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Gounod: Mors et Vita / Plasson, Hendricks, van Dam, Toulouse

Gounod / Plasson / Hendricks / Denize / Aler / Dam
Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 559445  
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Nadine DenizeJohn AlerJosé van DamBarbara Hendricks
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole OrchestraOrféon Donostiarra
Number of Discs: 2 
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“I have placed death before life,” wrote Charles Gounod, “… because in the order of eternal things, death precedes life.” Mors et vita is an epic oratorio filled with operatic drama and its spirit and appeal are exemplified in the celebrated ‘Judex’, a soaring, sweeping chorus. Michel Plasson, as ever a master of French Romantic music, is joined by a splendid quartet of soloists, with Barbara Hendricks illuminating the soprano line and José van Dam taking command of the baritone’s pronouncements. “I have placed death before life,” wrote Charles Gounod, “… because in the order of eternal things, death precedes life.” Mors et vita is an epic oratorio filled with operatic drama and its spirit and appeal are exemplified in the celebrated ‘Judex’, a soaring, sweeping chorus. Michel Plasson, as ever a master of French Romantic music, is joined by a splendid quartet of soloists, with Barbara Hendricks illuminating the soprano line and José van Dam taking command of the baritone’s pronouncements. Read less

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Mors et vita by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Nadine Denize (Mezzo Soprano), John Aler (Tenor), José van Dam (Bass Baritone),
Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1885; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Toulouse, France 
Language: French 

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