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Berlioz: Les Nuits d été, Mélodies

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  • Orchestra: Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Héctor Berlioz, Gilles Cachemaille
  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ERATO
  • ASIN: B000088DT1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Berlioz : Le jeune pâtre breton Op.13 No.4
  2. Berlioz : La captive Op.12
  3. Berlioz : Le chasseur danois Op.19 No.6
  4. Berlioz : Zaïde Op.19 No.1
  5. Berlioz : 9 Mélodies Op.2 : IV La belle voyageuse
  6. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : I Villanelle
  7. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : II Le spectre de la rose
  8. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : III Sur les lagunes
  9. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : IV Absence
  10. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : V Au cimetière
  11. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : VI L'île inconnue
  12. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : VII Aubade
  13. Berlioz : Les nuits d'été Op.7 : VIII La mort d'Ophélie

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APEX 092749583; APEX WARNER CLASSIC; Classica vocale profana

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By Arnar on 17 Mar. 2013
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I am not going to write an erudite article about the technicalities of the performances here. All you need to know is that this recording of Les Nuits d'été is equally good as the famous recording by Régine Crespin. The difference is that here the individual songs are performed by different singers just as the composer intended. Moreover, as an added bonus, the other songs on this disc by Berlioz are just as good as Les Nuits d'été (at least some of them).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Recording of Berlioz Songs - Top Pick! 24 Sept. 2007
By Nicholas A. Deutsch - Published on Amazon.com
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This is quite simply one of the most beautiful recordings of Berlioz's much-recorded song cycle "Summer Nights" ever made. It has the additional attraction of assigning the six songs to different voices, as the composer intended, thus avoiding the transpositions which a single singer inevitably needs to make. And this is by far the most successful of the three multiple-voice versions I know (Colin Davis and Pierre Boulez conduct the others). Here two of the numbers are sung by tenor Howard Crook, one by baritone Gilles Cachemaille, and the remaining three by mezzos, the higher-voiced Diana Montague (two songs) and the lower-voiced Catherine Robbin (one). All of them give exceptional performances, and Gardiner and the Lyon Opera Orchestra provide ideal accompaniment. Overall, there's a great sense of directness and sheer songfulness in this performance: lots of artistry and not a whiff of self-conscious artiness. I would definitely rank this among the top choices, alongside such classic single-voice versions as Regine Crespin's.
Flanking the cycle are seven other Berlioz songs-with-orchestra, all charming and stylishly done - soprano Brigitte Fournier is brought in for a delightful "Zaide." Texts and tranlations (not quite complete: the last two verses of "Aubade" are missing); excellent note by David Cairns (uncredited); Montague's Christian name is given wrongly as "Diane"; and the back cover listing erroneously implies that the last two songs are part of the cycle. My only real reservation, however, is that many of the tracks follow awfully closely on the preceding one; this is especially abrupt at the start and end of "Summer Nights." Is this poor editing, or an attempt to turn the whole CD into a "concept album" (a la "Sgt. Pepper")? A minor blemish on a terrific disc. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! 2 July 2009
By Samuel Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own several versions of Les Nuits d'Ete: the Crespin among them. That version is still the best, but this version with various soloists led by John Eliot Gardiner is the next best I've heard. All the soloists sing with French suavity---and thankfully there's no heaviness in any of their voices. JEG leads his orchestra in superb accompaniment.

As good as Les Nuits though are the stand-alone songs. I would venture to say "La Belle Voyageuse" is as original as any of the Summer Nights songs. How could anyone resist those lulling waves of the sea, with Diana Montague's gorgeuous voice atop?
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