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Poulenc: The Carmelites [Double CD]

Francis Poulenc Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos Opera in English Series
  • ASIN: B000HC2OKK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Where is Blanche? (Chevalier de la Force, Marquis de la Force)Ashley Holland 7:23£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Blanche, your poor brother was so very impatient for your return (Marquis, Blanche de la Force, Chevalier)Ashley Holland 3:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Her poor imagination always flies from one (Marquis, Chevalier, Blanche, Thierry)Ashley Holland 1:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Dear father, there is no incident so small of unimportant (Blanche, Marquis)Ashley Holland 4:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: PreludeAshley Holland 1:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: Do not believe this comfortable chair (Madame de Croissy, Blanche)Ashley Holland 3:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: What has driven you here? (Prioress, Blanche)Ashley Holland 1:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: My daughter, the outside world often questions (Prioress, Blanche)Ashley Holland 5:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: PreludeAshley Holland 2:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: Oh no, not more beans! (Constance, Blanche)Ashley Holland 7:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 4: PreludeAshley Holland 2:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 4: Would you be so kind as to raise my pillow? (Prioress, Mother Marie of the Incarnation)Ashley Holland 8:21Album Only
Listen13. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 4: You may get up, my child (Prioress, Blanche, Monsieur Javelinot)Ashley Holland 5:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 4: Monsieur Javelinot, you must know it's customary in all our Houses (Prioress, Mother Marie)Ashley Holland 3:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 4: Please inform your sisters they will have no chance to see the Reverend (Mother Marie, Prioress)Ashley Holland 3:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Qui Lazarum resuscitasti a monumento foetidum (Constance, Blanche)Ashley Holland 2:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: What are you doing? (Mother Marie, Blanche)Ashley Holland 2:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Interlude: Dear Sister, I'm afraid that our cross is just a bit too big (Constance, Blanche)Ashley Holland 3:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: My dear daughters, I don't need to remind you (Madame Lidoine, Mother Marie)Ashley Holland 5:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: Ave Maria (Mother Marie, Carmelites, Prioress)Ashley Holland 1:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: Interlude: What is going on? (Prioress, Constance, Mother Marie)Ashley Holland 2:10£0.59  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 3: PreludeAshley Holland 1:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 3: Blanche, why do you behave like this? (Chevalier, Blanche)Ashley Holland 7:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 3: Compose yourself, Sister Blanche (Mother Marie, Blanche)Ashley Holland 1:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 4: My faithful daughters, I know that some among you already have heard (Chaplain, Carmelites)Ashley Holland 3:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 4: But what will become of you? (Blanche, Chaplain, Sister Mathilde, Constance, Mother Marie, Prioress)Ashley Holland 2:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 4: Someone is ringing the bell! (Constance, Sister Mathilde, Crowd, Chaplain, Carmelites)Ashley Holland 1:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 4: Open the door, open the door now! (Voice from the Crowd, Mother Marie, First Commissioner, Second Commissioner)Ashley Holland 4:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 4: My sisters, our Reverend Mother is coming (Mother Jeanne, Blanche, Crowd)Ashley Holland 1:59£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Father, speak to them (Mother Marie, Chaplain, Mother Jeane, Sister Mathilde)Ashley Holland 4:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: There is only one vote against (Mother Marie, Sister Mathilde, Constance, Chaplain)Ashley Holland 3:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Interlude: Fellow citizens, we congratulate you all (Officer)Ashley Holland 2:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Interlude: Sister Gerald, we have to warn the priest as soon as possible (Prioress, Mother Marie)Ashley Holland 1:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: PreludeAshley Holland 1:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: It's you! (Blanche, Mother Marie, A Woman's Voice)Ashley Holland 5:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 3: My daughters, we have almost come to the end of our first night in prison (Prioress, Mother Jeanne)Ashley Holland 4:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 3: And what of Sister Blanche? (Constance, Prioress, Sister Mathilde)Ashley Holland0:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 3: The Tribunal of the Revolution declares that the former sisters of the Order of Carmel (Gaoler)Ashley Holland 2:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 3: My daughters, I wanted to save you (Prioress)Ashley Holland 2:07£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 3: Interlude: It is done. The have been condemned (Chaplain, Mother Marie)Ashley Holland 1:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 4: PreludeAshley Holland 2:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Dialogues des Carmelites, FP 159 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 4: Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae (Prioress, Mother Jeanne, Sister Mathilde, Constance, Carmelites, Blanche)Ashley Holland 6:46£0.59  Buy MP3 


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama Set to Music! 6 Dec 2012
By BoskoG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This opera is a famous French play about fear and sacrifice by nuns in 1794 France. These themes would have been very relevant in 1957 because of the recent World War. Having an English language version is ideal if your French is not very good.

