Lucia)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:40

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Salvadore Cammarano, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

27
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III: "Ardon gli incensi" (Lucia, Normanno, Raimondo, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:52

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Salvatore Cammarano, Poet - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Europäischer Kammerchor, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Wolfgang Klose, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

28
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III: "S'avanza Enrico" (Raimondo, Enrico, Coro, Lucia)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:57

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Salvatore Cammarano, Poet - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Franck Ferrari, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Europäischer Kammerchor, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

29
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III: "Spargi d'amaro pianto" (Lucia, Enrico, Raimondo, Coro)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:17

Etiénne Collard, Producer - Salvatore Cammarano, Poet - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Evelino Pido, Conductor - Franck Ferrari, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Europäischer Kammerchor, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Concerto Koln, Orchestra - Matthew Rose, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

30
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act II: "Der Hölle Rache" (Königin der Nacht)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Emanuel Schikaneder, Poet - Louis Langrée, Conductor

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

31
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act II: "Ach, ich fühl's" (Pamina)
Natalie Dessay
00:03:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Emanuel Schikaneder, Poet - Louis Langrée, Conductor

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

32
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act II: "Se pietà di me non senti" (Cleopatra)
Natalie Dessay
00:09:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Le Concert d'Astrée, Orchestra, MainArtist - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

33
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act III: "Piangerò la sorte mia" (Cleopatra)
Natalie Dessay
00:06:29

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Le Concert d'Astrée, Orchestra, MainArtist - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

34
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act III : "Da tempeste il legno infranto" (Cleopatra)
Natalie Dessay
00:05:54

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Le Concert d'Astrée, Orchestra, MainArtist - Emmanuelle Haim, Conductor, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

35
Alcina, HWV 34, Act I: "Tornami a vagheggiar" (Morgana)
William Christie
00:05:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals - William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Riccardo Broschi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Limited

36
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act I: "O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn!” (Königin der Nacht)
Natalie Dessay
00:04:37

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra, MainArtist - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Emanuel Schikaneder, Poet - Louis Langrée, Conductor, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

37
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K. 384, Act II: "Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose" (Konstanze)
Natalie Dessay
00:06:41

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra, MainArtist - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Louis Langrée, Conductor, MainArtist - Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

38
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, Act II: "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren" (Octavian, Sophie)
Natalie Dessay
00:07:04

Angelika Kirchschlager, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - David Groves, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Limited

39
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, Opera: "Grossmächtige Prinzessin" - "Noch glaub'ich dem einem ganz mich gehörend" (Zerbinetta)
Natalie Dessay
00:11:15

David Groves, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Limited

40
Le Rossignol, Act II: Chanson du rossignol. "Ah, joie, emplis mon coeur" (Le Rossignol, L'Empereur, Courtisans, Le Chambellan)
James Conlon
00:04:22

Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals - Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris, Orchestra - Daniel Zalay, Producer - James Conlon, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer, Poet - Laurent Naouri, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Albert Shagidullin, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Raymond Buttin, Engineer - Stephan Mitusov, Poet - Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Paris, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited

41
Candide, Act I: "Glitter and Be Gay" (Cunégonde)
Natalie Dessay
00:05:36

Andrew Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lillian Hellman, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

A good retrospective anthology of Natalie Dessay's career has been needed ever since her retirement from the operatic stage in 2013, and this one fills the bill. In the case of the great soprano, the task is made easier by the fact that most of her solo albums appeared on a single label, Erato, as well as simply by the wealth of material from which compilers can choose. Dessay in the late 1990s and early 2000s, from which the bulk of the selections here come, very rarely did anything wrong. Natalie Dessay à l'Opéra does not include anything from the recordings-only phase of Dessay's career in the late 2010s, when she began to record for Sony Classical, but in that phase she focused on non-operatic material, and the collection here does its job well. The compilers do well to avoid a chronological approach, instead devoting one CD each to French, Italian, and German repertory (with encores from Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein). Dessay's versatility was and is part of her brilliance, and she created different vocal worlds by nationality. Listeners will have their own "highlights of the highlights," but has any soprano ever made Mozart's Queen of the Night aria "Der Hölle Rache" sound so natural? Brought such sheer vocal charisma to Manon's "Obéissons quand leur voix appelle"? A few selections show Dessay moving into the vocally darker second phase of her career, and these too are consistently appealing. A variety of orchestras, conductors, and venues are featured, and the remastering smooths over the differences well. Certainly this release is a good choice for those new to Natalie Dessay, but it may also be that longtime Dessay fans will want to hear it as well.
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