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Ravel, Debussy, Duparc / Victoria De Los Angeles


Release Date: 03/07/2006 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 45824   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice RavelClaude DebussyHenri Duparc
Performer:  Victoria de los AngelesGonzalo Soriano
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DEBUSSY Chansons de Bilitis. 1 Fêtes galantes. 1 Noël des enfants. 1 L?enfant prodigue: Air de Lia. DUPARC L?invitation au voyage. Phidylé. RAVEL Shéhérazade. 5 Greek Folk Songs. Chants hébraïques. 4 Folk Songs 1 ? Read more class="ARIAL12"> Victoria de los Angeles (sop); Georges Prêtre, cond; 1 Paris Conservatory O; Gonzalo Soriano (pn) 1 ? EMI 45824 (72:27 & )


Victoria de los Angeles was one of those elite singers to whom the phrase, ?the art that conceals art? could be applied. Some of that effect, to be sure, was probably the result of her ?pure,? almost unsensuous upper range, which gave her performances an air of simplicity, sometimes, even innocence. The orchestral part of the collection was recorded in 1963 when she was close to her best form. A little hardness of the top notes (not harshness, it should be said) had set in by 1966, when she collaborated with Gonzalo Soriano, but her voice still suited the material so well that it complemented her apt projection of the texts. All of these performances previously appeared on CD as part of a four-disc set titled ?The Fabulous Victoria de los Angeles? (EMI 65061). If it?s still out there, I enthusiastically commend it to the attention of those of her admirers who may have missed it.


For those whose focus is on this particular repertoire, she has much to offer, but the competition in some of the pieces is brutal. For me, the least satisfactory performances are those of the two Duparc songs, music dripping with a sophisticated sensuality that her more ?innocent? sound can barely suggest, for all her usual attentiveness to the texts. She projects the sense of rapture that the first song in Shéhérazade calls for, and her cool restraint pays dividends in the other two songs, especially ?L?indifférent.? Unfortunately (for her), there are a lot of extremely good performances of this song cycle: the Ansermet-conducted ones (Danco 1 and 2; Crespin), Von Otter/Boulez, and Ameling/de Waart, just for starters. On the other hand, her voice seems to fit the Greek Folk Songs and Four Folk Songs so well that I can hardly imagine them being sung by anyone else. She also holds her own in the atmospheric Debussy songs, even with competition by such specialists as Suzanne Danco and Gérard Souzay. To be sure, even this collection, vividly recorded though it is, cannot capture the gracious way she engaged her public at a live recital, but there?s enough here to suggest why she was one of the most beloved singers in the world for a quarter of a century. Texts and translations are provided.


FANFARE: James Miller
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Works on This Recording

1.
Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
2.
Mélodies hébraïques (2) by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1919; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
3.
Chants populaires: no 1, Chanson espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
4.
Chants populaires: no 2, Chanson française by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
5.
Chants populaires: no 3, Chanson italienne by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
6.
Chants populaires: no 4, Chanson hébraïque by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
7.
Chansons de Bilitis for Speaker and Chamber Ensemble by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gonzalo Soriano (Piano), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
8.
Fêtes galantes, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gonzalo Soriano (Piano), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
9.
Noël des enfants que n'ont plus de maison by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, Barcelona, Spain (01/19/1966 - 01/26/1966) 
10.
L'enfant prodigue: L'année en vain by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884/1908; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
11.
L'invitation au voyage by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1870; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
12.
Phidylé by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
13.
Mélodies populaires grecques (5): no 1, Chanson de la mariée by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
14.
Mélodies populaires grecques (5): no 2, Là-bas, vers l'église by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Manuel Rosenthal.
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
15.
Mélodies populaires grecques (5): no 3, Quel galant m'est comparable by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Manuel Rosenthal.
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
16.
Mélodies populaires grecques (5): no 4, Chanson des cueilleuses by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Manuel Rosenthal.
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 
17.
Mélodies populaires grecques (5): no 5, Tout gai! by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (02/20/1962 - 02/21/1962) 

Sound Samples

Shéhérazade (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Asie
Shéhérazade (2005 Digital Remaster): II. La flûte enchantée
Shéhérazade (2005 Digital Remaster): III. L'indifférent
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (2005 Digital Remaster): Le réveil de la mariée
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (2005 Digital Remaster): Là-bas, vers l'église
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (2005 Digital Remaster): Quel galant m'est comparable
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (2005 Digital Remaster): Chanson des cueilleuses
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (2005 Digital Remaster): Tout gai!
Deux Mélodies hébraïques (2006 Digital Remaster): Kaddisch
Deux Mélodies hébraïques (2006 Digital Remaster): L'enigme éternelle
Chants populaires (2006 Digital Remaster): Chanson espagnole
Chants populaires (2006 Digital Remaster): Chanson française
Chants populaires (2006 Digital Remaster): Chanson italienne
Chants populaires (2006 Digital Remaster): Chanson hébraïque
Trois Chansons de Bilitis (2006 Digital Remaster): La Flûte de Pan
Trois Chansons de Bilitis (2006 Digital Remaster): La Chevelure
Trois Chansons de Bilitis (2006 Digital Remaster): Le Tombeau des Naïades
Fêtes galantes (Set 1) (2006 Digital Remaster): En sourdine
Fêtes galantes (Set 1) (2006 Digital Remaster): Fantoches
Fêtes galantes (Set 1) (2006 Digital Remaster): Clair de lune
Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison (2006 Digital Remaster)
L' Enfant prodigue (2006 Digital Remaster): Récit. & Air de Lia: L'année en vain chasse l'année
L'Invitation au voyage (2006 Digital Remaster)
Phidylé (2006 Digital Remaster)

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