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Poulenc: Dialogue des Carmelites [Box set]

Francis Poulenc Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004LP15NQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Où est Blanche?
2. Les soldats surviennent à temps
3. Blanche, votre frère aviat grand'hâte de vous revoir
4. Son imagination va toujours d'un extrême à l'autre
5. Je vois qu'il n'y a heuresement rien de grave
6. Mon enfant chérie
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Que se passe-t'il?
2. Prélude
3. Pourquoi vous tenez-vous ainsi?
4. Dans des temps comme ceux-ci
5. Oh! ne me quittez pas sur un adieu de fâcherie!
6. Remettez-vous, Soeur Blanche
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Disc: 3
1. Dialogues des Carmélites : Libretto (Remasterisé en 2004)
2. Dialogues des Carmélites : Synopsis (Remasterisé en 2004)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one-off opera in a classic recording 16 May 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Having resisted this opera for many years, I was persuaded by fellow reviewer Nancy Eckert to sample its charms and I took the plunge, opting for the obvious choice of this classic 1958 mono recording, newly re-issued with a third CD-ROM offering a synopsis and a libretto with English translation. It's certainly more approachable than many a contemporary work even if the ragbag style at times seems a little fractured and fragmented; it nearly did for Poulenc who by and large is not a composer whose music I much relish - but this is a very different, being a highly taut, dramatic work based on historical events and far removed from the wispier, more flippant style for which Poulenc is better known. I read Georges Bernanos' "Journal d'un curé de campagne" as a teenager during A level French and am struck by the directness and economy of his words here.

The mono sound is really very good for so venerable a recording which should have been in stereo given when it was made; a bit dry and boxy but somehow that's apt for the era in which it was written and first performed. However, EMI wrongly label it as stereo and it's not. Its advantages are obvious: a totally idiomatic French cast singing with pellucid diction and a real sense of French style whereby a somewhat nasal vocal production seems wholly apt. The conducting is fluid and flexible, and even if the orchestra is a bit distant that allows due prominence to the voices. There are some striking singers here, not least the strong Prieure of Denise Scharley which contrasts so effectively with the fragile, almost tremulous Blanche of Denise Duval and the celebrated Rita Gorr as Mère Marie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE OPERA BUT THIS CD ? 10 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
THE RECENT PRODUCTION UNDER SIMON RATTLE WAS A PULL ALL THE STOPS OUT PERFORMANCE. THIS 1958 RECORDING IS V RESERVED IN COLOUR AND THE SOUND IS POOR AND IN MONO.NEVERTHELESS THIS IS THE RECORDING MOST PEOPLE OF A CERTAIN GENERATION KNOW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one-off opera in a classic recording 16 May 2013
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Having resisted this opera for many years, I was persuaded by fellow reviewer Nancy Eckert to sample its charms and I took the plunge, opting for the obvious choice of this classic 1958 mono recording, newly re-issued with a third CD-ROM offering a synopsis and a libretto with English translation. It's certainly more approachable than many a contemporary work even if the ragbag style at times seems a little fractured and fragmented; it nearly did for Poulenc who by and large is not a composer whose music I much relish - but this is a very different, being a highly taut, dramatic work based on historical events and far removed from the wispier, more flippant style for which Poulenc is better known. I read Georges Bernanos' "Journal d'un curé de campagne" as a teenager during A level French and am struck by the directness and economy of his words here.

The mono sound is really very good for so venerable a recording which should have been in stereo given when it was made; a bit dry and boxy but somehow that's apt for the era in which it was written and first performed. However, EMI wrongly label it as stereo and it's not. Its advantages are obvious: a totally idiomatic French cast singing with pellucid diction and a real sense of French style whereby a somewhat nasal vocal production seems wholly apt. The conducting is fluid and flexible, and even if the orchestra is a bit distant that allows due prominence to the voices. There are some striking singers here, not least the strong Prieure of Denise Scharley which contrasts so effectively with the fragile, almost tremulous Blanche of Denise Duval and the celebrated Rita Gorr as Mère Marie. As ever, I am bemused by her fans' adulation of Crespin's rather acidulous soprano; here at only 31 years old her voice already has a worn and harsh quality but she is certainly a committed vocal actress and brings La nouvelle Prieure vividly to life.

The final "Salve Regina" guillotine scene provides a fitting and famous climax, something of a coup de théâtre with that regular, chilling thump replicating the fall of the guillotine blade. Ultimately Poulenc's idiom is not one which I prize but it's hard to imagine a more convincing advocacy of the opera than this classic recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 July 2013
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Great sound - i can understand every word; and thrilling performance, highly recommended, definitely worth purchasing, you will love it
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