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Opera Extracts - Released January 10, 2011 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 6, 2012 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released October 21, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 18, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Secular Vocal Music - Released November 17, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 17, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Stories and Nursery Rhymes - Released October 18, 2017 | Didier Jeunesse

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Classical - Released March 24, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Stories and Nursery Rhymes - Released October 7, 2016 | Didier Jeunesse

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Classical - Released January 7, 2008 | Warner Classics

It's a measure of Natalie Dessay's entirely appropriate priorities -- of musical content over her vanity -- that she looks so ghastly on the cover of her album of scenes and arias from Italian operas. She's dressed as the mad Lucia -- who certainly shouldn't be looking her best, but "as if she has risen from the grave" -- and the image is emblematic of her commitment to dramatic verisimilitude in the role. The same self-effacing approach is evident in all her portrayals, of Violetta, Elvira, Maria Stuarda, Gilda, and Bellini's Giuletta, in which she doesn't call attention to herself with extreme or idiosyncratic performances, but seems to lose herself in the characters. Dessay's performances aren't flashy, and the primary focus is on the musical and dramatic demands of the roles. Dessay frequently includes excerpts from scenes, which places the arias nicely in their dramatic context. Dessay's voice is light, and while she may not have the vocal heft of many of the singers who take on these roles, the delicacy and youthfulness of her voice are often ideally suited to the characters' tenuous emotional conditions, particularly Lucia, Elvira, and Giulietta. She has plenty of substance to easily soar over the orchestra, though, and her coloratura is absolutely secure. The overall impression is that she has nothing to prove, she's simply using her superb instrument to deliver what the composer asked for, with assurance, intelligence, and passion. Evelino Pidò leads Concerto Köln and Europäischer Kammerchor in performances that match Dessay's intensity.
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Classical - Released October 21, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Stories and Nursery Rhymes - Released October 15, 2008 | Didier Jeunesse

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Classical - Released November 6, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 18, 1997 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 25, 2011 | Mariinsky

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Stories and Nursery Rhymes - Released November 6, 2013 | Didier Jeunesse

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Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

This recording presents a welcome opportunity to hear Donizetti's dramatic masterpiece in its French incarnation of 1839, which, although popular for many years (and the version first heard in America in 1841), has largely fallen out of the repertory. It also allows its two stars, Natalie Dessay and Roberto Alagna, to weigh in on a standard work without duplicating the many recordings already in existence. The results are well worth hearing; fans of the Italian version will notice substantial differences in the plot and subtle re-working of the vocal lines that make the entire piece seem fresh. Both Alagna and Dessay deliver excellent performances; together they could use more chemistry -- their love duet at the end of Act I, for example, feels a little dry -- but individually they each have terrific moments. Alagna shines in the third act, bringing great passion and beauty of singing to the graveyard scene, and Dessay sings a wonderfully intricate "Que n'avons-nous des ailes," capturing an optimism and loving spirit that makes her final betrayal seem all the more tragic. Ludovic Tézier is outstanding as Henri Ashton; his mellifluous tone and stolid delivery make his callous treatment of Lucie seem plausible, as if from lack of feeling more than ill intent. Nicolas Cavallier is equally interesting in the role of Raymond, and the supporting roles are all capably sung, if not with great flair. Evelino Pidó leads the Orchestra and Chorus of l'Opera National de Lyon in a solid performance. The chorus in particular greatly contributes to the mood of the piece.
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Classical - Released September 28, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 29, 2010 | Warner Classics