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Extase - Berlioz, Massenet / Brueggergosman


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Cbc Records   Catalog #: 5236   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozJules Massenet
Performer:  Measha BrüggergosmanCatherine DallaireBlair Lofgren
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été. Benvenuto Cellini: Entre l’amour et le devoir. MASSENET Werther: Act I Prelude. 1 Manon: Adieu, notre petite table. Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon; Entr’acte. La vierge: Read more class="ARIAL12i">Dernier sommeil de la vierge; 2 L’extase de la vierge Measha Brueggergosman (sop); Yoav Talmi, cond; Catherine Dallaire (vn); 1 Blair Lofgren (vc); 2 Quebec SO CBC 5236 (75:49 & )


Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has slowly been invading our consciousness since winning the Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition. Not yet 30, she seems set for a major career, and “Extase,” her second CD (an earlier was devoted to Barber, Copland, and Gershwin), shows that she is capable of singing in French that may not be perfect but at least does not makes us cringe at the ugly vowel sounds that are emitted by so many other singers today. Her choice of program shows her absolute fearlessness, as there are already many must-have performances of the Nuits d’été . Brueggergosman’s bright tone, extended range, and ability to color words stand her in good stead, and her already excellent performance will only improve over what we can only hope will be a long career.


I cared less for the excerpt from Benvenuto Cellini , as she sings only Teresa’s aria without its preceding recitative and concluding cabaletta, omitting the characterization she brings to the Massenet items. The soprano may not be all “weakness and fragility” (Manon’s self-description), but touches nonetheless in “Adieu, notre petite table.” Salomé’s “Il est doux” is suavely sung, but it is Chimène’s “Pleurez, mes yeux” that seems to capture her imagination, making it the outstanding item on the disc, along with the final scene of La vierge , perhaps taken at too leisurely a tempo by conductor Yoav Talmi. The Quebec Symphony Orchestra may not be in the same league as its neighbor in Montreal, but it need not be ashamed of its atmospheric contribution, with three items for display (Prélude to Werther , “Le dernier sommeil de la vierge,” and an entr’acte from Hérodiade ). There is a surprise 15th track on the disc with the soprano tackling a spiritual, not entirely in keeping with the rest of the program but best regarded as an encore.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Measha Brüggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Length: 30 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Benvenuto Cellini: Entre l'amour et le devoir by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Measha Brüggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Werther: Act 1 Prelude by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Catherine Dallaire (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Measha Brüggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Measha Brüggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Measha Brüggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Hérodiade: Entr'acte by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
La Vierge: Dernier sommeil de la Vierge by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Blair Lofgren (Cello)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
La Vierge: L'Extase de la Vierge by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Measha Brüggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 

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