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Chant d'Amour / Cecilia Bartoli


Release Date: 10/15/1996 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452667   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetLéo DelibesPauline Viardot-GarciaHector Berlioz,   ... 
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliMyung-Whun Chung
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cecilia Bartoli goes from strength to strength. Taking on the French repertory in this delightful disc, she also gives us some great rarities. The opening Bizet group includes two of his best-known songs, Ouvre ton coeur and Adieux de Photesse arabe. In the first, one perhaps might ask for more of a smile in the voice. Predictably, in the pessimistic Hugo poem about the Arab girl bidding farewell to the handsome traveller, Bartoli relishes the muezzin-like vocalise on "Helas, adieu, souviens-toi". This is one of the best performances of this mini-drama since Conchita Supervia's orchestral-accompanied version. In this, and the succeeding Tarantelle, "tra-la-la"s and froth, one is prompted to wonder if there will one day Read more be a Bartoli Carmen.

The big surprise of the Bizet group, again a setting of Hugo, is a song totally unknown to me, La Coccinelle ("The ladybird"). A fable of a gentleman trying to kiss the insect, it is a little salon gem, with a fast waltz motif. Bartoli uses a croaky little voice to act out the Ladybird. This song alone is worth the price of the CD.

Delibes's Les lilies de Cadiz, all trills and sunshine, is contrasted with an equally demanding setting of the same poem by Pauline Viardot. Although there is a whole CD devoted to Viardot's songs (by Karin Ott on CPO, 12/90) which I haven't heard, I rather think that for most other people these three melodies will be their introduction to Viardot's songs. Hai lull! with words by Xavier de Maistre is a sad second-cousin to the Willow Song from Rossini's Otello (an opera central to the repertory of Viardot's sister, Maria Malibran). Havanaise is a real curiosity: the first and last stanzas, sung in Spanish, frame a middle section in French which breaks into a Rossinian flight of coloratura before returning to the swaying movements of the dance. Evenings chez Viardot must have been enlivened considerably by such songs.

One can imagine that Viardot might easily have sung both Berlioz songs. The narration of Ophelia's death, words by Ernest Legouvé, vaguely based on Shakespeare, ends with a wordless melody which Bartoli sings in a hushed, beautiful tone. In Zaide she plays the castanets with skill; if this song is less interesting than the evocations of Spain by Bizet, Delibes and Viardot, that's Berlioz's fault, not Bartoli's.

In the concluding Ravel group, an interesting contrast can be made between Viardot's Havanaise of the 1840s and Ravel's Habanera of 1907.... This is one of the most satisfying recitals by one of the great singers of our time. First-rate recording and sensitive accompaniment throughout.

-- Gramophone [12/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chant d'amour by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Tarantelle by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
La coccinelle by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Hai luli by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Havanaise by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This song is sung in French and Spanish. 
9.
Les filles de Cadix by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
La mort d'Orphée by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Chants populaires: no 2, Chanson française by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This song is sung in the Limousin dialect. 
12.
Chants populaires: no 1, Chanson espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This song is sung in Galician. 
13.
Chants populaires: no 3, Chanson italienne by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Chants populaires: no 4, Chanson hébraïque by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This song is sung in Hebrew and Yiddish. 
15.
Vocalise en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16.
Mélodies hébraïques (2): no 1, Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1919; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
17.
Mélodies hébraïques (2): no 2, L'énigme éternelle by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1919; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
18.
Tripatos by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
19.
Zaïde, Op. 19 no 1 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Chant d'amour
Ouvre ton coeur - Bolero
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe
Tarantelle
La Coccinelle
Les filles de Cadix
Hai luli
Havanaise
Les filles de Cadix
Tristia, Op.18: 2. La mort d'Ophélie. Ballade
Zaïde, Op.19, No.1
Chants Populaires: 2. Chanson française
Chants Populaires: 1. Chanson espagnole
Chants Populaires: 3. Chanson italienne
Chants Populaires: 4. Chanson hébraïque
Vocalise - Étude (en forme de habanera)
2 Mélodies hébraïques: 1. Kaddisch
2 Mélodies hébraïques: 2. L'énigme éternelle
Tripatos

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