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The Very Best Of Jessye Norman

Norman,Jessye
Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 21725   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerFranz SchubertJohannes BrahmsJacques Offenbach,   ... 
Performer:  Jessye NormanIrwin GageAnne MurrayDale Duesing,   ... 
Conductor:  Klaus TennstedtSylvain CambrelingRiccardo MutiMichel Plasson
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music on these CDs presents a cross-section of Jessye Norman's repertory, in German and French opera, in Lieder and mélodie, in oratorio and even operetta. Since Wagner's Tannhäuser provided Jessye Norman with her first stage role, it is appropriate to begin with two arias from that opera. Senta's ballad from Der fliegende Holländer tells the story of the Flying Dutchman, who is condemned to sail the seas for eternity unless he can find a woman who will remain faithful unto death. The Wesendonck- Lieder were composed by Wagner in 1857–8 as a tribute to Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of his friend Otto; particularly in 'Im Treibhaus' and 'Träume', they look forward to Tristan und Isolde. The three Schubert songs, Read more and the solo from Brahms's German Requiem, bring the German part of the programme to a rapturous conclusion. From Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann Jessye Norman sings the role of Giulietta, a Venetian courtesan, who ruins the hero, Hoffmann, by urging him to take part in a duel, and then in a symbolic gesture demands from him the ultimate sacrifice – the gift of his reflection. 'The face that launched a thousand ships' – Helen of Troy in La Belle Hélène – is another kind of temptress, and shows the full extent of Norman's comic gifts. In the song cycles by Ravel and Poulenc we glimpse a different side of the artist. La Fraîcheur et le feu was composed in 1950 for the baritone Pierre Bernac, Poulenc's greatest interpreter; in the 1960s, Bernac gave many master-classes covering the whole world of French song, and Jessye Norman was one of his students. The poems set are entitled Vue donne vie (‘Sight gives life'), but Poulenc asked the author, Paul Eluard, to give him a new title for the song-cycle. 'Unis la fraîcheur et le feu' is the opening line of the fifth song: 'Unite the coolness and the fire'. That is exactly what Jessye Norman has always done, and – in Bernac's words – she has done it with 'profound humanity'. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Tannhäuser: Allmächt'ge Jungfrau "Elisabeth's Prayer" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Studio Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Dem Unendlichen, D 291 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Studio Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Der Winterabend, D 938 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Studio Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Auflösung ("Verbirg dich, Sonne"), song for voice & piano, D. 807 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Studio Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
German Requiem, Op. 45: Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann: Act 4. Barcarolle. Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jessye Norman (), Anne Murray (), Dale Duesing (),
Neil Shicoff ()
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Palais Des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
11.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann: Act 4. Vénus dit à Fortune by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jessye Norman (), Anne Murray (), Dale Duesing (),
Neil Shicoff ()
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Palais Des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann: Act 4. Qui connaît donc la souffrance... O Dieu, de quelle ivresse by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Dale Duesing (), Jessye Norman (), Neil Shicoff (),
Anne Murray ()
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Palais Des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann: Act 4. Jusque-là cependant affermis mon courage... Aujourd'hui, aujourd'hui l by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Anne Murray (), Neil Shicoff (), Dale Duesing (),
Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Palais Des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Premier transports by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
15.
Miroirs brûlants: no 1, Tu vois le feu du soir by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Studio Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
16.
La fraîcheur et le feu by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Studio Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
17.
La Belle Hélène: Act 1. Amours divins! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jessye Norman (), John Aler (), Gabriel Baquier (),
Jean-Philippe Lafont (), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (), Charles Burles (),
Nicole Carreras ()
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
Venue:  Halle aux grains, Toulouse 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
18.
La Belle Hélène: Act 2. On me nomme Hélène la blonde by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jessye Norman (), John Aler (), Gabriel Baquier (),
Jean-Philippe Lafont (), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (), Charles Burles (),
Nicole Carreras ()
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
Venue:  Halle aux grains, Toulouse 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19.
La Belle Hélène: Act 3. Là vrai! C'est elle! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jessye Norman (), John Aler (), Gabriel Baquier (),
Jean-Philippe Lafont (), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (), Charles Burles (),
Nicole Carreras ()
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
Venue:  Halle aux grains, Toulouse 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
20.
La Belle Hélène: Act 3. Elle vient! C'est elle! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  John Aler (), Gabriel Baquier (), Jean-Philippe Lafont (),
Colette Alliot-Lugaz (), Charles Burles (), Nicole Carreras (),
Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
Venue:  Halle aux grains, Toulouse 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
21.
Chansons madécasses by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dalton Baldwin (Piano), Renaud Fontanarosa (Cello), Michel Debost (Flute),
Jessye Norman ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Date of Recording: 07/20/1983 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 
22.
Chanson du rouet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dalton Baldwin (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 07/20/1983 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
23.
Si morne! by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dalton Baldwin (Piano), Jessye Norman ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 07/20/1983 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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