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Régine Crespin - Prima Donna In Paris


Release Date: 05/08/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000830102   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckHector BerliozCharles GounodGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Régine Crespin
Conductor:  Alain LombardGeorges Sebastian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande OrchestraVienna Volksoper Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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RÉGINE CRESPIN PRIMA DONNA IN PARIS Régine Crespin (sop); Various accompaniments DECCA 475 8243 (2 CDs: 87:14 Text and Translation)


GLUCK Iphigénie in Tauride: O toi qui prolongeas mes jours. BERLIOZ La damnation de Faust: D’amour l’ardene flamme. GOUNOD Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Sapho: O my lyre immortelle. SAINT-SAËNS Ascanio: Tra, la, la, la… “Fiorentinelle!” MASSENET Werther: Qui m’aurait dit. Va! laisse couler mes larmes. Ah! mon courage m’abandonne. BIZET Carmen: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle. Près des remparts de Séville. OFFENBACH Le Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: Portez armes. La belle Hélène: On me nomme Hélène la blonde. La périchole: Ah! quel diner je viens de faire! HAHN Ciboulette: Moi je m’apelle. C’est sa banlieue. CHRISTINÉ Phi-Phi: Ah! cher monsieur, excusez-moi. MESSAGER L’amour masqué: J’ai deux amants. OSCAR STRAUSS Saison d’amour. Je ne suis pas. Je t’aime


I am beginning to write this review the day after I read of the passing of this wonderful French soprano. It is fitting that Decca has released this set, which now can be considered a memorial. This recording was first released on LP in 1972, and in a review in Opera, September 1972, Harold Rosenthal wrote the following: “Listening to her definitive performance in this set of the extracts from Werther one regrets that she never sang Charlotte in a complete recording. It is the Offenbach side that makes this recital a ‘must’; here Crespin’s sense of humor and sex appeal come across in no uncertain manner.” I certainly agree with Rosenthal.


Rosenthal also pointed out that despite the title, “Prima donna in Paris,” the recordings were from Geneva and Vienna. Interestingly, that title was used on the English Decca release, but on the London release it was “Prima donna from Paris.” Henry Fogel wrote in his review of a Crespin recital in Fanfare 28:4 that she “was surely one of the greatest French singers of the 20th century; in fact I should remove the limitation implied by the adjective ‘French.’ Crespin is one of the great singers on records, one whose art goes beyond the merely vocal.”


As I pointed out in my review of the Crespin DVD in Fanfare 27:1: “Not only did Crespin have an exquisite voice, but she also had the ability to color and communicate the text, regardless of the language.” Although all of the selections on this disc are in French, in which Crespin was to the manner born, her ability to master different styles of music are in evidence. She was a soprano who sang dramatic roles in operas by Verdi and Wagner, and yet on this disc she demonstrates her ability to lighten her tone and sing Offenbach so beautifully.


The booklet contains notes that feature great French sopranos of the past, and an article about Crespin written by George Hall. Texts and translations are provided. The sound is excellent.


If any singer of the last century belongs in a “hall of fame” it is certainly Crespin. Strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Bob Rose
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Works on This Recording

1.
Iphigénie en Tauride: O toi qui prolongeas mes jours by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Cette nuit...."
By 1970 - 1971 
2.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: D'amour, l'ardente flamme by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Sebastian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
3.
Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Où suis-je?.."
By 1970 - 1971 
4.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "La voila...."
By 1970 - 1971
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
5.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Sebastian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
6.
La belle Hélène: Dis-mois Venus by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
7.
La Périchole: Tu n'es pas beau by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection continues with "Je t'adore...."
By 1970 - 1971 
8.
La Périchole: O mon cher amant, je te jure by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
9.
La Périchole: Ah! quel dîner by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
10.
Ciboulette: Moi je m'appelle by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
11.
Ciboulette: Y'a des arbres by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Sebastian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
12.
Phi-Phi: Ah cher monsieur, excusez-moi by Henri Christiné
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Sebastian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
13.
L'amour masque: J'ai deux amants by André Messager
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922-1923; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
14.
Drei Walzer: Saison d'amour by Oscar Straus
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
15.
Drei Walzer: Je ne suis pas by Oscar Straus
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 
16.
Drei Walzer: Je t'aime by Oscar Straus
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: By 1970 - 1971 

Sound Samples

Iphigénie en Tauride / Act 1: "Cette nuit..O toi qui prolongeas mes jours"
La Damnation de Faust / Part 4: "D'amour l'ardente flamme"
Sapho / Act 3: "Où suis-je?...O ma lyre immortelle"
Ascanio: La Chanson de Scozzone
Werther / Act 3: "Werther! Werther!..qui m'aurait dit" - "Ces lettres ...ah!"
Werther / Act 3: "Va! Laisse couler mes larmes" - "Les larmes qu'on ne pleure pas"
Werther / Act 3: "Ah! mon courage m'abandonne!"
Carmen / Act 1: "Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Havanaise)
Carmen / Act 1: "Près des remparts de Séville"
La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein / Act 1: "Vous aimez le danger...Ah! que j'aime les militaires!"
La belle Hélène / Act 2: "On me nomme Hélène la blonde..Dis-moi Vénus"
La Périchole / Act 3: "Tu n'est pas beau...Je t'adore, brigand"
La Périchole / Act 1: "O mon cher amant, je te jure"
La Périchole / Act 1: "Ah! Quel dîner je viens de faire!"
Ciboulette / Act 1: "Moi je m'appelle"
Ciboulette / Act 2: "Y'a des arbres"
Phi-Phi / Act 2: "Ah! Cher monsieur, excusez-moi"
L'Amour masqué: "J'ai deux amants"
Les Trois Valses: Saison d'amour
Les Trois Valses: Je ne suis pas
Les Trois Valses: Je t'aime

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