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Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias / Karina Gauvin, Les Violons Du Roy


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2636   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Il re pastore: Aer tranquillo. Le nozze di Figaro: Deh vieni non tardar. Non temer amato bene. Lucio Silla: Overture. Misera dove son?…Ah, non son io che parlo. Die Zauberflöte: Ach, ich fühl’s. La clemenza di Tito: Overture; Non più di fiori. Così fan tutte: Come Read more scoglio; In uomini, in soldati Karina Gauvin (s); Bernard Labadie, cond; Les Violons du Roy ATMA 2636 (63:28 Text and Translation)


This Mozart CD is the first time I have encountered the singing of soprano Karina Gauvin, but she is apparently nearly an icon in her native Canada, particularly in the French-speaking province of Quebec, from whence she hails. Long a Baroque and early music specialist with several well regarded recordings in her past, Gauvin has lately been delving into Mozart, as she does here with the chamber group Les Violons du Roy, to produce a quite entertaining recital.


Gauvin possesses a lovely lyric voice, secure vocal technique, rock-solid pitch control, and the vocal agility to easily handle Mozart’s more florid passages. Of the eight vocal numbers performed here, none is a rarity, although the first, “Aer tranquillo” from Il Re Pastore , was written for a male character sung by a castrato. It is a charming aria, one of Mozart’s best, more often these days adopted by mezzos or sopranos. Two of the works are so-called concert arias, K 369 and K 505, two of Mozart’s more famous, but both are operatic in style and texture. Of the five other opera arias, Gauvin gives us Pamina ( Die Zauberflöte ) in “Ach, Ich fühl’s,” Susanna ( Le Nozze di Figaro ) in “Deh vieni,” Vitellia ( La Clemenza di Tito ) in “Non piu di fiori,” and Fiordiligi ( Così fan tutte ) in “Come scoglio.” Oddly, Gauvin concludes the program with the soubrette role of Despina ( Così fan tutte ) singing the perky “In uomini! In soldati,” a role she would probably never take on stage. To my ear Gauvin seems to put more bite into some emotions than others, as with the badly conflicted Fiordiligi, although she sings everything well. I don’t know how much of this music she has actually sung on stage, but an opera director might be forgiven for asking Gauvin to provide a bit more vocal drama at times. One other small quibble,: The soprano’s voice seems to lose volume and disappear a bit when she follows Mozart down to the lower reaches of her range.


Another pleasant first for me here is the playing of Les Violons du Roy, a chamber group of some 15 permanent members, here augmented by added strings and wind players to make up a proper Mozartean pit band. They are led excellently by noted conductor Bernard Labadie. The group apparently plays on modern instruments (but the strings with Baroque-era bows) using historically informed technique. Here they offer two instrumental works, an early Mozart overture to Lucio Silla , K 135, and the overture to his last opera, La Clemenza di Tito , K 621. The playing is remarkably clean and impeccable; all of Mozart’s inner nuances can be heard clearly. Les Violons also accompanies Gauvin with commendable sensitivity. The stellar basset horn playing of André Moisan in “Non piu di fiori” especially deserves mention. All in all, a fine disc and highly recommended.


FANFARE: Bill White    
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Ecco il punto...Non più di fiori by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
3.
Il rè pastore, K 208: Aer tranquillo e dì sereni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Temerari!...Come scoglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Così fan tutte, K 588: In uomini, in soldati by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Misera! dove son...Ah! non son io, K 369 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
8.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Lucio Silla, K 135: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
10.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 

Sound Samples

Il re pastore, K. 208: Act I: Aer tranquillo e di sereni
Die Hochzeit des Figaro, K. 492, 3. Akt: Canzonetta sull aria... Che soave zeffiretto (Die Verurteilten): Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492, Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Giunse al fin il momento...
Ch'io mi scordi di te ... Non temer, amato bene, K. 505
Lucio Silla, K. 135: Overture
Misera, dove son!, K. 369
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II: Ach! Ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden
La clemenza di Tito, K. 621: Ouverture
La clemenza di Tito, K. 621: Act II: Rondo: Non piu di fiori vaghe catene (Vitella)
Così fan tutte, K. 588: Act I: Recitative: Temerari! Sortite fuori di questo loco!
Così fan tutte, K. 588: Act I: Aria: In uomini, in soldati

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