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BERLIOZ, H.: Herminie / Les nuits d'ete / RAVEL, M.: Sheherazade (Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Axelrod)

BERLIOZ, H.: Herminie / Les nuits d'ete / RAVEL, M.: Sheherazade (Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Axelrod)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire


Axelrod, John


Veronique Gens

Soloist

John Axelrod

Soloist

Record Label
Ondine

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 65:47
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BERLIOZ, H.: Herminie / Les nuits d'ete / RAVEL, M.: Sheherazade (Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Axelrod)

     
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HECTOR BERLIOZ

 

Herminie

 
1 Moderato - Recitative: Quel trouble te poursuit, malheureuse - 3:56
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
 

PIERRE-ANGE VIEILLARD

2 Aria: Adagio non troppo, "Ah! Si de la tendresse ou mon coeur - Recitative: Que dis-je? ou s'egarent mes voeux? - 5:06
 John Axelrod Soloist
     
 

HECTOR BERLIOZ

3 Aria: Allegro assai agitato, "Arrete! Cher Tancrede" - Recitative: Que Clorinde est heureuse - 5:10
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
 

PIERRE-ANGE VIEILLARD

4 Aria: Allegro impetuoso vivace, "Venez, venez, terribles armes!" - Priere: Largo, "Dieu des chretiens, toi que j'ignore - Tempo I 7:59
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
 

HECTOR BERLIOZ

 

Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7

 
5 No. 1. Villanelle 2:13
 John Axelrod Soloist
     
6 No. 2. Le Spectre de la rose 6:30
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
 

THEOPHILE GAUTIER

7 No. 3. Sur les lagunes 5:58
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
8 No. 4. Absence 4:35
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
 

HECTOR BERLIOZ

9 No. 5. Au cimetiere 4:44
 John Axelrod Soloist
     
10 No. 6. L'Ile inconnue 3:58
 John Axelrod Soloist
     
 

TRISTAN KLINGSOR

 

Sheherazade

 
11 No. 1. Asie 9:20
 John Axelrod Soloist
     
 

MAURICE RAVEL

12 No. 2. La flute enchantee 2:54
 Veronique Gens Soloist
     
 

TRISTAN KLINGSOR

13 No. 3. L'indifferent 3:24
 Veronique Gens Soloist
 Axelrod, John


On this release famous soprano Véronique Gens performs Herminie and Les Nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz and Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under the baton of its music director John Axelrod.
 
Véronique Gens is internationally recognised as one of the greatest sopranos. She has made a big career with baroque repertoire and Mozart, but French repertoire, especially Berlioz and Ravel, are "as natural to her as the air that she breathes". Her French remains a model of immaculate diction, fluid and luminous.
 
Having a very special relationship to Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été and Herminie, Véronique Gens combines them on this release with Shéhérazade by Ravel, which conjures up a totally different world. On this CD Herminie is released the first time with Véronique Gens.
 
The charismatic conductor John Axelrod is music director of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire since 2009, following the philosophy of being "open to the world" by extraordinarily diverse repertoire choices and innovative programming. Also internationally he is a sought after conductor both for concerts and opera productions.
 
Founded in 1971, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, a "national" orchestra since 1996, is based in two cities, in Angers and Nantes. Today about 200 concerts attract yearly about 200,000 listeners, among them more than 10,000 subscribers.

"It is a testament to the extraordinary versatility of soprano Veronique Gens that she can encompass the scenery-chewing dramatics of Berlioz’s cantanta Herminie,  the subtle intimacy of the song cycle  Nuits D’Ete and Ravel’s lushly exotic Sheherazade all with uncompromising emotional commitment and unfailing gorgeous tone... this is one of the loveliest and most moving performances I have heard. The orchestra supports her with lively, flexible tempos and brilliant instrumental color, for a thrilling and deeply satisfying performance..."

Sudie Marcuse - American Record Guide - November/December 2012


 "...Get this for Herminie, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the other two performances."

Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare - November/December 2012


                     Recording of the Month

"...Veronique Gens is a singer who always delivers well-conceived readings of whatever she takes on. She has a marvellous voice, she is French, which is an advantage in French repertoire, and her coupling is a work that doesn’t appear too often, either in concert or on record ... to the top duo Crespin and Baker must now be added Véronique Gens."
 
Göran Forsling - MusicWeb-International.com - 20 September 2012


                   Music  **** (Very Good)        Sound **** (Very Good)

Werner Pfister - Fono Forum magazine - October 2012


                     CD of the Month - Excellentia
"What a great album!..."

Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - September 2012
 


                      Performance ****          Recording ****

Roger Nichols - BBC Music magazine - October 2012




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