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Charpentier: Louise Box set


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  • Performer: Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, José Van Dam, Mignon Dunn
  • Orchestra: Maîtrise de la Résurrection, Paris Opera Chorus
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Composer: Gustave Charpentier
  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 1994)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Opera
  • ASIN: B000002S5V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude - Orch du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris
2. Act One, Scene One: O coer ami! O coer promis! - Orch du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris
3. Act One, Scene One: Depuis longtemps j'habitais cette chambre - Beverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda
4. Act One, Scene Two: Moi, je vous avais remarque bien avant ce jour-la! - Beverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Mignon Dunn
5. Act One, Scene Two: Eh bien! vous ne dites plus rien, chere Louise? - Nicolai Gedda/Mignon Dunn
6. Act One, Scene Three: C'etait mon adoree! - Beverly Sills/Mignon Dunn
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Disc: 2
1. Act Two, Scene Four: Mouron pour les p'tits oiseax! - Mireille Laurent/Nicolai Gedda
2. Act Two, Scene Five: Bonjour!... Bonjour!...Comment vas-tu? - Elya Weismann/Marie Bertola/Marie Mella/Martine Surais/Eliane Lublin/Christiane Chateau...
3. Act Two, Scene Six: Pourquoi te retourner? - Mignon Dunn
4. Act Two, Scene Seven: Laissez-moi... ah! de grace! - Beverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda
5. Act Two, Scene Seven: Ah! Louise, si tu m'aimes - Beverly Sills/Beverly Sills
6. Act Two, Scene Eight: Marchand d'habits! avez-vous des habits! a vendr'? - Pierre-Yves Lemaigat
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Disc: 3
1. Act Three, Scene Two: lls sont la?... Oui!/Divertissement - Choeurs du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris/Nicolai Gedda/Mignon Dunn/Jose Van Dam...
2. Act Three, Scene Three: Par Merure aux pieds legers - Martyn Hill
3. Act Three, Scene Three: O Jolie! Soeur choise! - Martyn Hill/Beverly Sills
4. Act Three, Scene Three: O Jolie! Soeur choise! - Nicolai Gedda/Eliane Lublin/Christiane Chateau/Beverly Sills
5. Act Three, Scene Three: Ah!... Ah!... Regardez! - Eliane Lublin/Christiane Chateau/Nicolai Gedda/Beverly Sills/Jean-Jacques Doumene
6. Act Three, Scene Three: Je ne viens pas en ennemie... - Mignon Dunn/Nicolai Gedda/Beverly Sills
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Beverly Sills regales this part with wonderful passion and steady vocalism.The irritating vibrato in the higher part of her voice which affects other roles she played in her great career on disc,is less in evidence here.It is a wonderful performance of a great role .Thoroughly recommended along with the stylish and reliable Gedda and Van Dam as the hard -hearted father in another 'Romeo and Juliet'story.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Grand Louise 5 Feb. 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
At 3 hours long, Charpentier's all but forgotten Louise is a great opera. If only singers like Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna can revive this opera on a studio recording! The ligher, more elegant, French-style voices of Beverly Sills and Nicolai Gedda make this particular version a lot like Massenet's Manon. Rudel conducts with a mixture of dramatic realism, romance and bubbly music. Sills is past her prime but can still sing a difficult role like Louise with a style that is uniquely her own and with undying commitment. Jose Van Dam and Mignon Dunn are fine as the "baritone" father and "mezzo" mother, making their roles as convincingly real as possible, though mostly lyrical. This is a fine opera and you shouldn't hesitate to buy it if you are a fan of any of the singers.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunate production 28 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Louise is interesting and lovely work, the most important French answer to Italian "verismo" wich was, by the way, deeply influenced by Massenet in the beginning. This good sound recording is well conducted and has an idiomatic cast in every roles - except the title one, unfortunately. Both the young lovers are declining stars. In 1977 Sills had a style but her voice was lost. Although 52 years old, Gedda still had his clear tone and style, but his French is unidiomatic. The best of all is Jose van Damm as Father, curiously 12 years younger then his "daughter" Sills. With better production it would be a valuable recording, because Louise has few issues now. I didn't hear CBS/Sony version, but could be Cotrubas better?
A great performance by Beverly Sills 14 May 2014
By Daniel G. Madigan - Published on Amazon.com
Sills could do anything in this French verismo, as she could in the bel canto. The problem here is Gedda, who, while older, never sounds very good in French opera. Listen to his role with Sills in Thais, his Faust with De Los Angeles, or his La Traviata with Sills. Worn out sounds, gasping for breath, loud, hollow recitative..not good.

But Sills shines with many exciting approaches to the score, all approved by Chapentier. Buy this and look too at Domingo's in a Louise with Ilena Cortrubas'. Buy both and listen to beautiful singing with the breath control they have and others do not.

The famous "Depuis le Jour" comes from this long opera.
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