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Berlioz: La Belle Voyageuse / Correas, Schoonderwoerd, Et Al


Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 24   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme CorréasClaude MauryVincent DeliauAlain Gabriel,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though Berlioz’s mélodies have attracted only sporadic attention over the decades, most of it has been first-rate, beginning with a venerable 1968 go at the nine numbers on poems by Thomas Moore, which the composer put together as Irlande, op. 2, featuring April Cantelo, Helen Watts, Robert Tear, Richard Salter, Viola Tunnard, and the Monteverdi Choir directed by the young John Eliot Gardiner (L’Oiseau-lyre SOL 305). If this made it to CDs, I missed it. A splendid 1996 collection featuring Françoise Pollet, Anne Sofie von Otter, John Aler, and Thomas Allen, accompanied by Cord Garben and a number of assisting choristers and instrumentalists (horn, harp, guitar, cello, castanets), included 20 more numbers in addition to Read more Irlande—unknown or occasionally heard—to afford the most searching take on the young, intimate Berlioz on discs (Deutsche Grammophon 435 860). And if you missed it, that eminently desirable but now available only as part of a 10-CD catchall, “The Berlioz Experience” (Deutsche Grammophon 000 120 502), though well worth tracking down in its original two-disc format.

If the present collection does not compete in sheer star power, these serviceable, spirited performances demonstrate that it is not needed. Jérôme Correas leads with a slightly nasal but not unpleasant light baritone and an appropriately bluff degree of involvement for what is, after all, salon fare. Petite oiseau, by the way, appears to be a net discographic gain. The assisting artists are fresh-voiced, accomplished, and fine without exception, lending the proceedings a verisimilitudinous touch of conviviality. And Schoonderwoerd’s 1836 Pleyel—with its luminous treble and transparent bass—colors all with a quaint touch suggesting what being there might have been like for the listeners and participants of Berlioz’s day. Sound is immediate, voices forward, with only its spaciousness telling against an aura of home music-making. Alpha’s open-out cardboard sleeve, fetching reproduction of Raymond Bonheur’s Paysage Romantique, richly informed liner copy, and poems with translations confect a final elegance. Enthusiastically recommended.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 4, La belle voyageuse by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Claude Maury (French Horn), Vincent Deliau (Baritone),
Jérôme Corréas (Baritone), Alain Gabriel (Tenor), Marie-bénédicte Souquet (Soprano),
Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Christophe Coin (Cello), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano),
Claire Brua (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 7, L'Origine de la harpe by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Le chasseur danois, Op. 19 no 6 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 5, Chanson à boire by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Alain Gabriel (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 8, Adieu, Bessy! by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Petit oiseau, Op. 13 no 2 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1849; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Le jeune pâtre breton, Op. 13 no 4 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Claude Maury (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 3, Chant guerrier by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Alain Gabriel (Tenor), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Les champs, Op. 19 no 2 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1834; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10.
Le chant des bretons, Op. 13 no 5 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Le matin, Op. 13 no 1 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1849; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 1, Le coucher du soleil by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Premier transports by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 9, Elégie en prose by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 6, Chant sacré by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Claire Brua (Mezzo Soprano), Marie-bénédicte Souquet (Soprano), Vincent Deliau (Baritone),
Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Jérôme Corréas (Bass Baritone), Jean-François Lombard (Tenor),
Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Sound Samples

9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 4. La Belle Voyageuse
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 7. L'Origine de la Harpe
Le chasseur danois: Le Chasseur Danois
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande" (arr. for 2 solo voices): 9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 5. Chanson a boire (arr. for 2 solo voices)
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 8. Adieu Bessy
Petit oiseau, Op. 13, No. 2: Fleurs des landes, Op. 13: No. 2. Petit Oiseau
Le jeune patre breton, Op. 13, No. 4: Fleurs des landes, Op. 13: No. 4. Le Jeune Patre Breton (La Paysan breton)
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande" (arr. for 2 solo voices): 9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 3. Chant guerrier (arr. for 2 solo voices)
Feuillets d'album, Op. 19 (text by P.J. de Beranger): Feuillets d'album, Op. 19: No. 2. Les Champs
Le jeune patre breton, Op. 13, No. 4: No. 5. Le Chant des Bretons
Le jeune patre breton, Op. 13, No. 4: No. 1. Le Matin
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 1. Le Coucher du Soleil
Romeo et Juliette, Op. 17: Romeo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet), Op. 17: I. Introduction: Strophes: Premier Transports
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 9. Elegie (en prose)
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 6. Chant Sacre

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