Sound quality 4
Storytelling 5 - this English version makes the story easier to understand. It also allows for a better appreciation of music and words combined.
Music making 5
Singing/voice acting - 4/4
Libretto 2 - English only. Let down by tiny font size. Latin is also in the text and this should have had an English translation.

This moving performance makes every word count. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ENO proves it works JUST FINE in English 17 Mar 2007
By R. Gregory Capaldini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When the Met did its first production of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites in 1977, there was only one recording of this opera available in the U.S., the one recorded during the composer's lifetime. Then came a video from Australia in the late '80s, a spiffy new CD set from the Lyon Opera in 1992, and with the composer's centennial in 1999 several other videos and soundtracks, including ones in German and the original Italian (for the La Scala premiere in 1957). It was Poulenc himself who wanted the opera to be sung in translation, and Chandos has honored his wish by committing to CD a fine production by the English National Opera. This succinctly-titled version uses a new libretto with numerous subtle revisions that make the text easier to sing, e.g., the safe house has been moved to "five, rue Saint-Denis" from number two, with this and other proper names pronounced in French. All this would be for naught if the singers weren't conscientious about diction, but they generally are. Besides Catrin Wyn-Davies as Blanche, kudos go to Ashley Holland as her father and Felicity Palmer as the Old Prioress. For once, though, it's Mother Marie who is most vividly projected; Josephine Barstow, a veteran Tosca and Salome, sings her as the kind of nun who runs inner-city Catholic schools like clockwork.

I'd give a medal to conductor Paul Daniel who paces the text very intelligently and draws from his players the most finely shaped and best-balanced orchestral accompaniment you'll ever find. He presumably is also responsible for cutting some well-meaning but expendable passages, notably the clunky instrumental tag after the Ave Maria in Act II (the Latin prayers get Poulenc's best music, interestingly) and the interlude and spoken street vignette preceding the jail scene in Act III. He also rigs a clever repeat to make the martyrdom vote proceed less hurriedly onstage, but in all cases the vocal parts are left intact. Roger Nicols, as always, provides excellent annotations, though I believe an over-zealous editor created inaccuracies by condensation: No, this isn't Poulenc's "only serious opera" - La voix humaine, with its suicidal heroine, is about as bleak as they come - and while Georges Brenanos didn't live to see his screenplay produced, a non-musical film adaptation was released in 1960 with Jeanne Moreau as Mother Marie. A cautionary note about this CD may be in order for the squeamish, since the noise of the guillotine in the last scene is gratingly realistic, with another brief but chilling effect best left unmentioned to preserve its shock value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sound recording. Great to understand dialogue 22 Oct 2006
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For some, Poulenc's study of religious persecution in the wake of the French Revolution remains one of the great affirmations of human dignity in the face of oppression. For others, it's a reactionary work, deeply suspect in its tacit, but forceful, equation of the Terror with the Nazi occupation of France. However you view it, its impact in performance can be formidable, though this new English language version, recorded in tandem with English National Opera's revival last year, pulls its punches somewhat variably.

It's conducted with implacable menace by Paul Daniel, and superbly played. The singing, however, is uneven. Catrin Wyn-Davies is an impressive Blanche, tellingly exposing the neuroses that lie behind the girl's spirituality, while Josephine Barstow is truly terrifying as the near-fundamentalist Mother Marie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poulenc: The Carmelites 4 Nov 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Poulenc: The Carmelites is a 2006 Chandos Records recording conducted by Paul Daniel who leads the English National Opera Orchestra. The sound of this opera has a distinct musical feel to it and the singing is opera light. Even so, the subject is not a light affair and deals with deep religious and moral questions. The booklet contains short biographies of the performers along with short biographies. It also contains well-written music notes and all the lyrics. Recommended. 4/5.
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