French Operetta Arias: C'est ça la vie, c'est ça l'amour

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Every once in a while, a record comes along in which singer and song seem perfectly suited to one another. Susan Graham is marvelous in French music, and this program of 20th-century French operetta arias is tailor-made to her gifts. It is also a revelation, presenting a slice of the repertoire that has all but disappeared. Many of these arias are just plain fun, as in the opening selection, "C'est ça la vie" from Moïses Simons' Toi c'est moi 1934, with its Latin rhythms, or the lovely, lilting "O mon bel inconnu" from Reynaldo Hahn's 1933 operetta of the same name. But others offer surprisingly sensuous entertainment, like the almost unbearably sultry "Si vous ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Every once in a while, a record comes along in which singer and song seem perfectly suited to one another. Susan Graham is marvelous in French music, and this program of 20th-century French operetta arias is tailor-made to her gifts. It is also a revelation, presenting a slice of the repertoire that has all but disappeared. Many of these arias are just plain fun, as in the opening selection, "C'est ça la vie" from Moïses Simons' Toi c'est moi 1934, with its Latin rhythms, or the lovely, lilting "O mon bel inconnu" from Reynaldo Hahn's 1933 operetta of the same name. But others offer surprisingly sensuous entertainment, like the almost unbearably sultry "Si vous saviez" from Arthur Honneger's Les Aventures du roi Pausole 1930. There's not a dud in the lot, either, and Graham sings them all with style and ample vocal richness. Conductor Yves Abel brings out the music's sweetness without being cloying, and the City of Birmingham Orchestra affects quite a decent French accent. C'est magnifique!
New York Times - Matthew Gurewitsch
Throughout, Ms. Graham entertains herself and the listener royally with light gems that are by turns wistful, coquettish, coltish, glamorous and moody.
Gramophone - Hugh Canning
This is the musical equivalent of an expensive box of scrummy chocolates and I intend to gorge myself on them for the rest of the year.

This is the musical equivalent of an expensive box of scrummy chocolates and I intend to gorge myself on them for the rest of the year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 809274210623
  • Catalog Number: 42106
  • Sales rank: 284,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toi c'est moi, operetta: C'est ça la vie (That's life) - Moisés Simóns & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:50)
  2. 2 L' Amour masqué, operetta: J'ai deux amants (I've two lovers) - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:32)
  3. 3 Yes, musical: Yes - Maurice Yvain & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:08)
  4. 4 Les aventures du Roi Pausole, operetta, H 76: Si vous saviez (If you knew) - Arthur Honegger & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:33)
  5. 5 O Mon Bel Inconnu!, operetta: Ô mon bel inconnu - Reynaldo Hahn & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:00)
  6. 6 Fortunio, operetta: Je ne vois rein...Lorsque je n'étais qu'une enfant - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (5:33)
  7. 7 Coups de roulis, operetta: Les hommes sont biens tous les mêmes (Men are all - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1:58)
  8. 8 Brummel, operetta: Air de la Lettre (Letter aria) - Reynaldo Hahn & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:00)
  9. 9 Passionément, operetta: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Love is a rebelliou - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:52)
  10. 10 Les P'tites Michu, operetta: Vois-tu, je m'en veux (You see, I blame myself) - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:33)
  11. 11 Mozart, operetta: Être adoré (To be adored) - Reynaldo Hahn & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:30)
  12. 12 La Petite fonctionnaire, operetta: Je regrette mon Pressigny (I miss my Pressigny) - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:30)
  13. 13 Les Dragons de L'Impératrice, operetta: Amour, amour, quel est donc ton pouvoir (Love, lov - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:16)
  14. 14 L' Amour masqué, operetta: Mon rêve (My dream) - André Messager & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:01)
  15. 15 O mon bel inconnu, musical comedy in 3 acts: C'est très vilain d'être infidèle (It is very naug - Reynaldo Hahn & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:43)
  16. 16 Ciboulette, operetta in 3 acts: C'est pas Paris, c'est sa banlieue (It's not Paris - Reynaldo Hahn & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:54)
  17. 17 Toi c'est moi, operetta: Vagabond (Roaming) - Moisés Simóns & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist, Ensemble
Yves Abel Conductor
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