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Charpentier: Louise / Rudel, Sills, Gedda, Van Dam, Dunn

Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 65299   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Jacques MarsNicolai GeddaBeverly SillsJosé van Dam,   ... 
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera ChorusParis Opera OrchestraMaitrise de la Resurrection Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It is in the orchestral and choral singing, and above all in the performance of Jose van Dam as Louise's father, that this recording scores. Rudel had conducted a production at the New York City Opera during the 1970s, also with Sills, and the fine quality of the recorded sound (produced by Christopher Bishop in the Salle Wagram) lets one hear the many beautiful details and motifs that Charpentier uses to depict the city—this opera could equally have been called Paris—and admire all the more Charpentier's originality.
Van Dam's Golaud-like, brooding Father, not such an elderly figure as Musy makes him in the Fournet recording recently reissued on Philips, brings out the very modern dilemma in which Louise finds herself. What
Read more exactly are her father's motives for wanting to keep her a child, and not letting her marry Julien? Andrew Porter's long and fascinating essay in the booklet points out the many converging influences on French verismo, growing out of the late-nineteenth-century obsession with Wagner (several little orchestral puns here about gods and parents)."

-- Gramophone [2/1995]
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Works on This Recording

Louise by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Jacques Mars (Baritone), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano),
José van Dam (Bass), Mignon Dunn (Mezzo Soprano), Éliane Lublin (Soprano),
Christiane Château (Soprano), Sonia Nigoghossian (Soprano), Marie Bertola (Soprano),
Martine Surais (Alto), Claude Vierne (Soprano), Carla Rutili (Alto),
Mireille Laurent (), Elya Weismann (Soprano), Maria Mella (Alto),
Martyn Hill (Tenor), Jean-Jacques Doumčne (Bass), René Massis (Baritone),
Pierre-Yves Lemaigat (), Robert Tallec (Baritone), Tibčre Raffalli (Baritone),
Guy De Kehrig (Tenor), Jean-Marie Frémeau (Baritone), Guy Gabelle (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Maitrise de la Resurrection Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Length: 182 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 

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