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Roussel: Padmavati / Plasson, Horne, Gedda, Van Dam

Release Date: 06/19/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 81867   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Performer:  Marilyn HorneNicolai GeddaJosé van DamIsabel Alvarez,   ... 
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole OrchestraOrféon Donostiarra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 43 Mins. 

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This strange work, set in 13th-century India, centers on the Princely ruler Ratan-Sen and his beautiful wife, Padmavati. When the cruel Mogul ruler of Delhi, Alaouddin, arrives with his army, he sees Padmavati, and when she unveils at his request, he falls in love with her and demands that she be his. Ratan-Sen refuses and is killed. Rather than giving in to Alaouddin, Padmavati joins her husband on his funeral pyre.

Roussel's score is exotic and colorful and makes great use of a large orchestra and chorus; indeed there is as much purely instrumental and choral music as there is solo singing in this work (it's almost constructed like one of Rameau's opera-ballets), and both orchestra and chorus are superb. Nicolai Gedda is
Read more the benevolent Ratan-Sen, and he sings with authority and sensitivity; Marilyn Horne is the warm-timbred, alluring Padmavati, and José van Dam menaces as Alaouddin. No libretto is included but a track-by-track synopsis suffices. This is a fascinating work, in a splendid performance.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Padmâvatî, Op. 18 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), José van Dam (Baritone),
Isabel Alvarez (Soprano), Hermina Laborde (Soprano), Gérard Blatt (Baritone),
Martine Mahé (Mezzo Soprano), Elena Perez (Alto), Henri Amiel (Baritone),
Hugues Brambilla (Tenor), Jean-Jacques Cubaynes (Baritone), Thierry Dran (Tenor),
Laurence Dale (Tenor), Marc Vento (Baritone), Charles Burles (Tenor),
Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Marian Etxeberria (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; France 
Length: 103 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Halle-Aux-Grains, Toulouse, France (11/17/1982 - 11/19/1982); Halle-Aux-Grains, Toulouse, France (07/01/1983 - 07/03/1983) 

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