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Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Ete, La Captive, Le Jeune Patre Breton / Eleanor Steber


Release Date: 10/01/1996 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62356   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozJohann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Eleanor Steber
Conductor:  Dimitri MitropoulosJean Paul MorelMax Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eleanor Steber's 1954 recording of Les Nuits d'été, brilliantly conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos, has long been famous, and now sounds better than ever in this superbly remastered recording. The music fits her voice beautifully, and although her French is not idiomatic, her power and conviction must sweep all reservations aside. Steber's singing of the three Berlioz songs is equally fine—I was especially moved by Le jeune pâtre breton.

The “sacred arias“ selections recorded in 1951, when Steber's voice was shiningly pure, have a charmingly Victorian flavor to them, and they are sung with impeccable diction. There is no better recording of the Creation aria in the catalog.

As with the other
Read more entries in the Masterworks Heritage series, the album is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears, but it is a pity that no texts and translations were included, especially of the Berlioz material.

-- James Camner, FANFARE [1/1997] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Language: French 
2.
La captive, Op. 12 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; France 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Language: French 
3.
Le jeune pâtre breton, Op. 13 no 4 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; France 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Language: French 
4.
Zaïde, Op. 19 no 1 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; France 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Language: French 
5.
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68: no 2, Mein gläubiges Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
6.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 3, Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Language: English 
8.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: And God said... With verdure by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Language: English 
9.
Elijah, Op. 70: Hear ye, Israel by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Language: English 

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