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Opera Souvenirs - Four Canadian Singers

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
>Campion, Thomas : Peaceful Westerne Winde
>Bartlet, John : What Thing Is Love?
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
>Bartlet, John : Whither runneth my sweetheart
>Edwards, Clara : By the bend in the river
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Work(s)
>Traditional, Canadian : Isabeau s'y promene
>Godard, Benjamin : La Vivandiere, opera
>Dessauer, Joseph : La retour des promis
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le timbre d'argent, opera (drama lyric) in 4 acts
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Traditional, Canadian : Vive la Canadienne (Long Live the Canadian Woman), folk song
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora
>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato
>Hérold, Ferdinand : Le Pre Aux Clercs, opera
>Chaminade, Cecile L. : L'Ete ("Ah! Chantez, chantez!"), for voice & piano
>Traditional, Scottish : Robin Adair
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
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Notes & Reviews:

This important release highlights four stars of Canada 's past. Sarah Fischer emigrated to Montreal in 1908 and made her debut as Carmen in 1918. She then sang several roles in Montreal and Quebec before studying in London to perfect her technique. After many successes in Europe, she settled back in Montreal for good in 1940; her last performance was in 1942. She would become a teacher to some of the finest voices in Canada. Blessed with an exceptional soprano voice, Pauline Lightstone (she would adopt the stage name Donalda in honor of her benefactor, Sir Donald A. Smith) studied at Royal Victoria College and then in Paris. She made her Covent Garden debut in 1905. She performed alongside such stars as Emmy Destinn and Caruso. Until the War, she performed all over Europe but was eventually stranded by it in Montreal, where she organized gala performances for the Canadian Armed Forces. As a teacher, she was also a major influence on new generations. Eva Gauthier first sang in Ottawa in 1902 and also studied in Paris, gaining fame throughout Europe. She took a particular interest in modern music, including works by Bartok, Ravel, Hindemith, Schoenberg and Stravinsky in her recitals. She would eventually settle in New York City, and then devote her time to teaching at the American Theatre Wing. Finally, Emmy (Lajeunesse) Albani was influenced by her musician father. She spent several years teaching in Albany, New York (some say her stage name was inspired by this), then studied in Paris. She made her debut in Un Ballo in Maschera in 1869. She would be a major star at Covent Garden starting in 1872 and for the next 25 years. To this day she remains the most celebrated Canadian lyrical artist of all time.

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Works Details

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Air de Micaëla. Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 :: 4. Solveg's song
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Campion, Thomas : Peaceful Westerne Winde
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bartlet, John : What Thing Is Love?
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1603

>Bartlet, John : Whither runneth my sweetheart
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Edwards, Clara : By the bend in the river
  • Performer: Sarah Fischer (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Vedrai Carino
  • Performer: Pauline Dolalda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Ballatella
  • Performer: Pauline Dolalda
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Mi Chiamano Mimi
  • Performer: Pauline Dolalda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Air des bijoux. Je ris de me voir si belle
  • Performer: Pauline Dolalda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Work(s) :: Love's Way
  • Performer: Pauline Dolalda
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Canadian : Isabeau s'y promène
  • Performers: Joseph Thomas (Voice); William Rucker (Voice); Paul Haskell (Voice); Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano); Justin Lawry (Voice)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (04/04/1917/07/19/1917)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.

>Godard, Benjamin : La Vivandière, opera :: Viens avec nous, petit
  • Performer: Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (03/14/1917/08/??/1917)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Dessauer, Joseph : La retour des promis
  • Performer: Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (03/14/1917/08/??/1917)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Le timbre d'argent, opera (drama lyric) in 4 acts :: L'amour est chose légère
  • Performer: Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (02/03/1917/11/??/1918)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1864-1877

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Air des larmes
  • Performer: Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (01/26/1917/??/??/1918)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (01/26/1917/??/??/1918)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Traditional, Canadian : Vive la Canadienne (Long Live the Canadian Woman), folk song
  • Performers: Joseph Thomas (Voice); William Rucker (Voice); Paul Haskell (Voice); Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano); Justin Lawry (Voice)
  • Notes: New York / Paru (04/04/1917/06/??/1921)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Angels Ever Bright And Fair
  • Performer: Emma Albani (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato :: Sweet Bird
  • Performer: Emma Albani (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1740.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740

>Ferdinand Hérold (1791 - 1833) : Le Pré Aux Clercs, opera :: Souvenir du jeune âge
  • Performer: Emma Albani (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Cécile Chaminade (Composer/Piano) (1857 - 1944) : L'Été ("Ah! Chantez, chantez!"), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Emma Albani (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Scottish : Robin Adair
  • Performer: Emma Albani (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Emma Albani (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852