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Léopold Simoneau - Opera Arias And Duets


Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457752   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Domenico CimarosaGiacomo PucciniCharles GounodJacques Halévy,   ... 
Performer:  Pierrette AlarieLéopold Simoneau
Conductor:  Lee SchaenenPaul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is a marvelous album for lovers of masterfully refined singing. Léopold Simoneau possessed a voice that, while not enthralling in its power, was captivating by virtue of its sheer beauty. Although not in the dramatic, superstar league we are accustomed to today, Simoneau nonetheless made the most of his lyric-spinto instrument. His sweet-sounding tone in Cimarosa's "Cara, non dubitar", which opens the disc, can be highly deceptive, for it doesn't prepare you for the piercing dynamics of "E la solita storia", or the full-bodied, ringing top notes of "E lucevan le stelle". Simoneau accomplishes this through a nearly ideal blending of registers, or what the
Read more French used to call the "voix mixte".


But it's not all tone and volume that makes his performances so engaging: his continuity of line, impeccability of phrasing, and his convincing communication of the text make listening to Simoneau a rare and refreshing experience. This CD combines selections from two albums Simoneau recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, the second of which featured his wife, soprano Pierrette Alarie. The light, bright quality of her voice well matches her husband's in "Il se fait tard, adieu" from Faust, and "J'ai marqué l'heure du départ" from Manon (although, I did find their squeaky-clean "O'souave fanciulla" from La Boheme to be a bit unmoving). DG's engineers wisely put some space between the singers and the microphones, allowing Simoneau's voice to bloom out into the hall and make its stunning impact. Even the mono selections have satisfying dynamic range. Don't miss this one.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Il matrimonio segreto: Cara, non dubitar by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Pierrette Alarie (Soprano), Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Pierrette Alarie (Soprano), Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Faust: Il se fait tard by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Pierrette Alarie (Soprano), Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
La juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Joseph: Vainement, Pharaon...Champs paternals by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
8.
Mignon: Adieu, Mignon! Courage! by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
9.
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
10.
Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
11.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
12.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
13.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..."
This selection is a monaural recording. 
14.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Manon: Nous vivrons à Paris! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Pierrette Alarie (Soprano), Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lee Schaenen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Il matrimonio segreto / Act 1: Cara, non dubitar
L'arlesiana: E la solita storia - Anch'io vorrei dormir così
La Bohème / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Faust / Act 3: No.18 "Il se fait tard"
La Juive / Act 4: "Rachel, quand du Seigneur la grâce tutélaire"
Manon / Act 1: J'ai marqué l'heure du départ
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: A cette voix quel trouble/Je crois entendre encore
Joseph en Egypte: "Vainement Pharaon"/"Champs paternels"
Mignon / Act 2: Adieu, Mignon! Courage!
Mignon / Act 3: Elle ne croyait pas
Manon / Act 2: Instant charmant
Manon / Act 3: Je suis seul...Ah, fuyez, douce image
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei" - "De' miei bollenti spiriti"

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