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Complete Recordings Of Marie Delna, Selected Recordings Of Jeanne Marié De L'isle

Maria Delna
Release Date: 05/12/2008 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52056  
Composer:  Giacomo MeyerbeerGeorges BizetBenjamin GodardJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Marie DelnaJustin ClériceAlbert AlvarezJeanne Marié De l'isle,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A light mezzo voice and very beautiful.

This double set gives us the complete recordings of soprano Marie Delna and an auspicious selection of discs made by fellow soprano Jeanne Marié de l’Isle. Delna was born Marie Ledant in Paris in 1875 and made her debut at sixteen as Dido in Les Troyens à Carthage, something of an event. Verdi admired her Quickly in Falstaff, a role in which he supervised her and she soon made international debuts. Marriage in 1903 took her away from the stage but she was back a few years later. Her Met debut came in 1910 in Gluck’s Orfeo with Gadski – Toscanini conducting – the second of which performance led to a celebrated run-in with the conductor. Her career wound down at the
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Delna sang in a number of premieres and was an important front rank singer of the French school. Her recordings began in London in 1903 of which sequence her Carmen does sound just a touch stentorian – though she was only twenty-eight. Curiously when she came to record again in her home city again for Pathé the voice sounds lighter and the Air des cartes – Carmen was a famous role of hers – suits her essential seriousness of purpose very well. Godard’s Viens avec nous petit from La Vivandière is a revolutionary rabble-rouser and full of brio – the piano part is hilariously done and the studio applause sounds part contrived but part genuine! In the extract from her debut work, Les Troyens, we can hear the actual timbre of the voice sounds almost counter-tenor like, the aria sitting in that part of her voice that is the most ‘male’ sounding; unconvincing upright piano. Clérice’s La Vierge à la crèche is accompanied at the piano by the composer in 1905 and is a cherishable example of her singing - scaled-down in size, splendidly deployed. Her collaboration with Albert Alvarez in Meyerbeer and Donizetti proves equally impressive; Alvarez has a particularly fine voice and his strong, vibrant tenor signifies an impressive talent.

I think the 1907 recording of J’ai perdu mon Eurydice and the later 1910 Edison cylinder of Che farò show why Toscanini took against her in Orfeo. She progressively slows down, which must have infuriated the conductor. Rather better, indeed splendid, are the two Samson et Dalila extracts; Mon Coeur is in fact one of her most famous recordings and justifiably so, though I prefer the New York Edison remake of 1910. In the context the 1907 Pathé of di Capua’s O sole mio does sound rather incongruous; a peculiarity, though not an unwelcome one, in her discography. Disc 2 gives us some London-made Edison remakes and these were very favourable recording circumstances.

We are fortunate to be in a position to survey all her recordings in this way as she was an important artist. The companion singer is represented by a selection of her records. Jeanne Marié de l’Isle (1872-1926) was not only a contemporary but like Delna born in Paris. Her debut was rather later than Delna’s, in 1896, and she was soon making regular appearances with leading singers – Van Dyck, Clément, Beyle and the like. She sang frequently at the Opéra-Comique and took her three favourite roles – Carmen, Mignon, Charlotte - to many of the provincial houses as well. Unlike Delna her career wasn’t international – though she did venture to Bucharest and Sofia in 1910. Rather like Delna though her careered coincided with the end of the Great War.

Hers was something of a light mezzo voice and very beautiful. She gives us the tongue-twisting Maillart aria Espoir charmant! from Les Dragons de Villars – her first ever role on stage and it’s a pure delight. So too, despite the slightly noisy shellac, is her Mignon where the voice is fortunately forward and we can appreciate the refined purity of her singing. There’s a long sequence of arias from Carmen - where Leon Beyle proves a stylish light tenor colleague. These are wholly admirable sides. She has personality too. And her Berlioz example shows the youthful quality of the voice - though this extract is subject to the inevitable truncations of the time. She shows equally stylistic flair and surety in the songs by Gounod, Hahn, and Chaminade.

It goes without saying that Marston’s booklet is exemplary – full of biographical and musical information, full matrix and release and dating details. The photographs have been well produced – as ever. And the transfers are first class as ever.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le Prophète: Ah, mon fils! by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  London, England 
2.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  London, England 
3.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  London, England 
4.
Carmen: En vain pour éviter les réponses amères "Card Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
5.
La vivandière: Viens avec nous, petit by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
6.
Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
7.
Les troyens: Chères Tyriens by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
8.
Jocelyn, Op. 100: Cachés dans cet asile by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
9.
Les enfants by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
10.
La Vierge à la crèche by Justin Clérice
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano), Justin Clérice (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1903-1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
11.
Le Prophète: A la voix de ta mère by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano), Albert Alvarez (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Paris, France 
12.
La Favorita: Vien, Leonora, a piedi tuoi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano), Albert Alvarez (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Language: French 
13.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
14.
La Favorita: O mio Fernando by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Language: French 
15.
Werther: Werther! Qui m'aurait dit...Des cris joyeux "Letter scene" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
16.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
17.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
18.
La vivandière: Liberté, rayonnant aux cieux by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
19.
L'attaque du moulin: Ah, la guerre, l’horrible guerre by Alfred Bruneau
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
20.
Miarka: Soleil qui flambes, soleil d’or rouge by Alexander Georges
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
21.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o Mamma by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Language: French 
22.
'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Paris, France 
23.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Venue:  New York City 
24.
La Favorita: O mio Fernando by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Venue:  New York City 
25.
Le Prophète: Ah, mon fils! by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Venue:  New York City 
26.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Venue:  New York City 
27.
La Gioconda: Voce di donna by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Venue:  New York City 
28.
Le Prophète: Ah, mon fils! by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1913 
Venue:  London, England 
29.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1913 
Venue:  London, England 
30.
Jocelyn, Op. 100: Cachés dans cet asile by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1913 
Venue:  London, England 
31.
Espérance by Rohand
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1918 
Venue:  Paris, France 
32.
Carillon de guerre by Rohand
Performer:  Marie Delna (Mezzo Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1918 
Venue:  Paris, France 
33.
Les dragons de Villars: Espoir charmant! by Aimé Maillart
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; France 
Date of Recording: c1905 
34.
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: c1905 
35.
Mignon: Je connais un pauvre enfant by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
36.
Mignon: Je suis heureuse! l'air m'enivre by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
37.
Mignon: O vierge Marie by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
38.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: c1905 
39.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
40.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: c1905 
41.
Carmen: Je vais danser en votre honneur "Dance Scene" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
42.
Carmen: En vain pour éviter les réponses amères "Card Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
43.
Carmen: Si tu m'aimes, Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano), Hector Dufranne (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
44.
Carmen: C'est toi! C'est moi!...Carmen, il est temps encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano), Léon Beyle (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
45.
Werther: Vous avez dit vrai by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
46.
Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
47.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Autrefois un roi du Thulé by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
48.
Sérénade by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
49.
Les enfants by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
50.
Mélodies (20), Volume 1: Si mes vers avaient des ailes by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
51.
L'anneau d'argent by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
52.
Crépuscule triste by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Jeanne Marié De l'isle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 

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