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French Arias

Marc Minkowski Audio CD
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Marc Minkowski was born in Paris in 1962. He began his musical career as a bassoonist, playing both in modern orchestras and in such period-instrument ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, the Clemencic Consort of Vienna and La Chapelle Royale. He gained his initial conducting experience in France and subsequently studied with Charles Bruck at the ... Read more in Amazon's Marc Minkowski Store

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  • Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, Georges Bizet, Henri Massenet, Jacques Offenbach, Hector Berlioz, et al.
  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0000A2YCU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Auber: Le Domino noir - Original Version / Act 3 - Je suis sauvée enfin - Ah! quelle nuit - Flamme vengeresseMarc Minkowski 6:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gounod: Cinq Mars - Nuit resplendissanteMarc Minkowski 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gounod: Roméo et Juliette - original version / Act 3 - Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maîtreMarc Minkowski 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Massenet: Cléopatre - J'ai versé le poisonMarc Minkowski 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Don Carlos / Act 2 - Choeur et Scène: "Sous ces bois au feuillage immense"Marc Minkowski 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Don Carlos / Act 2 - Chanson du Voile: "Au palais des fées"Marc Minkowski 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3 - Le roi de Thulé (Chanson gothique). "Autrefois un roi de Thulé"Marc Minkowski 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ravel: L'heure espagnole, Comédie en un acte - Oh! la pitoyable aventure! (Scenes XVII-XIX)Marc Minkowski 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Massenet: Don Quichotte - Poème de Henri Cain, d'après Le Lorrain / Act 4 - Lorsque le temps d'amour a fui - Par fortune - Alza! Alza! Ne pensons qu'au plaisierMarc Minkowski 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Thomas: Mignon / Act 1 - Connais-tu le pays?Marc Minkowski 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Boiëldieu: La Dame blanche - Chut! Chut! écoutonsMarc Minkowski 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gounod: Sapho - opera in 3 Acts / Act 3 - Où suis-je?...O ma lyre immortelleMarc Minkowski 7:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - Voyez - la sous son éventailMarc Minkowski 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Massenet: Cendrillon - Opera In 4 Acts - Lib. Cain After Perrault / Act 1 - Ah! que mes soeurs sont heureuses!Marc Minkowski 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Bizet: Carmen / Act 2 - Chanson: "Les tringles des sistres tintaient"Claire Delgado-Boge 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars siren songs 26 Nov 2003
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in greek mythology the sirens were beautiful sea nymphs who charmed sailors and lured them away with their enchanting singing. listen to kozena's singing on this cd, especially in the slower moments, and you feel her exert a similar, seemingly effortless, magnetic charm. her gorgeous, clear voice lulls you into a state of careless rapture. this is immersive music best listened to on headphones, or in a quiet, romantic moment. put it on as background music when your friends are over and the spell is broken, the singular beauty lost. kozena's voice is lovely, as is this collection. the song from massenet's cleopatra is a highlight, and exceptionally cinematic. listening to the song it is almost impossible to believe she isn't french, or a beautiful sea nymph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Every single track is pure joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magdalena Kozena - French Arias 2 Nov 2003
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Kozena has a ravishing voice which she handles with subtlety. It perfectly suits the range of French arias on this CD. The orchestra supports her elegantly and with equal subtlety. A refreshingly sophisticated and delightful CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure! 12 Feb 2004
By Suen Tsz Ho - Published on
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this mzzo-soprano is great... she is a lighter and lyric mezzo. In this album... she sung the french arias with phrasing in detail... especially in the "Nuit Resplendissante". The balance between head vioce and chest voice in her singing is good. Her singing can really touches my heart...
it is worthy to buy this album... especially than you are tired in listening to the darker or dramatic mezzo-sopranos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know how she did it . . . 24 Jun 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on
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Magdalena Kozena is a baroque specialist, right? So theoretically, I should agree with the reviewer who says that this is the "wrong repertoire" for Kozena's voice; she lacks the roundness of a Janet Baker or Susan Graham, and one can't particularly think of THEM trying the Veil Song from "Don Carlos." But Kozena does it, and I was totally convinced: this is how the Veil Song should sound! The little grace notes, the phrasing, the pacing, the characterization -- it's all there. In fact, the whole recital is a triumph. She has the gift of inhabiting credibly every character and situation, and if the voice sounds just a little over-bright at the top in one or two places, it doesn't matter a bit. Generally, I don't much like recitals like this: one would rather hear the music in context of the whole opera, but where today are you going to get complete recordings of Massenet's "Cendrillon" and "Sapho," or even "Mignon" or "La Dame Blanche"? And "Cinq-Mars'? I didn't even know that was an opera! Credit too to Mark Minkowski -- every orchestral accompaniment is vivid and detailed and creates the sound world of the particular piece. Just listen in sequence to the music from "Don Carlos," La Damnation deFaust," and "L'Heure Espagnole." Kozena is up to them all, and Minkowski's accompaniments are right on the money. There really is no weak link in this recital, but I particularly liked the "Don Carlos" scena; "Connais tu le pays" from "Mignon"; the arias from Massenet's "Cleopatre," "Sapho," and "Don Quichotte"; and Berlioz's "Roi de Thule." All lovers of great dramatic singing need to hear this: an unusual program, rendered with total success.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice voice, but wrong repertoire 8 July 2008
By S. L. Browning - Published on
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Kozena has a pretty voice with good intonation, but it is still undeveloped and sometimes breathy. I don't think she is a Mezzo-Soprano, and these choices are the wrong literature for her. Singing 19th century music in a Baroque style does not do the drama justice. I think Kozena does herself, and the world, a disservice, by not practicing and developing her higher soprano notes. Remember that Joan Sutherland once sang Mezzo-Soprano, but changed her focus to Soprano, calling her mezzo days "a lazy soprano".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un repertorio nuevo para Magdalena Kozena 13 July 2005
By Annio mozartiano ;) - Published on
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MAGDALENA KOZENA es una mezzosoprano basicamente ligada al barroco, y particularmente a Bach y Haendel. Sorprende por tanto la aparición de este cd dodne interpreta un variado abanico de arias francesas, roles que no ha debutado en teatro y que se alejan de su estilo habitual.

Aun así, Kozena canta estas arias divinamente con estilo propio: impone un timbre seductor, claro y mórbido y un dominio absoluto del canto, aunque el registro agudo no es siempre todo lo homogeneo que sería deseable. Con todo, su interpretación de estas páginas es notable y sorprendente.

Otra baza del disco es el repertorio, que incluye arias de óperas más bien desconocidas, como 'Cleopatre' de Massenet, 'Le Cincq-Mars', 'La dame Blanche', 'Don Quixote', 'Sapho', 'Le domino Noir'....junto a otras más habituales del repertorio como 'Carmen' (aunque no está la popular habanera), 'Don Carlos' (en su versión francesa) o 'La Hora Española', además de un aria para Niclausse de 'Los Cuentos de Hoffmann' que suele cortarse en la mayoría de las representaciones. La selección es acertada y gratificante.

La orquesta, al mano de un MARK MINKOWSKI que siempre se ha interesado mucho por este repertorio, suena a las mil maravillas, y es complemento perfecto para la mezzo. Lo mismo puede decirse del coro y de las más que correctas voces escogidas para algunas partes solistas de arias puntuales.

En conclusión, este 'French Opera Arias' de Kozena es un cd muy recomendable, complemento perfecto a los recientes registros del mismo título de Natalie Dessay y Rolando Villazón (ambos en Virgin Classics)
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