Gounod: La Colombe

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Gounod: La Colombe


Presto Disc of the Week

30th October 2015


Opera Rara

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30th Oct 2015




79 minutes


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Gounod: La Colombe

Erin Morley (Sylvie), Javier Camarena (Horace), Michèle Losier (Mazet), Laurent Naouri (Maître Jean)

Hallé Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder

CD - 2 discs


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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Following his award-winning recording of Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, Sir Mark Elder’s second Opera Rara release of 2015 features an rare recording Gounod’s delightful opera La Colombe ("The Dove”). Sir Mark and the Halle Orchestra are joined by a wonderful cast, led by two of the most acclaimed young singers in the world today.

Since graduating from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 2010, Erin Morley has risen to become one of today’s most most sought after coloratura sopranos. Alongside Erin is Mexican tenor Javier Camerena, one of only three singers in 70-years to sing an encore at the Metropolitan Opera during two consecutive performances of Rossini’s “la Cenerentola” (those two other encore singers were Juan Diego Florez and Luciano Pavarotti).

Charles Gounod: La Colombe


Sylvie, Sylvie! Venez-la ma mignonne!

Voila qui est fait

Qu'il garde son argent!

Voyons, seigneur, ecoutez un moment la raison

Les amoureux

Allons retrouver madame la comtesse

Je veux interroger ce jeune homme

Ah! Les femmes! Les femmes

Et ton maitre partage

O vision enchanteresse!

Bref, cher seigneur, je suis tout a fait ravie

O douce joie!


Le grand art de cuisine

Les fournisseurs refusent

Il faut d'abord dresser la table!

Me voila retombee dans une etrange reverie!

Que de reves charmants emportes sans retour!

Je vous cherche depuis une heure

Ces attraits que chacun admire

La deesse aujourd'hui se nomme Amynte

Mais non, quand nous aurons dine

Helas, seigneur, pardonnez-moi

Apaisez, blanche colombe

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

30th October 2015

“Michèle Losier is marvellous in the trouser-role of Mazet, Horace’s misogynistic servant: his/her manic tirade against womanly wiles is a real highlight, but she also has great rapport with Camarena’s high tenor...Laurent Naouri is all haughty Gallic flair as Sylvie’s epicurean majordomo...But the palm goes to the American coloratura soprano Erin Morley, who’s an absolute knock-out as the spoilt girl-about-town Sylvie.”

The Guardian

25th November 2015


“La Colombe is clearly not a profound work, but it is well filled with the kind of ingratiating tunes that Gounod could turn out so effectively. Elder’s performance has just the right light touch too, always keeping its tongue ever so slightly in its cheek...Modest though it is, a rarity like this couldn’t be served much better by a recording.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2016


“One hero of this admirable Opera Rara release is Mark Elder, utterly committed to Gounod's score and coaxing elegant music-making from the Hallé. There's also some properly idiomatic singing, as you'd expect from a veteran like Laurent Naouri…best of all is the young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Horace.”

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