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Label: Alpha

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Alfred Bruneau (1875-1934):
  • 1Geneviève: Seigneur! Est-ce bien moi que avez choise?06:28
  • César Franck (1822-1890):
  • 2Les béatitudes, M. 53: No. 8b, Moi, du Sauveur, je suis la mère03:19
  • Louis Niedermeyer (1802-1861):
  • 3Stradella: Ah! Quel songe affreux!03:55
  • Benjamin Godard (1849-1895):
  • 4Les Guelfes, Op. 70: Là-bas, vers le palais08:11
  • Félicien David (1810-1876):
  • 5Lalla Roukh: Sous le feuillage sombre02:59
  • Henry Février (1875-1957):
  • 6Gismonda: Dit-elle vrai?04:45
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921):
  • 7Étienne Marcel: Ah! Laissez-moi, ma mère!05:03
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912):
  • 8La vierge: Le dernier sommeil de la vierge02:54
  • 9La vierge: Extase de la vierge "Rêve infini! Divine extase!"05:02
  • Fromental Halévy (1799-1862):
  • 10La magicienne: Ce sentier nous conduit vers le couvent voisin05:35
  • Georges Bizet (1838-1875):
  • 11Clovis et Clothilde, WD 121: Prière, ô souffle de l'ange!02:16
  • César Franck (1822-1890):
  • 12Redemption, Op. 22, M. 52: Le flot se lève03:17
  • Total Runtime53:44

Info for Visions

After an album of French songs (Néère, Alpha 215) that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s.

She pays tribute here to a number of composers whose unknown operas she was the first to reveal in projects mounted by the Palazzetto Bru Zane (which also coproduced the present recording), including David, Godard, Saint-Saëns and Halévy. The programme selects arias from all the genres in vogue in the Romantic era: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, Février), opéra-comique (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the cantata for the Prix de Rome (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser – in its French translation of the 1860s – completes this programme conducted by a longstanding colleague of the soprano, one of the leading specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet.

Veronique Gens, soprano
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Herve Niquet, conductor

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