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Airs D Operas Francais


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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000002RWM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Où va la jeune indoue
2. Il est un vieux chant de Bohème
3. Arrière! Je réchauffe les bons
4. Ombre légère (Shadow Song)
5. O ciel, pardonne encore....De tout temps la gent masculine
6. A vos jeux mes amis (Mad Scene)
7. Chers Corinthiens
8. Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll's Song)
9. Non, Monsieur non mari
10. O légère hirondelle (Waltz Song)
11. O, amour, mysterieux amour

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Quiconque a déjà vu sur scène Natalie Dessay sait ce que théâtre ou comédie veulent dire. Quiconque écoutera ce disque saura ce que prouesses vocales, envolées lyriques, mais aussi maîtrise du phrasé signifient. En un album, la nouvelle star du chant français balaie tout sur son passage. Dans les airs les plus spectaculaires, les facilités vocales de Natalie Dessay étonneront les plus blasés. On est frappé par l'absence de "forcé", la voix de la cantatrice ne dépasse jamais les limites de la parfaite maîtrise. Notre oreille est perpétuellement sous le charme des feux d'artifice vocaux. Dans les scènes plus intimistes, plus dramatiques, Natalie Dessay confirme son talent de tragédienne inné qui fait de chacune de ses apparitions scéniques un grand moment de théâtre ! Le disque, portrait d'un talent absolu qui explose sur chaque air, sert au mieux la tradition de l'opéra français. --Jeanne Semprin

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Natalie Dessay is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive coloratura sopranos of this century. And there is no better way to experience her voice and artistry than to hear her singing in her native tongue. This CD presents Dessay in a refreshing presentation of arias from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, combining both well known music with some more modern rarities. The recital begins by presenting the soprano in music that fits her like a glove, "Où va la jeune indoue", the Bell Song from Delibes 'Lakmé'. It is a joy to hear Dessay creating a dreamy atmosphere, with full attention to the words and fearless in her attack of stacatti and high notes. She even sings the final high E in a crescendo. This Cd is high note feast, up to a sustained high A flat in "Ombre légère" from Meyerbeer's 'Le Pardon de Ploermel'. However, the stratopheric high notes are only part of the assets of Dessay. She is also willing to concentrate on character, something specially evident in the pieces from more modern operas. In "Arrière! Je réchaufe les bons" from Ravel's 'L'enfant et les sortilèges' her use of portamento makes this Fire commanding and menacing. Another delight is the feminist aria "No Monsieur mon mari" from 'Les Mammelles de Tirésias'by Poulenc she is a dynamo of energy and humor. Her Olympia and Ophélie are in the tradition of the great French coloratura sopranos like Pons, Robin and Mesplé. The CD ends beautifully with a sweet and poetic rendition of "O, amour, mystérieux amour", an unknown jewel from 'Les Caprices de Marianne' by Sauguet.Read more ›
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To compare Dessay to Mado Robin or Erna Sack or Mady Mesple is simply ludicrous. She is in a different class. She can charachterise better than all of the above, she reaches all the notes with more ease, and she simply has the agility which none of those artists really have. Mesple was good for other things, but she wouldn't sing this repertoire, so please, spare us the gumph. Dessay is a fabulous artist, a light colloratura that travels with ease in the stratospheric heigths of the arias she performs. While there is not much on this disc of heartbreaking depth, it is very well sung. Occasionally the voice strikes one as a bit piercing, but generally there is more warmth than Sumi Jo, and less unsteadiness than Gruberova. I will not enter into a "spot-the-highest notes" contest, but enough to say the high(est) notes are all there. Light but highly enjoyable fare
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By "amcdfan1" on Aug. 11 2001
Format: Audio CD
Natalie Dessay is the coloratura of our generation! Her voice is extremely impressive. Every album she releases has the vocal fireworks that any music lover wants from their sopranos. This album features some of the world's most beautiful French music. Her "Doll Song" is so fun and full of laughter and of course the high notes. The other highlights for me are Meyerbeer's "Ombre legere" and the "Bell Song" from Lakme. No other coloratura performing today can measure up to the power and strength that Natalie has with those gorgeous notes. She may not warm your heart when down in her mid-range but when she climbs up you can't help but open your mouth and say, now that's a note! Pay close attention to the super high G at the end of "Ombre legere". Wow!
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Natalie Dessay is a wonderful French soprano who has a sweeter, purer voice than most such singers of this century (Mady Mesple, for example, who was as wonderful an artist but whose tone was an acquired taste). She also phrases more sensitively than say, Lily Pons or Mado Robin (to whom Dessay is often compared). She has an extensive range (shooting up to top A-flat at the end of the Dinorah aria) and remarkable fluency. She could show more presence here and there (as in the Doll Songs), and her intonation in the opening vocalise of the Bell Song strays a bit sharp, but such matters are prattle compared to her vocal control (the final top E of the Caprices de Marianne aris melts in her mouth). Patrick Fournillier conducts the orchestra in a wormanlike performance.
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By A Customer on June 22 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having been a long-time lover of French operas, and of the work of the French coloratura soprano Mady Mesple, I'm delighted to discover the light, bell-clear voice of Natalie Dessay. And although she's great with Mozart as well, I think there is no better use of her voice than in these exquisite French opera arias, many of which cannot be done justice by anyone else I've ever heard who is currently performing. Dessay not only does justice, she brings a fresh and supremely expressive quality to the pieces. The advent of Dessay gives me hope that I will actually get to see a really fine live performance of my favorite opera, Lakme, during my lifetime. Give this one a listen, and be amazed at what the human voice is capable of!
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By A Customer on April 8 2001
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The reviewer below me must have either reviewed the wrong CD, or have some kind of personal grudge against the artist, because the singing on this album is nothing short of divine. Listen to her amazing breath control on "Ou Va La Jeune Indoue", her amazing sense of pitch on "Les Oiseaux Dans La Charmille", and her flair for artistry on "Non, Monsieur Mon Mari". Not to mention those deliciously pure and solid high notes that are present throughout this CD! This is one of the most exhilarating albums of coloratura singing I've heard for some time, and I cannot recommend it more highly.
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