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French Arias / Marcelo Alvarez, Marl Elder, Opera De Nice


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89650   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jules MassenetJacques OffenbachGaetano DonizettiCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Marcelo AlvarezFlorent ChamardLiviu IonescuVasile Ioan
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic OrchestraNice Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a very satisfying recital, one that avoids the usual same-voice-for-an-hour tedium by dint of Marcello Alvarez's ability to color his tone and words with elegance, energy, and intelligence. The voice is a real lyric tenor; the notes above the staff are a correct extension of the ones below, and there is no change in tone from the voice's top to its bottom. The CD gets off to a beautiful start with one of the most affecting readings of Werther's "Pourquoi me reveiller" I've heard: Alvarez caresses the word "caresses" with real feeling, and without resorting to any cheap tricks. In fact, one of the glories of this disc is Alvarez's refusal to add sobs and unnecessary emphases to his words; he allows the innate Read more plangency of his tone to spin out freely, and the attention he gives not just to the individual aria but to the character himself could stand as a lesson to other, better-known tenors.


He differentiates the two sections of Hoffmann's "Kleinzach" aria splendidly; his Tonio in Fille du Regiment is as vital as his Werther is morbid (and the nine high-Cs are all in place); he sounds truly despairing as Fernand in Favorite; and the two arias from Manon show the two sides of des Grieux with great clarity. The crown in the recital is Arnold's long scene from the last act of Guillaume Tell (for which Sony also wisely provides a chorus, whereas it doesn't in the Fille scene where it would have been equally welcome). Here he comes closest to heroic, singing with firm, full tone and tossing off the outlandish high notes with ease and capping it with a high C that goes on, handsomely, for what seems like days. I wish he hadn't rushed through "Ah, leve-toi soleil" (and had attempted a sweet ending, as written), and breathing before the ascent to Faust's C in "presence" is an unmusical no-no--but just being able to nit-pick on such a level implies how otherwise remarkable his work here is. Mark Elder and his Nice Orchestra and Chorus are all wonderful. Great tenorizing here!
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Il était une fois "Kleinzach Legend" by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor), Florent Chamard (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: O Dieu! de quelle ivresse by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
La fille du régiment: Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ah! mes amis..." 
5.
Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "L'amour, l'amour..." 
6.
Dom Sébastien: Deserto in terra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Je suis seul!..." 
8.
La Favorita: Favorita del re! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection continues with "...Ange si pur que dans un songe." 
9.
Werther: O nature, pleine de grâce by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Je ne sais si je veille..." 
10.
Don Carlos: Fountainebleu! Foresta immensa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection continues with "...Je l'ai vue et dans son sourire." 
11.
Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Les Huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor), Liviu Ionescu (Viola d'amore), Vasile Ioan (Viola)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ah! quel spectacle..." 
14.
Guillaume Tell: Ne m'abandonne pas by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nice Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Jedrinsky Hall, Nice, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection continues with "...Asile héréditaire...Vengeance!...Plus de crainte inutile." 

Sound Samples

Pourquoi me revéiller (Werther)
Il était une fois à la cour (Les Contes de Hoffman)
O dieu, de quelle ivresse (Les Contes de Hoffman)
Ah, mes amis...Pour man âme (La Fille du Régiment)
L'amour, l'amour...Ah! lève-toi, soleil (Roméo et Juliette)
Seul sur la terre (Dom Sébastien)
Je suis seul!...Ah fuyez, douce image (Manon)
La maîtresse du roi?...Ange si pur (La Favorite)
Alors, c'est bien ici...Je ne sais si je veille...O nature pleine de grâce (Werther)
Fontainebleau! Forêt immense...Je l'ai vue et dans son sourire (Don Carlos)
En fermant les yeux...c'est un rêve (Manon)
Salut demeure chaste et pure (Faust)
Ah! quel spectacle...Plus blanche que la blanche hermine (Les Huguenots)
Ne m'abandonne point...Asile hereditaire...Vengeance! vengeance...Plus de crainte inutile (Guillaume Tell)

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