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Opera Arias by Gluck, Haydn and Mozart / Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, re di Ponto, K 87
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'isola disabitata, Hob. 28/9
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ombra felice...Io ti lascio, K 255
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigenie en Aulide
>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Montezuma
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Betulia liberata, K 74c (K 118)
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze de Figaro, K 492
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito, K 621
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Il ritorno di Tobia, Hob. 21/1
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In this highly anticipated recording, Marie Nicole Lemieux performs beloved arias by Gluck, Haydn and Mozart. Lemieux brings her velvety tone and considerable talents to bear in performances of arias ranging from well-known pieces such as Voi, che sapete to lesser known gems. She is accompanied by the acclaimed Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy. In 2000, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux became the ?rst Canadian to win the First Prize and the Special Prize for Lieder at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. Winning these prestigious awards opened the door to an immediate international career, allowing her to perform in recital and in concert with the world's greatest orchestras. Each year, Lemieux is invited to sing in prestigious venues and international music festivals in North America and overseas. The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by music director Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and early 18th centuries; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Quebec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to the numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Societe Radio-Canada and CBC, and its regular presence at music festivals. Since its first performance in Washington in 1995, Les Violons du Roy has extended its performance network in the United States and now makes regular stops in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The orchestra is heard frequently on NPR in the United States.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
You might think that a band called Les Violons du Roy would feature period instruments: it doesn't, but the playing is lean and muscular, with plenty of light and air...Lemieux's spine-tingling account of Clytemnestra's air in Iphigenie en Aulide is complemented by Bernard Labadie's attention to detail.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
The Canadian contralto's depth is genuine, even if there's a mezzo quality higher up. Hers may not be the richest or most rounded tone around, but she delivers everything assigned to her with a keen dramatic overview...Her ability to extract meaning from text and notes is impressive throughout.

International Record Review, February 2011
Her bottom range shows a strength worthy of Marilyn Horne...[in the Mitridate aria] Lemieux is a veritable spitfire as she spews out the young man's venom...Lemieux sings [Che faro?] with rich tone, clear focus and subtle hints in her colouring...This CD is another desirable addition to Lemieux's growing discography, with so much in which to revel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palais Montcalm, Quebec City (09/2010).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, re di Ponto, K 87 :: Venga pur, minacci e frema
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'isola disabitata, Hob. 28/9 :: Se non piange un'infelice
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ombra felice...Io ti lascio, K 255
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1776

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigénie en Aulide :: Jupiter, lance la foudre
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Notes: Composition written: Germany.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, re di Ponto, K 87 :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Montezuma :: Del mio destin tiranno
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Notes: Composition written: Germany.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Betulia liberata, K 74c (K 118) :: Parto inerme e non pavento
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1771

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Che farò senza Euridice
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze de Figaro, K 492 :: Voi, che sapete che cosa è amor
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito, K 621 :: Deh, per questo istante solo
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Il ritorno di Tobia, Hob. 21/1 :: Sudò il guerriero
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 1774