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L'étoile - French Arias / Jennifer Larmore


Release Date: 06/17/2003 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 87193   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jacques OffenbachJules MassenetDaniel-François AuberCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony OrchestraVienna Concert Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Calling a disc L’étoile risks charges of hubris, but Jennifer Larmore is a mezzo of the starriest order, and it’s hard to imagine a more engaging showcase for her luxuriant voice and formidable technique. From Auber (the bravura piece ‘Ô Palerme, Ô Sicile’ from Zerline, with its thrilling coloratura) to Ravel (‘Oh! la pitoyable aventure’ from L’heure espagnole, with its frustrated emotion), via Massenet, Offenbach and Thomas, this winning recital of French arias, some familiar, some not, is proof of daunting and undaunted versatility.

As Dalila (Saint-Saëns’s ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’) or a sublimely tragic Marguerite (‘D’amour l’ardente flamme’ from La damnation de Faust), she is blissfully
Read more enraptured. And she is equally convincing in the face of death. Her Dido (‘Je vais mourir’ from Berlioz’s Les troyens) is searing and heartfelt, as is her supremely tragic Sapho, as Gounod’s eponymous heroine contemplates the raging waters into which she’s about to plunge.

But for all the fabulous dark colours in her voice and her impassioned characterisation – amplified by the urgent, dramatic atmosphere conjured by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra – Larmore has a lighter side, as ‘Je suis Lazuli’ from Chabrier’s L’étoile proves to exhilarating effect, all laughter, wit and impeccably enunciated patter.

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Vois sous L'archet fremissant by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Cendrillon: Enfin, je suis ici by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Zerline: O Palerme! O Sicile by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Les troyens: Je vais mourir...Adieu, fière cité by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: D'amour, l'ardente flamme by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
L'heure espagnole: Oh! la pitoyable aventure by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
L'étoile: Je m'appelle Lazuli by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Osterreinchischer Rundfunk, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 

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