JANINE MICHEAU / OPERATIC RECITAL

JANINE MICHEAU
OPERATIC RECITAL

Int. Release 07 Apr. 2014
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Track List

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Roméo et Juliette, CG 9

Act 1

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Act 2

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Mireille

Act 1

Ambroise Charles Louis Thomas (1811 - 1896)
Mignon

Lib: J.Barbier (1825-1901) & M.Carré (1822-72) after Goethe

Act 2

Heinrich Proch (1809 - 1878)
Janine Michaeu, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Roger Desormière

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Act 1

Janine Michaeu, London Symphony Orchestra, Muir Mathieson

Gustave Charpentier (1860 - 1956)
Louise

Act 3

Janine Michaeu, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Roger Desormière

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Les pêcheurs de perles, WD 13

Act 2

Janine Michaeu, London Symphony Orchestra, Muir Mathieson

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Mireille

Act 1

Janine Michaeu, L'Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra, Paris, Alberto Erede

Act 2

Janine Michaeu, Pierre Giannotti, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Act 4

Janine Michaeu, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Janine Michaeu, L'Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra, Paris, Alberto Erede

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Les pêcheurs de perles, WD 13

Act 2

Janine Michaeu, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Libero De Luca, Janine Michaeu, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Act 3

Janine Michaeu, Libero De Luca, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Total Playing Time: 1:19:32

. . . [Janine Micheau] gets an operatic recital stuffed with still too-little-known Gounod and Bizet . . . Her grasp of the music and its sound remain, however, unfailingly authentic and loveable -- words that might sum up all the releases sampled here.

The major surprise here is her vibrant "Depuis le jour" (from Charpentier's "Louise"), in which the subtly ignited high notes seem to expand indefinitely and the timbre manages to suggest a sensuality beyond its actual Gallic coolness. In three selections from Bizet's "Les Pêcheurs de Perles", we gain a clear sense of the singer's dramatic intensity and her full-bodied middle register . . . she is usually precise and expert; her even, smooth trills are as impressive as the native French diction and style. She is above all an ideal Gounod soprano, equal to a diversity of demands -- including considerable agility -- that are rarely found united in one artist. Most selections are conducted very effectively by Roger Desormière and Alberto Erede; the pacing is especially alluring in the six selections led by Desormière . . .

Janine Micheau ou l'école francaise: . . . la déclamation [est] exemplaire, comme la sincérité très investie de l'interprétation ou la maîtrise de la dynamique -- impeccable et émouvant air de Louise. Sa Léila s'est toujours imposée, ici en compagnie des excellents Libero de Luca et Jean Borthayre.