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Véronique Gens - Tragédiennes [CD]

Véronique Gens Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000BU99CO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Armide: Acte II, scène 5 - Monologue d'Armide: Enfin il est en ma puissanceVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Armide: OvertureVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Armide: Acte III, scène3 - Air d'Armide: Venez, venez, Haine implacableVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Armide: PassacailleVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Le Carnival de Venise: Acte III, scène 5 - Air d'Isabelle: Mes yeux, fermez-vous à jamaisVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hippolyte et Aricie: Prélude de l'Acte IIIVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 1:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hippolyte et Aricie: Acte III, scène 1 - Air de Phèdre: Cruelle mère des amoursVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hippolyte et Aricie: ChaconneVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Castor et Pollux: Acte I, scène 3 - Air de Télaïre: Tristes apprêtsVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Castor et Pollux: ChaconneVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Les Fêtes de Polymnie: Troisième entrée (La Féerie), scène 5 - Air d'Argélie: Que ses regrets m'ont attendrieVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Isbé: Acte I, scène 1 - Monologue d'Isbé: Désirs toujours détruitsVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Scylla et Glaucus: OuvertureVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Scylla et Glaucus: Acte IV, scène 4 - Récit et invocation de Circé: Et toi, dont les embrasements...Noires divinitésVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Scylla et Glaucus: Acte IV, scène 5 - Premier Air des démonsVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Scylla et Glaucus: Acte IV, scène 5 - Air de Circé: Brilliante fille de LatoneVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset0:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Scylla et Glaucus: Deuxième Air dea démonsVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Le Pouvoir de l'Amour: Acte III, scène 3 - Air de Zélide: L'objet qui règne dans mon âmeVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Zaïde, reine de Grenade: Acte III, scène 3 - Air de Zaïde: Dieu des amants fidèlesVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Iphigénie et Aulide: Acte III, scène 6 - Récitatif et Air de Clytemnestre: Dieux puissants que j'atteste...Jupiter, lance la foudreVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Armide: Acte II, scène 5 - Monologue d'Armide: Enfin, il est en ma puissanceVéronique Gens/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 


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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veronique Gens 2 May 2009
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Once again this recording is so fantastic that I played this '' at least daily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent singing of music unfamiliar to many of us 19 Jan 2008
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a most intriguing CD. I, for one, am not much familiar with operatic work before the later 18th century. On this CD, soprano Veronique Gens does a very nice turn indeed, singing works from Jean-Baptiste Lully to Christoph Willibald Gluck. The "liner notes" place the music on this CD very nicely into historical context (other composers represented on this CD include Andre Campra, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Pancrace Royer). I am familiar with only a handful of these, so this is a venture into "terra incognita."

A note on the orchestra is needed, too. They play extremely well (Les Talons Lyriques, conducted by Christoph Rousset). The Overture to Rameau's Prelude to Act III of "Hippolyte et Aricie" exemplifies their art. It is really well played and spirited. This orchestra itself makes this a worthwhile CD.

A few examples of Gens' singing:

Lully, "Armide," Act II, Scene 5 (1686). She shows a strong, rich voice here. She attacks the work with aplomb. There are some mildly annoying affectations (e.g., little catches or gasps for effect here and there), but not problematic.

Rameau, "Hippolyte et Aricie," Act III, Scene 1 (1733). Again, smoothly sung. Her voice, again, is quite lush.

Gluck, "Armide," Act II, Scene 5 (1777). The lyrics are exactly the same as the Lully cut that I looked at previously. That makes a comparison of these two pieces irresistible! Gens sings this well, too. What is especially interesting to me is the wildly distinct vocal styles, as between Lully's and Gluck's compositions! Lully is obviously writing in an entirely different style. Gluck is Mozartean in his musical style. So, the comparison of styles is most educational to me.

I really enjoyed this CD. I did find some sameness in Gens' singing across the different pieces here, but that does not distract much from the overall quality of this CD. For those interested in earlier styles of vocal music, this will be a nice product to listen to.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Performance 26 Nov 2006
By Robert M. Zilli - Published on Amazon.com
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My first foray into French Baroque and its a bullseye. The selections are all top rate (though many quite rare and seldom performed). Veronique Gens is perhaps the finest living soprano and this recording is a perfect 5 stars. I can't more highly endorse this. There is truly not a glitch to be reckoned with. In over 40 years of listenng to all kinds of music, this is one of the best albums I have ever heard
5.0 out of 5 stars One to buy 3 April 2013
By Douglas G. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Veronique Gens brings a lovely voice to these works of several composers on this CD, and created what is one of my new favorite discs!
5.0 out of 5 stars Swept Away By Veronique Gens! 29 Mar 2013
By Louise - Published on Amazon.com
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Veronique Gens sings like a French songbird. Her style and beautiful soprano voice is delightful. Tragediennes is a selection of French Baroque music composed by Lully, Campra, Rameau, Mondonville, Leclair, Royer and Gluck. Tragediennes means Tragic Heroines. Women's voices were banned from church and excluded from the cathedral in the 17th century. Women were however able to sing in fashionable salons and the royal court. The beginning of the eighteenth century singers like MIIe Chappe and Marguerite-Louis Couperin were able to take a step forward into substituting the male voice(boy trebles, male soprano's, or castrati) French opera was enriched by contacts with the Germans and of course the Italians. French opera began at the court of Louis XIV with Jean-Baptiste Lully's Cadmus et Hermione(1673) Lully's successor was Rameau. After Rameau the German Gluck was persuaded to produce six operas for the Parisian stage in the 1770's By the 1820's Gluckian influence in France opened doors for Rossini. This TREASURE of French opera from the French Baroque/Classical period gives us a taste of the tragic heroine. Beautiful, breathtaking and swept away Veronique Gens sings with liquid perfection.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man That woman really can sing 30 Oct 2006
By J. Leung - Published on Amazon.com
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If you really into French Baroque That is.......
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