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Julien Behr: Confidence

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA401

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st September 2018

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

La Jolie Fille de Perth
» Partout des cris de joie... A la voix d'un amant fidèle

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Habanera

Delibes, Leo

Jean de Nivelle
» J'ai vu la banniere de France!
Lakme
» Prendre le dessin d'un bijou ...Fantaisie aux divins (Act 1)

Duparc, Henri

Aux etoiles

Godard, Benjamin

Jocelyn, op.100
» Berceuse

Gounod, Charles

Cinq Mars
» A vous, ma mere... o chere et vivante image

Holmes, Augusta

Ludus pro patria
» La nuit et l'amour

Joncieres, Victorin

Le chevalier Jean
» Parlons de moi, le voulez vous? ... Oui j'aime, hélas!

Lehar, Franz

La Veuve Joyeuse
» Viens dans ce joli pavillon
Le Pays du Sourire
» Je t'ai donne mon coeur

Messager, Andre

Fortunio
» J'aimais la vieille maison grise

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naive

Trenet, Charles

Vous, qui passez sans me voir

Artists

Julien Behr (tenor)
Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon

Conductor

Pierre Bleuse

Works

Bizet, Georges

La Jolie Fille de Perth
» Partout des cris de joie... A la voix d'un amant fidèle

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Habanera

Delibes, Leo

Jean de Nivelle
» J'ai vu la banniere de France!
Lakme
» Prendre le dessin d'un bijou ...Fantaisie aux divins (Act 1)

Duparc, Henri

Aux etoiles

Godard, Benjamin

Jocelyn, op.100
» Berceuse

Gounod, Charles

Cinq Mars
» A vous, ma mere... o chere et vivante image

Holmes, Augusta

Ludus pro patria
» La nuit et l'amour

Joncieres, Victorin

Le chevalier Jean
» Parlons de moi, le voulez vous? ... Oui j'aime, hélas!

Lehar, Franz

La Veuve Joyeuse
» Viens dans ce joli pavillon
Le Pays du Sourire
» Je t'ai donne mon coeur

Messager, Andre

Fortunio
» J'aimais la vieille maison grise

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naive

Trenet, Charles

Vous, qui passez sans me voir

Artists

Julien Behr (tenor)
Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon

Conductor

Pierre Bleuse

About

The French tenor Julien Behr is one of today’s rising vocal stars. Voted ‘Révélation artiste lyrique de l’Adami’ in 2009, the year he made his international debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, he has become famous for his Mozart roles (including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, recorded live at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in 2016 under the direction of Jérémie Rhorer, Alpha379).

It is the French Romantic repertory composed between 1800 and 1900 that the tenor has chosen for his first recital disc. A wide variety of works (both grand opéra and opéra-comique), famous arias and absolute rarities make up this programme devised by the Palazzetto Bru Zane and Alexandre Dratwicki, who writes in the booklet that accompanies the CD: ‘Nothing is more difficult for a tenor than “finding his voice” in this imbroglio of genres and institutions... Already much admired for his charismatic vocal style and personality, the tenor Julien Behr is now the hero of a recital that revisits this repertory in all its variety, ranging from tenderness to heroism, from joy to melancholy.’

The programme takes in Ambroise Thomas (Mignon, after Goethe), Bizet and his famous La Jolie Fille de Perth, Cinq-Mars (1877) by Gounod, Benjamin Godard (Jocelyn), André Messager and his splendid Fortunio (1907), Delibes (Jean de Nivelle and Lakmé, with Gérald’s celebrated aria) and Le Chevalier Jean (1885) by Victorin Joncières (one of the first Wagnerians) among others. French versions of two extremely well-known numbers by Franz Lehár from The Merry Widow and The Land of Smiles – the title track ‘Je t’ai donné mon coeur’ (‘You are my heart’s delight’) – complete this panorama magnificently supported by the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon and conducted by another rising star, Pierre Bleuse.

Reviews

Lesser-known French Romantic repertoire is brought to shimmering light thanks to Behr's honeyed vocals and the luxuriant accompaniment...
BBC Music Magazine January 2019
This young Frenchman’s recital of opéra-comique rarities is exquisitely delivered. The best known are by Lehar – You Are My Heart’s Delight and Camille’s Pavilion number from The Merry Widow. Behr’s lyric-romantic tenor is made for Gérald’s Cavatine from Delibes’s Lakmé or Wilhelm’s Romance from Thomas’s Mignon, but his vocal pliancy, ringing top notes and flawless diction are best heard in the lovely Berceuse from Benjamin Godard’s opérette JocelynHugh Canning
The Sunday Times 18 November 2018

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