Tragédiennes

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The tragic operas of the French Baroque can be rough going for the new listener, whose eyes may glaze over when hearing about rules of French prosody, classical models, and Lully's dominance of the scene. But this single-disc recital solves any problems you may have had in encountering operatic music from Lully to Gluck. Credit soprano Véronique Gens, who has often sung lighter material and now is turning to the serious works of Rameau and his era at just the right time. Her voice is impressively versatile, with a muscular medium-wave vibrato that can easily drop off into a stage whisper or rise into anger. Credit conductor Christophe Rousset and his group Les Talens ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The tragic operas of the French Baroque can be rough going for the new listener, whose eyes may glaze over when hearing about rules of French prosody, classical models, and Lully's dominance of the scene. But this single-disc recital solves any problems you may have had in encountering operatic music from Lully to Gluck. Credit soprano Véronique Gens, who has often sung lighter material and now is turning to the serious works of Rameau and his era at just the right time. Her voice is impressively versatile, with a muscular medium-wave vibrato that can easily drop off into a stage whisper or rise into anger. Credit conductor Christophe Rousset and his group Les Talens Lyriques, with their on-the-ball, sensitive accompaniment and unique catgut-scraping string sound. Credit booklet writer Jean Duron for a quick, painless introduction to the 100-year history of how French opera composers, working in the centralized musical system of the French monarchy, responded to the musical world as it changed around them. Credit the engineers from Virgin Classics, who have made the Church of Notre Dame-du-Liban in Paris into something resembling a close-up, row-five theatrical experience, and caught the powerful sense of immediacy and communication in Gens' singing. And credit whoever devised the program, which offers good-sized chunks of music from various operas, complete with overtures and other instrumental interludes, instead of a sequence of disconnected arias and random sonatas linked to the main program only by chronology. This album will earn praise from those who follow Gens closely, and for the general listener looking to hear some French Baroque opera arias it's a godsend -- the tragic heroine is a central figure of the era, and Gens and company have brought her fully to life.
Gramophone - Patrick O'Connor
This is an exceptionally imaginative recital, and event those who don't go for early opera might find themselves pleasantly surprised.
The Guardian - Andrew Clements
Véronique Gens's recital offers a neat guide to a century of French baroque opera.

Véronique Gens's recital offers a neat guide to a century of French baroque opera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 094634676229
  • Catalog Number: 46762
  • Sales rank: 190,849

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act 2. Scene 5. Enfin il est en ma puissance - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Véronique Gens (4:17)
  2. 2 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Ouverture - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Paula Kennedy (2:13)
  3. 3 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Act 3. Scene 3. Venez, venez, Haine implacable - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Véronique Gens (1:10)
  4. 4 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Passacaille - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Paula Kennedy (3:56)
  5. 5 Le Carnaval de Venise, ballet in 3 acts with prologue: Act 3. Scene 5. Mes yeux, fermez-vous à jamais - André Campra & Véronique Gens (4:00)
  6. 6 Hippolyte et Aricie, tragédie lyrique: Act 3. Prélude - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Paula Kennedy (1:40)
  7. 7 Hippolyte et Aricie, tragédie lyrique: Act 3. Scene 1. Cruelle mère des amours - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Véronique Gens (5:11)
  8. 8 Hippolyte et Aricie, tragédie lyrique: Chaconne - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Paula Kennedy (3:09)
  9. 9 Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique: Act 1. Scene 3. Tristes apprêts - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Véronique Gens (4:11)
  10. 10 Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique: Chaconne - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Paula Kennedy (4:57)
  11. 11 Les Fêtes de Polymnie, ballet héroïque: Troisième entrée (La Féerie). Scene 5. Que ses reg - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Véronique Gens (2:58)
  12. 12 Isbé, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Désirs toujours détruits - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville & Véronique Gens (3:57)
  13. 13 Scylla et Glaucus, tragèdie en musique, Op. 11: Ouverture - Jean-Marie Leclair & Paula Kennedy (5:45)
  14. 14 Scylla et Glaucus, tragèdie en musique, Op. 11: Act 4. Scene 4. Et toi, dont les embrasements...No - Jean-Marie Leclair & Véronique Gens (3:45)
  15. 15 Scylla et Glaucus, tragèdie en musique, Op. 11: Act 4. Scene 5. Premier Air des démons - Jean-Marie Leclair & Paula Kennedy (1:50)
  16. 16 Scylla et Glaucus, tragèdie en musique, Op. 11: Act 4. Scene 5. Brillante fille de Latone - Jean-Marie Leclair & Véronique Gens (0:42)
  17. 17 Scylla et Glaucus, tragèdie en musique, Op. 11: Act 4. Scene 5. Deuxième Air des démons - Jean-Marie Leclair & Paula Kennedy (1:16)
  18. 18 Le Pouvoir de l'Amour, opera-ballet: Act 1. Scene 3. L'objet qui règne dans mon âme - Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer & Véronique Gens (2:51)
  19. 19 Zaide, reine de Grenade, ballet in 3 acts: Act 3. Scene 3. Dieu des amants fidèles - Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer & Véronique Gens (2:06)
  20. 20 Iphigénie en Aulide, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 40: Act 3. Scene 6. Dieux puissants que j'atteste / Ju - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Véronique Gens (3:32)
  21. 21 Armide, opera in 5 acts, Wq. 45: Act 2. Scene 5. Enfin, il est en ma puissance - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Véronique Gens (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Véronique Gens Primary Artist
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