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Operetta Duets / Barbara Hendricks, Gino Quilico


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 55151   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rudolf FrimlSigmund RombergReynaldo HahnAndré Messager,   ... 
Performer:  Gino QuilicoBarbara Hendricks
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A splendid collection of well-known and less frequently heard operetta duets, tastefully sung by two of the most beautiful lyrical voices of the 1990s.

It seems that whenever in operetta, whether French, Viennese or American, the atmosphere becomes more tenser and the loving couple burst out into duet, it is in ¾ time! At least this is the case in most of the numbers on this wholly delightful disc and since waltzes can develop very differently within the basic frame there is no lack of variety. I believe that most operetta lovers, whom I hope are still numerous, will find quite a number of their favourites in the genre while at the same time discovering a few that are not so familiar but worth the
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Indian Love Call from Friml’s Rose-Marie must be one of the most frequently heard duets. I suppose that even readers who were born well into the second half of the last century have heard the legendary couple Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Why wasting your time from The Desert Song may be unfamiliar to begin with but when we reach the refrain everybody will be able to sing along in Blue Heaven and you and I. Anglo-Saxon readers may be less acquainted with the French repertoire but there are gems aplenty here. My personal favourite is the waltz (exactly!) from Ta bouche and also the high-spirited duet from Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue. Richard Heuberger survives mainly through Der Opernball and more precisely through Im Chambre séparée. This was legendarily recorded by Elisabeth Schumann back in the 1930s and in the 1950s by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. This is however a duet and the dialogue leading up to the well-known melody is just as charming. The Strauss and Lehár duets that conclude the disc are standard fare but I can’t hear them too often.

It may come as a surprise that EMI chose an American soprano and a Canadian baritone, neither of them specifically associated with this repertoire, but it turns out that they are both extremely well suited to this music. In particular Gino Quilico’s beautiful baritone is ideal. He has warmth and elegance and he can be both dramatically expressive and seductively caressing when needed. Barbara Hendricks’ characteristic quick vibrato makes her immediately recognizable and few sopranos of her generation sings more beautifully. Her voice is, however, more limited in expression. She is extremely musical, tasteful and phrases everything to perfection but the voice colour has a narrower scope. This is something to note when listening to a lot of duets in a row; heard a couple at a time everything is as exquisite as one could wish. Dip into this recital at random and at no point is there room for complaint concerning expression. If you need further convincing and perhaps if you share my initial concern about a certain lack of variety, the duets from Der Zigeunerbaron and Das Land des Lächeln will probably convert you too.

Recorded by EMI France it was natural to set the sessions in Lyon, where one of the best opera orchestras in the country are located. The playing and conducting leave no room for complaint. There are good liner-notes on the repertoire; in French and German by Benoît Duteurtre and in English by Andrew Lamb. The sung texts are only translated into French. I’m sure, though, that this will not be a hindrance to enjoyment of this fine recital.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rose Marie: Indian Love Call "When I'm calling you" by Rudolf Friml
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
The Desert Song: Desert Song by Sigmund Romberg
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Gino Quilico (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
The New Moon: Wanting you by Sigmund Romberg
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Student Prince: Deep in my Heart, Dear by Sigmund Romberg
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Ciboulette: Nous avons fait un beau voyage by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Véronique: Duo de l'escarpolette by André Messager
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Ta bouche: Ta bouche a des baisers "Valse" by Maurice Yvain
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Phi-Phi: D'abord, monsieur "Duo des souvenirs" by Henri Christiné
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Barbe-bleue: Or, depuis la rose nouvelle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Gasparone: Wie freu' ich mich by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Der Opernball: Im chambre séparée "Midnight Bells" by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Wer uns getraut by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Gino Quilico (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Wiener Blut: Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Das Land des Lächelns: Bei einem Tee en deux by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Gino Quilico (Baritone), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Gino Quilico (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Véronique: Duo de l'âne by André Messager
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Gino Quilico (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Opera House, Lyon, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 

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