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French Arias
     

French Arias

by Marcelo Álvarez
 
This is Marcelo Álvarez's third recital disc for Sony and the best yet. The Argentinian tenor sounds very much at ease -- both technically and emotionally -- and though he imbues these French arias with more Italianate warmth than Gallic elegance, it would be churlish to complain about such finely characterized singing.

Overview

This is Marcelo Álvarez's third recital disc for Sony and the best yet. The Argentinian tenor sounds very much at ease -- both technically and emotionally -- and though he imbues these French arias with more Italianate warmth than Gallic elegance, it would be churlish to complain about such finely characterized singing. Álvarez captures the yearning of des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, giving a particularly tender account of "C'est un rêve." His Hoffmann, in Offenbach's Tales, is fanciful and quick-witted, his Faust (Gounod) a sensitive soul, and his Don Carlos (in the original French version of Verdi's opera) aristocratically ardent. He admirably negotiates the treacherous string of high Cs in "Pour mon âme" from Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment -- though, admittedly, without the élan of Pavarotti in his famous Decca recording. Still, one never feels that Álvarez has ventured out of his depth, and given the demands of this wide-ranging program, that's saying a lot. Opera veteran Mark Elder conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and elicits some marvelously detailed playing -- listen, for example, to the exquisite solo work in the Verdi aria. For a more authentic approach to the French style, Roberto Alagna's award-winning EMI recital is not to be missed, but Álvarez's dedicated interpretations are well worth hearing.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Matthew Gurewitsch
From the opening cut, Werther's gloomy recitation "Pourquoi me réveiller," the singing is ardent yet nuanced, with admirable variety in dynamics, phrasing and attack. The tenor's sunny side breaks through merrily in Donizetti's "Ah! mes amis," from "La Fille du Régiment," featuring nine high C's flung out with ringing nonchalance.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998965027
catalogNumber:
89650

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  1. Werther, opera: Pourquoi me réveiller  - Jules Massenet  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez  - Florent Chamard
  2. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Il était une fois àla cour  - Jacques Offenbach  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez  - Giulio Magnanini  - Florent Chamard
  3. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Ô dieu! de quelle ivresse  - Jacques Offenbach  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  4. La Fille du régiment, opera: Ah! mes amis... Pour mon âme  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  5. Roméo et Juliette, opera: L'amour, l'amour... Ah! lève-toi, soleil  - Charles Gounod  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  6. Dom Sébastien, roi du Portugal, opera: Seul sur la terre  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  7. Manon, opera: Je suis seul!... Ah! fuyez, douce image  - Jules Massenet  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  8. La Favorita, opera: La maîtresse du roi?... Ange si pur que dans un so  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  9. Werther, opera: Je ne sais si je veille... Ô nature pleine de grâc  - Jules Massenet  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  10. Don Carlo, opera: Fontainbleau! Forêt immense... Je l'ai vue et dans  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  11. Manon, opera: En fermant les yeux... C'est un rêve  - Jules Massenet  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  12. Faust, opera: Salut! demeure chaste et pure  - Charles Gounod  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez
  13. Les Huguenots, grand opera in 5 acts: Ah! quel spectacle... Plus blanche que la blanche  - Giacomo Meyerbeer  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez  - Liviu Ionescu  - Vasile Ioan
  14. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Ne m'abandonne point... Asile héréditaire... Venge  - Gioachino Rossini  - Jeremy Caulton  - Mark Elder  - Allen Weinberg  -  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra  - Marcelo Álvarez  -  Nice Opera Chorus  - Vasile Ioan  - Liviu Ionescu  - Giulio Magnanini

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