Gounod, Massenet: Arias

Gounod, Massenet: Arias

by Rolando Villazón

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Gounod, Massenet: Arias

Having jumped to the head of the class of up-and-coming tenors with his debut recital of Italian arias in 2004, Rolando Villazón returns with a French album that will only increase the opera world's excitement. Villazón's voice is every bit as powerful and darkly beautiful -- and his dramatic instincts are just as secure -- as his first outing led us to expect, and favorable comparisons to the young Plácido Domingo seem more inevitable than ever. The tenor's musical intelligence is obvious, both in the arias he chooses to sing and in the way he sings them. He avoids a scattershot approach to the French repertoire here by focusing on just two of its most important composers, Charles Gounod and Jules Massenet; this allows a healthy number of "greatest hits" (the tenor arias from Faust, Werther, and Manon, for example), while also leaving space to unearth some wonderful rarities (Gounod's Polyeucte, Massenet's Le Mage, and several others). It also shows that Villazón is just as adept at responding to the purely lyrical moments of Gounod's heroes as to the more dramatically charged impulses of Massenet's. Take the album's first track, "O souverain" from Massenet's Le Cid, a gramophone favorite since the days of Caruso: Villazón reminds us that this aria is an intimate prayer, not an opportunity for bellowing, and he lovingly sculpts its melodic lines with a unique blend of urgency and sensitivity. The examples could easily be multiplied, but each is utterly convincing as a frozen moment of peak emotional expression, and even the most familiar numbers come alive as if being heard -- and sung -- for the first time. As appetizing as these morsels are, they will doubtless make the listener eager to hear Villazón in complete opera recordings, which with any luck will be in the pipeline before long.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Erato
UPC: 0724354571923
catalogNumber: 45719

Tracks

  1. Le Cid, opera: Act 3. Air de Rodrigue. Ah! tout est bien fini ...  - Jules Massenet  - Alfred Blau  - Myung-Whun Chung  -  d'Ennery  - Louis Gallet  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón
  2. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Rêve de Des Grieux. Enfin, Manon ... En fer  - Jules Massenet  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Natalie Dessay  - Philippe Gille  - Alain Lanceron  - Henri Meilhac  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón
  3. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Act 2. Air de Werther. Oui, ce qu'elle m'ordonne .  - Jules Massenet  - Joseph Allen  - Alfred Blau  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Alain Lanceron  - Paul Milliet  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  -  Hartmann  - Rolando Villazón
  4. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 2. Cavatine de Roméo. L'amour! l'amour! Ah! lè  - Charles Gounod  - Joseph Allen  - Michel Carré  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Auguste Barbier
  5. Polyeucte, opera: Act 3. Air de Polyeucte. Source délicieuse  - Charles Gounod  - Michel Carré  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Auguste Barbier
  6. La reine de Saba, opera: Act 2. Air d'Adoniram. Faiblesse de la race humain  - Charles Gounod  - Michel Carré  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Auguste Barbier
  7. Le roi de Lahore, opera in 5 acts (3 versions): Act 4. Air d'Alim. Voix qui me remplissez d'une in  - Jules Massenet  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Louis Gallet  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón
  8. Grisélidis, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Air d'Alain. Je suis l'oiseau  - Jules Massenet  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - La Moranda
  9. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Act 3. Lied d'Ossian. Traduire ... Ah! bien souven  - Jules Massenet  - Joseph Allen  - Alfred Blau  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Alain Lanceron  - Paul Milliet  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  -  Hartmann  - Rolando Villazón
  10. Mireille, opera: Act 5. Air de Vincent. Mon cœur est plein d'un noi  - Charles Gounod  - Michel Carré  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón
  11. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 5. Air du tombeau. C'est là ... Salut, tombeau  - Charles Gounod  - Joseph Allen  - Michel Carré  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Auguste Barbier
  12. Faust, opera: Act 3. Cavatine de Faust. Quel trouble inconnu me  - Charles Gounod  - Michel Carré  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Béatrice Vierne  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Auguste Barbier
  13. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Air de Des Grieux. Je suis seul! Ah! fuyez,  - Jules Massenet  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Philippe Gille  - Alain Lanceron  - Henri Meilhac  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón
  14. Roma, tragic opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Air de Lentulus. Je vais la voir! Tout mon  - Jules Massenet  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Henri Cain  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Philip White  -  Radio France Chorus
  15. Le mage, opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Air de Zarastra. Ah! parais! parais, astre  - Jules Massenet  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hugh Graham  - Alain Lanceron  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique  - Evelino Pidò  - Rolando Villazón  - Philip White  -  Radio France Chorus  -  Jean Richepin

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