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HERITAGE Lily Pons - Coloratura Assoluta

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Sadko
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le pardon de Ploermel "Dinorah"
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Gounod, Charles : Mireille
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Golden Cockerel
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Gretry, Andre-Ernest-Mode : Zemire et Azor, opera in 4 acts
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda di Chamounix
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Alyabyev, Alexander : The Nightingale
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Milhaud, Darius : A une fontaine, song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 1), Op. 223/1
>Milhaud, Darius : A Cupidon, song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 2), Op. 223/2
>Milhaud, Darius : Tais-toi, babillarde!, song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 3), Op. 223/3
>Milhaud, Darius : Dieu vous gard', song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 4), Op. 223/4
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Debussy, Claude : Fantoches
>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Bishop, Henry Rowley : Clari
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Columbia 30th Street Studio (1998); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (1998).

Lily Pons was a miraculous soprano coloratura, and this two-CD set pays exquisite homage to her vast artistic gifts. The informative, beautifully-designed liner notes tell the story of Pons' rise to fame and of her association with conductor (and one-time husband) André Kostelanetz. The tracks were recorded during the 1940's at the height of Pons' artistic powers and celebrity. Thoughtfully re-mastered, each selection is a jewel.

Pons produces notes that seem to come from the heavens, heard most remarkably in her "Caro nome" from 'Rigoletto' and Olympia's aria from 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann.' Never sounding like a robot or a mere technician, she brings her effervescent personality to each work in these recordings.

In addition to arias from the operas Pons regularly performed in repertory at the Met, the set includes other composer's works (Milhaud, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Bishop), all artfully executed. Pons lived during a time when opera singers were viewed as movie stars with great voices to boot. Her star-quality shines through on these discs, and one hopes that such a presence will emerge again in modern times.



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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Chacun le sait
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Il faut partir
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Et mon coeur va changer
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Salut à la France
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Sadko :: Song of India
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Pourquoi dans les grands bois?
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah" :: Ombre légère
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapita in estasi
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Il dolce suono mi colpi...Ardon gl'incensi
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 14 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Caro nome
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Oú va la jeune hindoue? (Bell Song)
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Pietro Cimara
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Gounod, Charles : Mireille :: O légère hirondelle
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Je veux vivre
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Ah, fors'è lui...Sempre libera
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Golden Cockerel :: Hym
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Les oiseaux dans la charmille
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (Composer) (1741 - 1813) : Zémire et Azor, opera in 4 acts :: La Vauvette
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1771

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Je suis Titania
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Son vergin vezzosa
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda di Chamounix :: O luce di quest'anima
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1842.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera :: Ah, non credea...Ah, non giunge
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1831

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Alyabyev, Alexander : The Nightingale
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1822

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Fledermaus Fantasy
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Milhaud, Darius : A une fontaine, song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 1), Op. 223/1
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Milhaud, Darius : A Cupidon, song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 2), Op. 223/2
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Milhaud, Darius : Tais-toi, babillarde!, song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 3), Op. 223/3
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Milhaud, Darius : Dieu vous gard', song for voice & orchestra (or piano; Chansons de Ronsard no 4), Op. 223/4
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performers: Frank La Forge (Piano); Lily Pons
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Fantoches
  • Performers: Frank La Forge (Piano); Lily Pons
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1775

>Bishop, Henry Rowley : Clari
  • Performer: Lily Pons
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823