JOSEPH ROULEAU SINGS FRENCH OPERA

JOSEPH ROULEAU
SINGS FRENCH OPERA

Verdi · Gounod · Massenet
Meyerbeer · Bizet · Thomas
Int. Release 07 Apr. 2014
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Track List

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Don Carlo

French Version

Act 2

Joseph Rouleau, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Matheson

I vespri siciliani

French version

Act 2

Joseph Rouleau, The Ambrosian Singers, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Matheson

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Faust, CG 4

Act 4

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
Hérodiade

Act 3

Joseph Rouleau, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Matheson

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864)
Les Huguenots

Act 1

Joseph Rouleau, The Ambrosian Singers, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Matheson

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
La jolie fille de Perth, WD 15

Act 2

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
Le jongleur de Notre-Dame

Act 2

Ambroise Charles Louis Thomas (1811 - 1896)
Le caïd

Act 1

Joseph Rouleau, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Matheson

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881)
Boris Godounov

Arr. Rimsky-Korsakov

Act 2

Act 1

Anton Grigorievich Rubinstein (1829 - 1894)
The Demon

Act 3

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
Prince Igor

Act 1

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Eugene Onegin, Op.24, TH.5

Act 3

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804 - 1857)
A Life for the Tsar

Act 4

Raphael Arié, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Total Playing Time: 1:19:17

. . . a major contribution to the record catalogue . . . [Verdi / "Les vêpres siciliennes"]: Procida's entrance scene, performed complete with chorus and the concluding "allegro", finds Rouleau steady on the big notes and full of specificity and unyielding pride. Yet he and conductor John Matheson still make the most of the spooked, mid-sentence silences. Indeed, each of the selections is completely thought out and responsive to the dramatic situation. Gounod's Méphistophélès is supremely confident in his mockery, Meyerbeer's Marcel has a great time in all his blustering (and there is no reason to sing it any other way), and Bizet's Ralph (in "La Jolie Fille de Perth") does a performance within a performance. Perhaps most striking of all is Brother Boniface's scene from Massenet's "Jongleur de Notre-Dame". Rouleau is direct, impassioned and -- the word comes to mind throughout the recital -- specific . . . Matheson is a full partner in everything.

. . . Rouleau's instrument is an attractive one -- rich, powerful, and slightly lachrymose in timbre -- and he is an effective and expressive interpreter . . . Rouleau is blessed with superlative accompaniments from conductor John Matheson . . . some of the finest operatic conducting I've heard in some time, and the Ambrosian Singers are adept in their brief turn in the Meyerbeer aria. The sound quality is quintessential Decca, which is to say first-rate for its day . . . Highly recommended . . .

Superbe basse aux graves de bronze, le Canadien Joseph Rouleau avait une prédilection pour le répertoire francais: Philippe II défait, Phanuel grandiose, Tambour major du "Caid" plein de panache -- et d'agilité. Magnifiques compléments russes à la mémoire d'une autre basse trop oubliée, Raphael Arié.