Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Having mined the obvious crossover sources of music for his undeniably mellifluous voice, the phenomenally successful Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has taken to the stage and to recordings in several standards of the operatic repertory. He obviously hopes for respect from Italy's operatic community, and this he deserves: in each of his performances he has striven to master the relevant tradition rather than just delivering the arias that work that way in Bocelli voice and faking the rest. So it is here in this recording of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" 1867, an opera that somewhat de-emphasizes the tragic element of its source material. Instead, the focus rests on a series ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Having mined the obvious crossover sources of music for his undeniably mellifluous voice, the phenomenally successful Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has taken to the stage and to recordings in several standards of the operatic repertory. He obviously hopes for respect from Italy's operatic community, and this he deserves: in each of his performances he has striven to master the relevant tradition rather than just delivering the arias that work that way in Bocelli voice and faking the rest. So it is here in this recording of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" 1867, an opera that somewhat de-emphasizes the tragic element of its source material. Instead, the focus rests on a series of lovely romantic duets between the titular lead characters. This is all to the good for Bocelli, for it plays to his strengths, and he has a similar collaborator in the lyric soprano Maite Alberola. Does he show signs of strain, which may be growing as he enters his sixth decade? Certainly. This recording was made over no fewer than eight nights at a series of performances at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy, and that may be because the tenor was ordered onto vocal rest during the opera's run. In several places he's overpowered by the Orchestra del Carlo Felice di Genova or by his ensemble partners. The operatic hard core, which goes looking for vocal flaws, will find them. But the fact is that in this rather Italian-style opera he seems comfortable and does a reasonable job. The high-powered young bucks of opera may have vocal problems, too, and they don't have Bocelli's knack for snaring a wide audience. The recording of the production, handsome to judge from the lavish photos a DVD is on the way, is nicely put together by Decca's engineers; several of the supporting singers have fun with their roles; and in general the whole thing hangs together and does its star credit. And, if you're wondering whether Bocelli has been lost to the world of popular music, the CD version of this release comes with a flyer advertising an upcoming album of love songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947843726
  • Catalog Number: 001731802
  • Sales rank: 86,011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–53 Roméo et Juliette, opera - Charles Gounod & Jules Barbier (143:14)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Andrea Bocelli, Orchestra Del Teatro Carlo Felice Di Genova, Marzio Giossi, Elena Traversi, Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Andrea Mastroni, Manuel Pierattelli, Blagoj Nacoski, Franco Sala, Alessandro Luongo, Maite Alberola, Annalisa Stroppa, Biagio Pizzuti, Fabrizio Beggi
    1. 1Overture
    2. 2Prologue. Vérone vit jadis deux familles rivales
    3. 3Act 1. No. 1. Introduction. L'heure s'envole
    4. 4Act 1. No. 1. Introduction. Eh bien! cher Pâris, que vous semble de la fête des Capulets?
    5. 5Act 1. No. 1. Introduction. Ah! qu'elle est belle!... Écoutez! écoutez!
    6. 6Act 1. No. 1. Introduction. Allons! jeunes gens! Allons! belles dames!
    7. 7Act 1. No. 1. Introduction. Enfin la place est libre, amis!
    8. 8Act 1. No. 2. Ballade de la reine Mab. Mab, la reine des mensonges
    9. 9Act 1. No. 2a. Recitatif et scène. Eh! bien! que l'avertissement me vienne de Mab ou d'un autre
    10. 10Act 1. No. 2a. Recitatif et scène. Voyons, Nourrice, on m'attend! Parle vite!
    11. 11Act 1. No. 2a. Recitatif et scène. Non! non! je ne veux pas t'écouter plus longtemps... / No. 3. Ar
    12. 12Act 1. No. 3a. Recitatif. Le nom de cette belle enfant?
    13. 13Act 1. No. 3a. Recitatif. De grâce, demeurez! / No. 4. Madrigal. Ange adorable
    14. 14Act 1. No. 5. Finale. Quelqu'un! - C'est mon cousin Tybalt!
    15. 15Act 1. No. 5. Finale. C'était Roméo!
    16. 16Act 2. No. 6. Entr'acte et choeur. Entr'acte
    17. 17Act 2. No. 6. Entr'acte et choeur. Ô nuit! sous tes ailes obsures abrite-moi!
    18. 18Act 2. No. 7. Cavatine. L'amour, l'amour!... Ah! lève-toi, soleil!
    19. 19Act 2. No. 8. Scène et choeurs. Hélas: moi, le haïr!
    20. 20Act 2. No. 8. Scène et choeurs. Écoute!... on vient!
    21. 21Act 2. No. 8. Scène et choeurs. De qui parlez-vous donc?
    22. 22Act 2. No. 9. Duo. Ô nuit divine!
    23. 23Act 2. No. 9. Duo. Ah! ne fuis pas encore!
    24. 24Act 2. No. 9. Duo. Adieu mille fois! - Va! repose en paix!
    25. 25Act 3. Scene 1. No. 10. Entr'acte et scène. Entr'acte
    26. 26Act 3. Scene 1. No. 10. Entr'acte et scène. Mon père! Dieu vous garde!
    27. 27Act 3. Scene 1. No. 11. Trio et quatuor. Dieu qui fit l'homme à ton image!
    28. 28Act 3. Scene 1. No. 11. Trio et quatuor. Roméo! tu choisis Juliette pour femme?... Ô pur bonheur!
    29. 29Act 3. Scene 2. No. 12. Chanson. Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître!
    30. 30Act 3. Scene 2. No. 12. Chanson. Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle
    31. 31Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Ah! Ah! voici nos gens!
    32. 32Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Quelle rage! Vertudieu!
    33. 33Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Allons... tu ne me connais pas, Tybalt
    34. 34Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Que le diable soit de vos deux maisons!
    35. 35Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Ô jour de deuil! ô jour de larmes!
    36. 36Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Le Duc! Le Duc!
    37. 37Act 3. Scene 2. No. 13. Finale. Ah! jour de deuil et d'horreur et d'alarmes
    38. 38Act 4. (La chambre de Juliette)
    39. 39Act 4. No. 14. Duo. Va! Je t'ai pardonné... Nuit d'hyménée!
    40. 40Act 4. No. 14. Duo. Roméo! qu'as-tu donc?
    41. 41Act 4. No. 15. Quatuor. Juliette! Ah! le ciel soit loué!
    42. 42Act 4. No. 15. Quatuor. Quoi, ma fille! la nuit à peine est achevée
    43. 43Act 4. No. 15. Quatuor. Que l'hymne nuptial succède aux cris d'alarmes!
    44. 44Act 4. No. 16. Scène. Mon père! tout m'accable!
    45. 45Act 4. No. 16. Scène. Buvez donc ce breuvage
    46. 46Act 4. No. 16. Scène. Hésitez-vous?
    47. 47Act 4. No. 17. Scène et air. Dieu! quel frisson court dans mes veines!
    48. 48Act 4. No. 17. Scène et air. Viens! Amour, ranime mon courage
    49. 49Act 5. No. 21. Le sommeil de Juliette
    50. 50Act 5. No. 22. Scène et duo. C'est là... Salut! tombeau sombre et silencieux!
    51. 51Act 5. No. 22. Scène et duo. Ô ma femme! Ô ma bien-aimée!
    52. 52Act 5. No. 22. Scène et duo. À toi, ma Juliette!
    53. 53Act 5. No. 22. Scène et duo. Console-toi, pauvre âme
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