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Airs Baroques Français
     

Airs Baroques Français

by Patricia Petibon
 
In the old days, an opera star made her name singing Violetta, Norma, or Carmen. Today, the opportunities for stardom are more varied, for the simple reason that both singers and audiences are interested in a wider repertory. Take Patricia Petibon, who has portrayed Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Norina (Don Pasquale),

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In the old days, an opera star made her name singing Violetta, Norma, or Carmen. Today, the opportunities for stardom are more varied, for the simple reason that both singers and audiences are interested in a wider repertory. Take Patricia Petibon, who has portrayed Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Norina (Don Pasquale), Sophie (Werther), and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) -- roles that, with the possible exception of the last, rarely lead to celebrity. Here, however, in a program of French Baroque airs, the soprano may have found her niche. The voice is pure, agile, and elegant -- ideally suited to the music. She is delightful in the mad song from Rameau's Platée, exquisitely tender in the scene from Charpentier's David et Jonathas, and brings expressive majesty and surprising intensity to the larger-scale emotions of Lully's Armide. The accompanying ensemble, Les Folies Françoise, is another discovery here. Under their music director Patrick Cohën-Akenine, they are comparable with Les Talens Lyriques, Les Arts Florissants, and other French period instrument ensembles. Merveilleux!

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Michael Oliver
[Petibon's] voice is pretty, agile and beguiling, just as it should be, but when it comes to real drama she hits the spot no less unerringly.... In the end...it is Petibon's imaginative approach to text and characterisation that makes this unusual disc a triumph.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
Virgin France
UPC:
0724354548123
catalogNumber:
545481
Rank:
105881

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Tracks

  1. Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Air de Clarine: Soleil, fuis de ces lieux
  2. Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, ballet héroïque: Ariette de l'Amour: Volez, plaisirs, célébrez ce b
  3. Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, ballet héroïque: Entrée des Égyptiens
  4. Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, ballet héroïque: Ariette de l'Égyptienne: L'amant que j'adore
  5. Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, ballet héroïque: Ariette de l'Égyptienne: Amour, lance tes traits
  6. Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Air de la Folie: Formons les plus brillants concer
  7. David et Jonathas, tragédie en musique, H. 490: A-t-on jamais souffert une plus rude peine?
  8. Armide et Renaud, opera, LWV 71: Prélude, Armide: Enfin, il est en ma puissance
  9. Armide et Renaud, opera, LWV 71: Prélude, Armide: Le perfide Renaud me fuit
  10. Les Indes galantes, opéra-ballet: Air de Phani: Viens, hymen
  11. Les Indes galantes, opéra-ballet: Air de Zima: Régnez, plaisirs et jeux
  12. Les Indes galantes, opéra-ballet: Chaconne
  13. Rien du tout, for soprano, orchestra & continuo

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