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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Léonce Escalaïs


Release Date: 04/24/2001 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89527   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Giacomo MeyerbeerJacques HalévyGiuseppe VerdiCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Léonce EscalaisFerruccio CorradettiOreste LuppiGiuseppe Sala,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Voices like that of Leonce-Antoine Escalais do not seem to exist any more today. The French heldentenor has a completely different nature than his German counterpart, who often has his roots in the baritone-fach and whose voice, on acoustic recordings, is usually shown off to a better advantage. Escalais never sang Wagner. His voice was clear and bright, it rang out with incredible intensity of sound and his top, which remained intact until the end of his career, was brilliant. He was the ideal interpreter for Meyerbeer and Halevy, for whose works we are short of adequate tenor voices nowadays, even in France. His recordings prove that he had the most brilliant voice among the French singers: he was the worthy successor to Duprez and Read more Nourrit. In Italy he was compared to the great Tamagno, but the Frenchman's voice was more beautiful and had a fuller sound, also he could produce the most beautiful lyrical phrases. Unsurpassed are his brilliantly ringing top notes, which like a laser beam cut through the trio from "Guillaume Tell" or the septet from "Les Huguenots." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Robert le Diable: Au tournoi, chevaliers by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: Italian 
2.
Les Huguenots: Ah! l'ingrat d'une offense mortelle by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Ferruccio Corradetti (Baritone), Oreste Luppi (Bass), Giuseppe Sala (Voice),
Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone), Léonce Escalais (Tenor), Angelo Algos (Voice),
Giovanni Masotti (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: Italian 
3.
Le Prophète: Roi du ciel by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: French 
4.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: French 
5.
La juive: Dieu m'éclaire by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: French 
6.
La juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
7.
Jérusalem: Je veux encore entendre ta voix by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: Italian 
8.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
9.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: Italian 
10.
Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
11.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Arretez, o mes frères by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
12.
Polyeucte: Source délicieuse by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
13.
Le Cid: O Souverain, ô juge, ô père by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: Italian 
14.
Pastorale Languedocienne by Rupes,
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 1906 
15.
Stances by Ange Flégier
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: French 
16.
Hosanna by Jean Granier
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: French 
17.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
18.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: Italian 
19.
Pierre l'Ermite: Scene pour Tenor by Jean Granier
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
20.
Il trovatore: Aria(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: French 
21.
Guillaume Tell: Troncar soi di by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Oreste Luppi (Bass), Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone), Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: Italian 
22.
Guillaume Tell: Asil héréditaire by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: Italian 

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