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Bellissimo French Opera: arias by Salieri, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Massenet, Bizet et al. / Caballe, Rancatore, Wok, Breedt

> Les Danaides - Les Danaides, Act II: Par les larmes dont votre fille
> Les Huguenots - Les Huguenots, Act II: O beau pays de la Touraine!
> La reine de Saba (The Queen of Sheba) - La reine de Saba (The Queen of Sheba), Act II: Faiblesse de la race humaine!
> Roma - Act III: Introduction
> Roma - Act III: Je vais la voir! tout mon etre fremit - Soir admirable
> Cherubin - Cherubin, Act III: Nina! Cherubin!
> Polyeucte - Polyeucte, Act II: Maitre supreme
> Le roi de Lahore - Le roi de Lahore, Act V: J'ai fui la chambre nuptiale
> Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) - Act I: Je crois entendre encore, cache sous les palmiers
> Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) - Act I: O Dieu Brahma!
> Le roi d'Ys - Le roi d'Ys, Act III: Je reviendrai bientot, mon pere!
> Thais - Thais, Act II: Meditation
> Werther (Sung in Italian) - Werther, Act III: Tradurre … Ah, non mi ridestar (Sung in Italian)

Album Summary

>Salieri, Antonio : Les Danaides
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots
>Gounod, Charles : La Reine de Saba
>Massenet, Jules : Roma
>Massenet, Jules : Cherubin
>Gounod, Charles : Polyeucte
>Massenet, Jules : Le Roi de Lahore
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Massenet, Jules : Werther (Italian version)
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Notes & Reviews:

After the first two "Bellissimo" recordings dedicated to Handel, Vivaldi and Italian opera arias, the new CD features some of the rarest and beautiful French opera arias. As performed by Montserrat Caballé, Desirée Rancatore, Jeon-Won Lee, Warren Mok, Luca Grassi, Guylaine Girard and more!

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
"Bellissimo: French Opera" may be somewhat of an oxymoron, mixing Italian and French. This release is actually a promotional ploy for Dynamic recordings. All 13 selections are taken from recordings of the complete operas, CD and DVD. There are two instrumental pieces: the 'Meditation' from Thais and the Act 3 prelude to Massenet's Roma. The repertoire is indeed a listing of rarities: Les Danaides (Salieri, an aria sung by Montserrat Caballe), Les Huguenots (Meyerbeer), La Reine de Saba (Gounod), Roma (Massenet, an aria), Cherubin (Massenet), Polyeucte (Gounod), Le Roi de Lahore (Massenet), Pecheurs de Perles (Bizet, two arias), Le Roi d'Ys (Lalo), and an Italian Werther.

The performances are generally good. No texts.



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Works Details

>Salieri, Antonio : Les Danaïdes :: Par les larmes dont votre fille
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1784

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots :: O beau pays
  • Performer: Désirée Rancatore (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Renato Palumbo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Gounod, Charles : La Reine de Saba :: Faiblesse de la race humaine
  • Performer: Jeong-Won Lee (Voice)
  • Conductor: Manlio Benzi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1862

>Massenet, Jules : Roma :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Performer: Warren Mok (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Guidarini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Roma :: Je vais la voir... Soir admirable
  • Performer: Warren Mok (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Guidarini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Chérubin :: Nina! / !
  • Performers: Carmela Remigio (Soprano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gounod, Charles : Polyeucte :: Maître suprême
  • Performer: Giorgio Casciarri (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Manlio Benzi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1878

>Massenet, Jules : Le Roi de Lahore :: J'ai fui la chambre nuptiale
  • Performer: Ana Sánchez (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Je crois entendre encore
  • Performers: Annick Massis (Soprano); Jasu Nakajima (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: O dieu Brâhma
  • Performers: Annick Massis (Soprano); Jasu Nakajima (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys :: Je reviendrai bientôt, mon père
  • Performers: Éric Martin-Bonnet (Voice); Giuseppina Piunti (Soprano); Guylaine Girard (Voice); Sebastien Gueze (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Patrick Davin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875-88.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1875-1888

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Werther (Italian version) :: Ah, non mi ridestar
  • Performer: Luca Grassi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jean-Luc Tingaud
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta