Meyerbeer: Grand Opera

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Meyerbeer: Grand Opera

Label:

Erato

Catalogue No:

9029584901

Discs:

1

Release date:

5th May 2017

Barcode:

0190295849016

Length:

81 minutes

Medium:

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Meyerbeer: Grand Opera

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Meyerbeer:

Mon coeur s'elance et palpite (from Le Prophète)

Robert, toi que j'aime (from Robert le Diable)

Nur in der Damm'rung Stille (from Alimelek, oder die beiden Kalifen)

C'est bien l'air que chaque matin (from L'Etoile du Nord)

La-bas, sous l'arbre noir Fleurs nouvelles (from L'Africaine)

O solinghi recessi...D'una madre disperata (from Il Crociato in Egitto)

Dieu! Comme cette nuit est lente...Ombre légère (from Dinorah)

Oh Schwester, find' ich dich!... Lebe wohl, geliebte Schwester (from Ein Feldlager in Schlesien)

Sulla rupe triste, sola... Ah questo bacio (from Emma di Resburgo)

O beau pays de la Touraine (from Les Huguenots)

Anna, qu'entends-je ? Adieu, mon doux rivage (from L'Africaine)


Diana Damrau (soprano)

Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Emmanuel Villaume

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Giacomo Meyerbeer, the master of Parisian grand opéra, was hugely successful in his time and a major influence on Verdi and Wagner. His music has fascinated Diana Damrau since her student days. With her brilliant coloratura, lyricism and dramatic power, the soprano rises triumphantly to the vocal and expressive challenges of arias from 10 of his operas, singing in French, Italian and German. Two of the arias receive their world premiere recording with this album. The idea of a Meyerbeer album has been close to Diana Damrau’s heart since she first recorded for Erato back in 2006. She became fascinated by the composer’s music as a student in Würzburg, when she was invited to perform his cantata Gli amori di Teolinda. “I immersed myself in Meyerbeer’s world,” she explains, “and was excited by his multifaceted writing for the voice, by his orchestral colours, his theatrical instincts, the powerful and varied way in which he expresses emotion, his splendid melodies and, last but not least, his ability to capture precisely the right ‘national style’. If you compare his Italian, German and French works, it is like listening to three different composers.”

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le Prophète, Act 1: "Mon coeur s'élance et palpite" (Berthe)

Le Prophète, Act 1: "Mon coeur s'élance et palpite" (Berthe)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Robert, toi que j'aime" (Isabelle, Robert)

Robert le Diable, Act 4: "Robert, toi que j'aime" (Isabelle, Robert)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Alimelek, oder die beiden Kalifen, Act 1: "Nur in der Dämm'rung Stille" (Irene)

Alimelek, oder die beiden Kalifen, Act 1: "Nur in der Dämm'rung Stille" (Irene)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Étoile du Nord, Act 3: "Ah, mon Dieu !... C'est bien l'air que chaque matin" (Catherine, Chorus)

L'Étoile du Nord, Act 3: "Ah, mon Dieu !... C'est bien l'air que chaque matin" (Catherine, Chorus)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine, Act 5: "Là-bas, sous l'arbre noir... Fleurs nouvelles" (Inès)

L'Africaine, Act 5: "Là-bas, sous l'arbre noir... Fleurs nouvelles" (Inès)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto, Act 2: "D'una madre disperata... Con qual gioia" (Palmide, Aladino, Chorus)

Il Crociato in Egitto, Act 2: "D'una madre disperata... Con qual gioia" (Palmide, Aladino, Chorus)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le Pardon de Ploërmel, Act 2: "Comme cette nuit est lente à se dissiper !... Ombre légère" (Dinorah)

Le Pardon de Ploërmel, Act 2: "Comme cette nuit est lente à se dissiper !... Ombre légère" (Dinorah)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Ein Feldlager in Schlesien, Act 3 : "Oh Schwester, find' ich dich!... Lebe wohl, geliebte Schwester" (Therese, Vielka)

Ein Feldlager in Schlesien, Act 3 : "Oh Schwester, find' ich dich!... Lebe wohl, geliebte Schwester" (Therese, Vielka)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Emma di Resburgo, Act 1: "Sulla rupe triste, sola... Ah questo bacio" (Emma, Chorus)

Emma di Resburgo, Act 1: "Sulla rupe triste, sola... Ah questo bacio" (Emma, Chorus)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots, Act 2: "Ô beau pays de la Touraine" (Marguerite, Urbain, Coryphée, Dame d'honneur, Chorus)

Les Huguenots, Act 2: "Ô beau pays de la Touraine" (Marguerite, Urbain, Coryphée, Dame d'honneur, Chorus)

Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine, Act 1: "Anna, qu'entends-je ?... Adieu, mon doux rivage" (Inès, Anna)

L'Africaine, Act 1: "Anna, qu'entends-je ?... Adieu, mon doux rivage" (Inès, Anna)

Gramophone Magazine

May 2017

“We run the gamut from charming simplicity in the German works, Rossinian fireworks in the Italian ones to, well, Meyerbeerian fireworks in the French…perky coloratura, dispatched with cool aplomb by Damrau, is a standard device…there’s still plenty of originality, though…[and] the soprano’s technique remains unruffled regardless of what challenges are thrown her way…the Lyon Opera forces under Emmanuel Villaume offer fluent, lively support”

Financial Times

12th May 2017

***

“The surprise of this disc is how much more than “grand opera” Meyerbeer actually has to offer...[Damrau] is adept at portraying a variety of characters and the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon under Emmanuel Villaume offers stylish support”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2017

****

“Diana Damrau tackles with pretty consistent success all the vocal difficulties Meyerbeer threw at his heroines - and some of his mature works were written for the leading singers of the day. She's assisted by singers taking on the small interjections from secondary characters, and well supported by the fine Lyon orchestra under the skilful baton of Emmanuel Villaume.”

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