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Offenbach Colorature | Alpha ALPHA437

Offenbach Colorature

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA437

Barcode: 3760014194375

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 8th February 2019

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Works

Offenbach, Jacques

Boule de neige
» Allons! Couche
» Je suis du pays vermeil
» Souvenance
Fantasio
» Cachons l'ennui de mon ame
» Voila toute la ville en fete
Le Roi Carotte
» Le voila... C'est bien lui
Le Voyage dans la Lune
» Je suis nerveuse, je suis fievreuse
Les Bavards
» Ce sont d'etranges personnages
Les Bergers
» Overture
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
» Les oiseaux dans la charmille
Mesdames de la Halle
» Quel bruit et quel tapage
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)
» La mort m'apparait souriante
Robinson Crusoe
» Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore
Un Mari a la porte (A Husband at the Door)
» J'entends, ma belle
Vert-Vert
» Les plus beaux verts sont toujours fades

Artists

Jodie Devos (soprano)
Adele Charvet (mezzo-soprano)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Laurent Campellone

Works

Offenbach, Jacques

Boule de neige
» Allons! Couche
» Je suis du pays vermeil
» Souvenance
Fantasio
» Cachons l'ennui de mon ame
» Voila toute la ville en fete
Le Roi Carotte
» Le voila... C'est bien lui
Le Voyage dans la Lune
» Je suis nerveuse, je suis fievreuse
Les Bavards
» Ce sont d'etranges personnages
Les Bergers
» Overture
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
» Les oiseaux dans la charmille
Mesdames de la Halle
» Quel bruit et quel tapage
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)
» La mort m'apparait souriante
Robinson Crusoe
» Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore
Un Mari a la porte (A Husband at the Door)
» J'entends, ma belle
Vert-Vert
» Les plus beaux verts sont toujours fades

Artists

Jodie Devos (soprano)
Adele Charvet (mezzo-soprano)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Laurent Campellone

About

Soprano Jodie Devos, who has signed with Alpha for several recordings, here pays homage to Offenbach, the bicentenary of whose birth is celebrated in 2019. This programme shows Offenbach’s fascination with the vocal fireworks of coloratura divas. This kind of ‘lyric coloratura’ or ‘soprano leggero’ voice runs like a thread through most of the composer’s oeuvre, from his first pieces for two or three soloists to those grand frescoes of his maturity, La Vie parisienne, Robinson Crusoé, and Orphée aux Enfers. The coloratura soprano also adorns Offenbach’s less frivolous operettas (such as Fantasio), as well as his only serious opera – Les Contes d’Hoffmann – in which the role of the doll (with only one aria, but what an aria!) is among the most famous in the entire French repertoire. Concocted collaboratively with Alexandre Dratwicki and the Palazzetto Bru Zane, this recorded programme – tailor-made for Jodie Devos – presents innumerable rarities from Mesdames de la Halle, Boule-de-Neige,Un mari à la porte, Le Roi Carotte, Le Voyage dans la lune, and Vert-Vert. In the famous Barcarolle ‘Belle nuit, Ô nuit d'amour’, she is joined by up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Adèle Charvet.

Reviews

The main thing to say about [Jodie] Devos – and her thoroughly idiomatic partner-in-frolic, Laurent Campellone – is that she (and this is a huge compliment) delivers all that is required of her, and more, with the apparent ease of one who knows how important it is to conceal the difficulty. The real kicker with this album is the way in which number after number springs its surprises. The vocal pyrotechnics are artfully designed to make one’s jaw hit the floor.  Edward Seckerson
Gramophone March 2019

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