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Recital - Donizetti, Gounod Offenbach / Marilyn Horne


Release Date: 05/02/1995 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 98501   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Daniel-François AuberCharles GounodJules MassenetGaetano Donizetti,   ... 
Performer:  Marilyn Horne
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One should be surprised at nothing Marilyn Horne can do by way of vocal virtuosity, she is still pretty astonishing - for the combination of fluency and richness she is surely unsurpassed.

Though we made a mental note years ago to be surprised at nothing Marilyn Horne can do by way of vocal virtuosity, she is still pretty astonishing. The voice has lost something in resonance and excitement at the very top, and it is not (has not been for a long time now) the firmly defined instrument we knew when she made those first, stunning operatic recitals 20 years or more ago. But for the combination of fluency and richness she is surely still unsurpassed.

The present record is an attractive one in repertoire as
Read more well as performance. Auber's Zerline does not come out to greet her native land very often these days, Sapho's immortal lyre lies on the shelf more often than not, and Godard's charming Vivandiere drums up support for the flag so rarely that we hardly know her. The Nurse's aria in Medee, with its haunting accompaniment of string quartet and bassoon, is doubly welcome for it brings a little musical stiffening along with Classical grace and clarity of line. It is also extremely well sung: Marilyn Horne, unlike some of her contemporaries, has a reliable sense of when not to introduce inflections and colorations of the vocal line but to let a phrase speak plainly for itself.

Elsewhere, the impact of phrases is heightened by a strong dramatic sense, yet comparisons show up the limitations. The douleur of Sapho's lament receives dark, tragic emphasis, but when on an ancient record old Schumann-Heink sang this the tears were in the voice and a subtler, deeper kind of sympathy was involved. At the other extreme, Horne catches the zest and appetite of the Grand Duchess, but if one compares Crespin on the complete recording (CBS 79207, 4/77) there is just that extra sparkle and mobility of expression that brings it into a fuller, more vivid kind of existence. Well, you can't have everything, and Horne gives plenty. Her imagination serves her well, particularly in Herodias's Vengeance aria, her tone is still gorgeous enough to call the name of Rosa Ponselle occasionally to mind, and the flexibility (hear the splendours of cadenza in the Favourite solo) still dazzles. Perhaps the close recording of the voice and relative distancing of the orchestra enhance the wonder: I don't complain.

-- Gramophone [7/1985, reviewing Erato 75170]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Zerline: O Palerme! O Sicile by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Hérodiade: Herod! Ne me refuse pas by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
La Favorita: O mio Fernando by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Sapho: Héros sur la tour solitaire by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Medea: Solo un pianto by Luigi Cherubini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: Ah! que j'aime les militaires by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
La vivandière: Viens avec nous, petit by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: French 

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