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Massenet: Werther [CD]

Rolando Villazon Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B006PDEI7C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jules Massenet: Werther - PréludeOrchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Assez! Assez! M'écoutera-t-on cette fois?Alain Vernhes 1:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Bravo pour les enfants!"Darren Jeffery 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Alors, c'est bien ici la maison du Bailli? ... Je ne sais si je veilleRolando Villazón 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Jésus vient de naître! / Chers enfants!Jack Sullivan 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Arrivez donc, Brühlmann!"Alain Vernhes 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Sophie! / Albert! Toi de retour"Audun Iversen 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Elle m'aime...elle pense à moi" - Quelle prière de reconnaissance et d'amour"Audun Iversen 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - InterludeOrchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Il faut nous séparerSophie Koch 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Mais, vou ne savez rien de moi.Rolando Villazón 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Rêve...extase...bonheur!Rolando Villazón 1:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - Charlotte, Albert est de retourAlain Vernhes 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - Prélude - "Vivat Bacchus! Semper vivat!"Darren Jeffery 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Trois mois! Voici trois mois que nous sommes unis!"Audun Iversen 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Un autre est son époux!"Rolando Villazón 1:32£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "J'aurais sur ma poitrine"Rolando Villazón 1:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Si Käthchen reviendra"Stuart Patterson0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - Au bonheur dont mon âme est pleine ... Vous avez dit, mon âme est loyale et sincèreAudun Iversen 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - Frère! Voyez! Voyez le beau bouquet! ... Heureux! pourais-je l'être encore?Eri Nakamura 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - Ai-je dit vrai? L'amour que j'ai pour elle ... Ah! qu'il est loin, ce jour plein d'intime douceurRolando Villazón 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "N'est-il donc pas d'autre femme ici-bas"Sophie Koch 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - Oui, ce qu'elle m'ordonne...Lorsque l'enfant revient d'un voyage avant l'heureRolando Villazón 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Mais venez donc! Le cortège s'approche"Eri Nakamura 1:56£0.39  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - PréludeOrchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Werther! Werther...qui m'aurait dit la place"Sophie Koch 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - Des cris joyeux d'enfantsSophie Koch 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Bonjour, grande soeur!"Eri Nakamura 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - Va! Laisse couler mes larmesSophie Koch 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - Tiens, Charlotte, crois-moi, ne reste pas iciEri Nakamura 1:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Ah! mon courage m'abandonne!"Sophie Koch 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - Oui, c'est moi! Je reviens!Rolando Villazón 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - Toute mon âme est là! Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle de printempsRolando Villazón 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "N'achevez pas! Hélas!"Sophie Koch 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Ah! Moi! Moi! Dans ses bras!"Sophie Koch 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Werther est de retour"Audun Iversen 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - Entr'acteOrchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Werther!...Rien!.."Sophie Koch 1:15£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Qui parle?"Rolando Villazón 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - A cette heure suprême, je suis heureux!Rolando Villazón 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - Noël! Noël! ... Dieu! Ces cris joyeux!Jack Sullivan 1:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - Ah! ses yeux se ferment! ... Non Charlotte je meursSophie Koch 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Villazon triumphant! 13 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
There is no doubt that Rolando Villazon has suffered significant vocal difficulties in recent times, but no-one should hesitate if they are considering buying this superb new set. True, his voice may not have the youthful beauty of his earlier career, but it is still a magnificent instrument and he has always been a tenor who takes risks in the cause of his art. Add to his stunning performance the experienced and deeply-felt Charlotte of Sophie Koch and the unmatchable conducting of Antonio Pappano (the set was recorded live) and this is overall an essential purchase - even if you already have a recording of the opera.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Villazon and Sophie Koch. 28 Mar 2014
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Having seen this at Covent Garden, I am happy to have the recording. It is a live recording so may not have the clarity of a studio recording, but it was a moving production. Villazon may not have the power he used to have before his throat problems but he plays the role with great pathos and Sophie Koch has made this her role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Werther 19 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Werther is one of my favourite operas so I'm thrilled DG have seen fit to release this very special live set, recorded at Covent Garden last May. If you love this work - or are unfamiliar with it and looking to experience it for the first time - I'd urge you to invest in this version for two reasons.

Firstly, Massenet's intricately constructed and lushly orchestrated score is magnificently realised by Antonio Pappano and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. For all its swirling romanticism, it's a tautly structured piece, with neither a wasted word nor a wasted note, and Pappano paces it all to perfection, handling the dramatic ebb and flow, the psychological twists and turns, to spellbinding effect.

Secondly, Villazon's performance is simply outstanding - quite possibly the finest singing I have ever heard from him. Vocally and temperamentally, the role fits him like a glove, playing to all his strengths: beauty of tone; an intensity that simmers dangerously and then erupts, but without ever compromising the Gallic elegance of the vocal line; and a seemingly limitless capacity for expressivity. With masterfully controlled dynamics and kaleidoscopic changes of tone, he colours and shapes not just the big arias, but also the tiniest phrases, delivering both with the naturalness of speech.

Sophie Koch sings with ravishing warmth and fullness of tone as Charlotte, a perfect foil to the complexity of Villazon's charismatic, tormented poet as he gradually wears down her defences with his ruthlessly seductive, self-absorbed persistence.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great momento of a wonderful performance! 13 Mar 2012
By Adina
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to attend this production live at ROH last year. Both Rolando Villazon and Sophie Koch were magnificent - Villazon in particular was stunning. I am delighted therefore to have this live recording which brings back wonderful memories,though unfortunately I cannot hear the sniffs and see the tears that were all around me when Villazon's voice moved many to tears in the last act. Perhaps his voice has altered, but it is a very special voice, incredibly moving and managed by a true artist. Tony Pappano's reading of Massenet's passionate score makes this a perfect to anyone's recording collection.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I'm sorry to say that Rolando Villason's voice has lost the X Factor since his throat troubles. He now has a somewhat gravelly character and undertone to what was a beautiful clear voice. This is his major comeback on CD, recorded live at the Royal Opera House last May. I think I have all of his CD's and Opera sets and I suppose we have to be grateful he was able to record a reasonable selection before the throat troubles.

Sophie Koch's Charlotte, is sung with tenderness and clarity and matches Villazon quite well. Unfortunately her performance isn't enough to save this recording for me.

Antonio Pappano is the real star of this recording. His conducting is first rate, lifting Massenet's work with a dynamism and excitement while at the same time not damaging the essential French qualities of the score.

I would suggest listening to the sample tracks Amazon have supplied us with, you may find that Villason's 'new' voice is OK and perhaps if this is your first time buying one of his recordings you may not notice anything wrong at all. Sorry my review has been mostly about Villazon but I think this was meant as a vehicle for his comeback.

Updated 30 April 2012 - May edition of Opera Now only gives a 2 Star Review to this recording. I would caution against believing everything the 5 star reviewers have written as every professional review I have read about this set seems to agree with the Opera Now review.
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