Ravel: Shéhérazade / Berlioz: Nuits d'été

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Soprano Régine Crespin may have been overshadowed by divas like Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé, but her exquisite voice and sensitive musicianship demand that she be admitted to the pantheon of great singers. There is perhaps no better memento of Crespin's artistry than this 1963 recording. Throughout this program of French songs, her unaffected phrasing and beauty of tone cast a magic spell. Rarely has "Le Spectre de la rose" from Berlioz's "Les Nuits d'été" been sung with such heartbreaking sincerity and quiet dignity. And has Ravel's exotic trilogy "Schéhérezade" ever sounded more enchantingly sensuous as it does here? Conductor Ernest ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Soprano Régine Crespin may have been overshadowed by divas like Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé, but her exquisite voice and sensitive musicianship demand that she be admitted to the pantheon of great singers. There is perhaps no better memento of Crespin's artistry than this 1963 recording. Throughout this program of French songs, her unaffected phrasing and beauty of tone cast a magic spell. Rarely has "Le Spectre de la rose" from Berlioz's "Les Nuits d'été" been sung with such heartbreaking sincerity and quiet dignity. And has Ravel's exotic trilogy "Schéhérezade" ever sounded more enchantingly sensuous as it does here? Conductor Ernest Ansermet proves his mastery of the French style, eliciting supple, sympathetic playing from his Swiss orchestra. As a bonus, this reissue includes excerpts from a song recital Crespin recorded with pianist John Wustman in 1968. Their performances of Debussy's "Chansons de Bilitis" and seven songs by Poulenc are rapturous and refined -- a model for young singers and a delicacy for those who treasure great singing.
Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
The glamorous French soprano Régine Crespin made far fewer recordings than her many admirers would wish. Two of the very best -- her versions of Berlioz's "Les Nuits d'été" and Ravel's "Shéhérazade" with Ernest Ansermet and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande -- fuel the argument that in terms of understanding of the text and sheer sexiness, Crespin was the equal of Maria Callas and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. There are moments in these legendary recordings -- the deceptive innocence of "Le Spectre de la rose," for instance, or the dripping sensuality of "La Flûte enchantée" -- that reveal her as one of the most resourceful and seductive singers of whom we have an accurate record. And as anyone who knows these classic recordings will attest, the seduction is immediate and incurable.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
Régine Crespin's 1963 recording is a classic of the early stereo era.... She revealed a sensitivity to the world of song, and here in the Ravel she demonstrates how that substantial voice could encompass both delicacy and smoothness in her floated lines and shapely phrasing.

Régine Crespin's 1963 recording is a classic of the early stereo era.... She revealed a sensitivity to the world of song, and here in the Ravel she demonstrates how that substantial voice could encompass both delicacy and smoothness in her floated lines and shapely phrasing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947577126
  • Catalog Number: 000710802
  • Sales rank: 38,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7) - Hector Berlioz & Ernest Ansermet (30:40)
  2. 2 Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano) - Maurice Ravel & Ernest Ansermet (15:50)
  3. 3 Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 90 - Claude Debussy & Régine Crespin (9:44)
  4. 4 Banalités, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 107: Chanson d'Orkenise - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (1:28)
  5. 5 Banalités, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 107: Hôtel - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (2:05)
  6. 6 La courte paille, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 178: Le Carafon - Francis Poulenc & Maurice Careme (1:06)
  7. 7 La courte paille, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 178: La Reine de cœur - Francis Poulenc & Maurice Careme (2:07)
  8. 8 Chansons villageoises, song cycle for voice & piano (reduct. of chamber work), FP 117: Les gar qui vont à la fête - Francis Poulenc & Régine Crespin (1:45)
  9. 9 Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, for voice & piano, FP 122 - Francis Poulenc & Louis Aragon (4:01)
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Album Credits

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Régine Crespin Primary Artist
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