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Natalie Dessay ~ Vocalises CD

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French soprano Natalie Dessay is one the stars of today’s operatic world, thrilling audiences as both a singer and an actress.

Now an admired interpreter of bel canto and lyric heroines such as Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie (La Fille du régiment), Amina (La sonnambula), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Manon, Juliette and Ophélie (Hamlet), Dessay originally made her ... Read more in Amazon's Natalie Dessay Store

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  • Performer: Natalie Dessay
  • Orchestra: Berliner Simphonie-Orchester, Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Conductor: Michael Schonwandt
  • Composer: Léo Delibes, Sergey Rachmaninov, Alexander Alabiev, Johann Strauss
  • Audio CD (4 May 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000006OGC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vocalise, Op.43/No.4
2. Salavieï (Le Rossignol), mélodie populaire russe (cadence: Aglaja Orgeni)
3. Le Rossignol Et La Rose, D'après Une Légende Persane (Extr. De "Parysatis")
4. Les Filles De Cadix, Chanson Espagnole
5. Vocalise En Forme De Habanera
6. La Maja Y El Ruisenor (Extr. De "Goyescas")
7. "Deh Torna Mio Bene", Aria E Variazioni Op.164
8. Villanelle : J'ai Vu Passer L'hirondelle
9. Concerto Pour Soprano Colorature & Orchestre En Fa Mineur/in F Minor/f-Moll Op.82 : I Andante
10. Concerto Pour Soprano Colorature & Orchestre En Fa Mineur/in F Minor/f-Moll Op.82 : II Allegro
11. Frühlingsstimmen, 'Voices of Spring' Op. 410

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug 2000
Format: Audio CD
To my mind, Natalie Dessay, is one of the greatest soprano of our times. This recording is far ahead of what she has done before. She is able to transmit so many emotions, without saying a word (Songs). The whole CD is full of passion and vitality, as well as tenderness and sweetness. She is the only one soprano I have ever heard able to master her voice at this level
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Oh this record will be something special in your record collection . Very good . I liked a lot.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
coloratura perfection 27 Aug 2001
By "puccinigirl" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of coloratura pieces. Dessay is tremendous technically, and, though the voice can be a bit thin at times, she is absolutely stunning in this repertoire. As a coloratura-in-training, I am listen in awe as Dessay fools her audience into thinking this is simple stuff! While it may seem to be on the verge of heresey, I much prefer Dessay to Joan Sutherland (though she is indeed La Stupenda) and even enjoy listening to her over Sills. The reviews which comment on Dessay seeming to have a less-than solid sound and comparing her to Fleming may be forgetting that this type of literature cannot afford to sound weighty, nor can the voice perform optimally with a weight up in the rafters! Though I think Fleming is a fine singer, I personally prefer listening to Dessay, and I certainly learn more from the experience. This is an incredible album and a true accomplishment. Also, if Dessay is your cup of tea, check out the recording of Lakme with Dessay in the title role-wow!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant 18 April 2000
By M. Tietjen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a student at the music school which Renée Fleming attended and is worshipped, one would think that I would agree with the reviewer who compared Natalie Dessay unfavorably to her. But I've never really liked Renée Fleming; she's very good, yes, but her voice isn't distinctive enough for me to call her a "great" soprano, lyric or otherwise. Dessay's performances of these relatively unknown selections are flawless, with the possible exception of Rachmaninov's Vocalise, which is more for a lyric soprano. True, Dessay's ultra-thin tone can be piercing, but it's worth it to hear intelligent interpretations of songs that I haven't heard eight million times before. And her coloratura technique has got to be among the best in the world today.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Resplendent 10 Dec 1999
By LJW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
French soprano Natalie Dessay sings a beautiful program of coloratura gems. One critic has dubbed her the "thinking man's" coloratura soprano. The voice is pure and agile with a transluscent quality about it. Flirtatious and sensual in "Les filles de cadix" and dulcet in "J'ai vu passer l'hirondelle," Dessay is a fine interpreter. She uses her voice like an instrument in the actual vocalise selections, coloring her lines tastefully and elegantly.
One reviewer attested to the supremacy of Renee Fleming. They are both wonderful sopranos with very different voices. Fleming is a full lyric soprano and Dessay is a coloratura soprano. I wouldn't want to be without either of them.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not a review on the cd itself.... 28 April 2006
By Pheebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I will start by saying that just from listening to the excerpts, Ms. Dessay has a wonderful tone quality and great control...she does make what is actually very difficult sound very easy! But basically this is a note to the reviewer who compared her to Rennee Fleming...Fleming is a Lyric Soprano, a type of soprano that has a warmer richer tone, while Dessay is a Colloratura Soprano, which is higher and clearer (and who tend to do the "vocal gymnastics")...so really its not very fair to compare two exceptional singers when they are in different vocal categories because they have completely different tone qualities...it just depends on your personal preference.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and Excellent CD 6 Jun 2007
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an intriguing CD, featuring Natalie Dessay at her best. One plus: the booklet coming with the CD includes the words of the different works (at least those that have words to them). It's a somewhat different set of works than her other CDs featuring standard selections of arias.

The very first cut sets the tone for the whole CD: Rachmaninov's "Vocalise." No words--the soprano's voice is itself another orchestral instrument in effect. Dessay displays an absolutely ravishing vocal line, to my ears. Very nice high notes at the end, cleanly sung.

Delibes' "Les filles de Cadix." The words of the song feature much flirtation. Dessay's voice shows great agility in this piece. The work features a wide range of notes, from lower to highest; Dessay essays the range well. There is a decent (but not great) trill midway through. There is a very high note at the end (a bit harsh maybe, but well done nonetheless) that kind of gets one's heart pumping.

Gliere's "Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra" (the allegro) is another work where the voice is used as just another instrument. But what a nice instrument is Dessay's voice! She demonstrates nice staccato notes--and there are lots of these in this work! She displays excellent coloratura technique, and hits a series of staccato high notes at the end with a very well done final high note.

Finally, Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "Voices of Spring" ("Fruhlingsstimmen-Walzer" in German). This is a stirring version with a close that leaves the listener gasping for breath (a bit of hyperbole, maybe, but my spine was tingling at the close--and that's not hyperbole). This work is replete with ornamentation--staccato notes, trills, other vocal effects, and high notes. There is an absolutely stunning high note--way above high C to close this cut out.

This is Dessay near the top of her game. It is an interesting departure from the standard repertoire, and the listener will be richly rewarded for purchasing and listening to this CD.
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