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Les Héroines Romantiques, Vol. 3: Tragédiennes / Véronique Gens

Audio Samples

>Méhul, Etienne-Nicolas : Ariodant
>     Act 2. Scene 6. Mélodrame, Récit et Air d'Ina
>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Astyanax
>     Act 2. Scene 4. Récit et Air d'Andromaque
>Salieri, Antonio : Les Danaides
>     Ouverture
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigenie en Tauride
>     Act 4. Scene 1. Récit et Air d'Iphigénie
>Gossec, François-Joseph : Thesee
>     Act 4. Scene 1. Récit et Air de Médée
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophete
>     Act 2. Scene 6. Air de Finès
>Mermet, Auguste : Roland a Roncevaux
>     Act 1. Scene 3. Récit et Air d'Alde" Prête à te fuir ... Le soir pensive
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>     Act 3. Entrée des constructeurs / Entrée des matelots / Entrée des laboureurs
>     Act 5, 2e tableau - Monologue et Air de Didon
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Henry 8th
>     Act 4, 2e tableau, scènes 1-2 - Récit et Air de Catherine d'Aragon
>Massenet, Jules : Herodiade
>     Act 1. Scene 3. Récit et Air d'
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>     Act 5. Scene 1 - Air d'Elisabeth de Valois

Album Summary

>Méhul, Etienne-Nicolas : Ariodant
>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Astyanax
>Salieri, Antonio : Les Danaides
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigenie en Tauride
>Gossec, François-Joseph : Thesee
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophete
>Mermet, Auguste : Roland a Roncevaux
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Henry 8th
>Massenet, Jules : Herodiade
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In her third 'Tragédiennes' album for Virgin Classics, French soprano Véronique Gens continues her exploration of French operatic repertoire. Tragédiennes Vol. 3 covers the late 18th and 19th centuries and with a prime focus on roles for the deeper, darker-toned female voice. Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques join Gens once again in this release. The main emphasis in this recital is on arias written for mezzo soprano. Gens pays tribute to a series of Parisian divas would today probably be classified as mezzo sopranos: Marie-Thérèse Maillard, Cornélie Falcon, Rosina Stoltz and Pauline Viardot. It is evident that Gens can hold her own in such exalted historic company becomes clear from the BBC Music Magazine's assessment of her last 'Tragédiennes' album: "Passion, ardor, rage, tenderness - the full gamut of human expression emerges in this selection of works created for French operatic femmes fatales... Music director Christophe Rousset and soprano Véronique Gens' second disc of musical 'Tragediénnes' is a thrilling mix of the familiar... and the little known... The whole makes a wonderful odyssey... Gens's agile voice is the perfect vehicle to cope with these emotional extremes, from the enchanting to the chilling. She is never afraid to sacrifice pure beauty of sound in favor of rhetorical and dramatic effect, giving due weight to the plights, laments and plangent outpourings of these timeless, tragic heroines. Rousset coaxes some crack playing from Les Talens Lyriques, combining the immediacy and intimacy of chamber music with all the colors and intensity of a largescale symphony orchestra."

"She tackles roles usually assigned to mezzo-sopranos, such as Fidès in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète, Didon in Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Massenet’s Hérodiade, but her shining soprano is especially gorgeous in the rarities...Rousset’s period band supplies luxury support." -The Sunday Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011).



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Works Details

>Etienne-Nicolas Méhul (Composer) (1763 - 1817) : Ariodant :: Act 2. Scene 6. Mélodrame, Récit et Air d'Ina
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1799

>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Astyanax :: Act 2. Scene 4. Récit et Air d'Andromaque
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1801

>Salieri, Antonio : Les Danaïdes :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1784

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigénie en Tauride :: Act 4. Scene 1. Récit et Air d'Iphigénie
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1774

>François-Joseph Gossec (Composer) (1734 - 1829) : Thésée :: Act 4. Scene 1. Récit et Air de Médée
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1782

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophète :: Act 2. Scene 6. Air de Finès
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mermet, Auguste : Roland à Roncevaux :: Act 1. Scene 3. Récit et Air d'Alde" Prête à te fuir ... Le soir pensive
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1864

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Act 3. Entrée des constructeurs / Entrée des matelots / Entrée des laboureurs
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Act 5, 2e tableau - Monologue et Air de Didon
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Henry 8th :: Act 4, 2e tableau, scènes 1-2 - Récit et Air de Catherine d'Aragon
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Act 1. Scene 3. Récit et Air d'
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Act 5. Scene 1 - Air d'Elisabeth de Valois
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: IRCAM, Paris (06/30/2011-07/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884