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Ne me refuse pas: French Opera Arias

> Herodiade - Herodiade: Herod! Ne me refuse
> Medee (Sung in French) - Medee: Act II: Ah! Nos peines seront communes
> Charles VI - Charles VI: Sous leur sceptre … Humble fille des champs
> Romeo et Juliette, Op. 17 - Romeo et Juliette, Op. 17: Premiers transports que nui n'oubllet
> Clytemnestre (arr. T. Perrine) - Clytemnestre: No. 2. Qu'Appollon soit loue … Ombre d'Agememnon (arr. T. Perrine)
> Mignon - Mignon, Act I: Connais-tu le pays?
> Werther - Werther, Act III: Werther! Werther! … Qui m'aurait dit
> Carmen - Carmen, Act I: Habanera: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
> Les Troyens - Les Troyens, Act IV Scene 3: Je vais mourir
> Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 - Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Act II: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix …

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Herodiade
>Cherubini, Luigi : Medee
>Halévy, Jacques : Charles VI
>Berlioz, Hector : Romeo et Juliette
>Wormser, Andre : Clytemnestre
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"The programme is formidably intelligent: well-known items are placed alongside some terrific music by composers we rarely hear (Halévy and Wormser, for instance), the aim being to remind us that the dividing line between success and oblivion can sometimes be painfully thin." -The Guardian***

"This is an attractive record and its appeal may well be felt before a note of it is heard. Many who take a particular interest in singing find themselves drawn to th French repertoire...and this young singer - perhaps still new to some - so provocatively classified as "contralto" also has the kind of name and background that attract the attention of traditional record collectors." - Gramophone

"[In the Letter Scene] Lemieux is awake to the changes of mood as she moves between a lovely quiet opening section to more ecstatic utterances. The interpretation is first-rate...The wistfulness and sense of longing with which Lemieux recalls Mignon's past are feelingly expressed...The playing under Fabien Gabel is fine all through." -International Record Review

"This procession of femmes fatales, schemers and innocents has a point to make, and it's not just the singer's ability to get under their skin...it shows them as part of a larger movement: the rise of the 19th-century French mezzo...Marie-Nicole Lemieux is equal to them all, adjusting vibrato and shading an essentially contralto colour according to dramatic demands." -BBC Music*****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 103, Maison De La Radio, Paris, France (07/2010).



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>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Ne me refuse pas
  • Performers: François Lis; Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Cherubini, Luigi : Médée :: Ah! nos peines seront communes
  • Performers: Philippe Hanon (Bassoon); Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1797

>Fromental Halévy (Composer) (1799 - 1862) : Charles VI :: Sous leur sceptre... Humble fille des champs
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette :: Premiers transports
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1839

>André Wormser : Clytemnestre :: Qu'Appollon soit loué... Ombre d'Agememnon
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Connais-tu le pays?
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: , ! Qui m'aurait dit la place...
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Je vais mourir
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Notes: Composition written: 1858.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila :: Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877