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Berlioz: Les Nuits D' Été; Fauré / David Daniels, Et Al


Release Date: 05/04/2004 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45646   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozMaurice RavelGabriel Fauré
Performer:  David DanielsRichard VielleDaniel ArrignonGuillaume Paoletti,   ... 
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After the initial shock of hearing a countertenor, or male alto, in this fare, the album will grow on you. David Daniels’s instrument ranges from sultry to bright, but always richly textured and superbly controlled. Couched in suavely polished orchestral work spirited up by John Nelson—a deftly marvelous conductor who should be far better known—Daniels turns in an exquisitely expressive Nuits d’été (for once, “Sur les lagunes” is vocally encompassed without forcing at the extremities), a debonair and nuance dimpled Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, and ravishing accounts of the three Fauré mélodies, made irresistible by Gil Shohat’s sumptuous orchestral arrangements. The notion of interspersing vocals Read more with orchestral pieces is a winner—if the Ravel and Fauré works are overly familiar, Nelson’s gratifying melding of flair with high finish makes them new. The pantomime from Les Troyens, on the other hand, is caviar to the general. Amid the festivities celebrating the Greeks’ departure, Hector’s widow and son appear to a muted orchestral accompaniment, place a memorial offering on the altar, and step before Priam for his blessing to a long, finely drawn, appassionato clarinet solo of which Jacques Barzun remarked, “Berlioz’ conception, poignantly brief, limns the irrevocable woes of war with greater force and finality than the loudest lament that could be said or sung.” Nelson and clarinetist Richard Vielle capture its haunted, haunting aura. Sound is glowingly immediate and detailed within a spacious aural frame. Different, but superbly accomplished and enthusiastically recommended.

Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 30 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Les troyens: Andromaque et son fils! by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Richard Vielle (Clarinet), David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Mélodies populaires grecques (5) by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composer: Maurice Ravel. 
4.
Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 2, En sourdine by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Daniel Arrignon (Oboe), David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Gil Shohat. 
5.
Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 1, Mandoline by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Daniel Arrignon (Oboe), David Daniels (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Gil Shohat. 
6.
Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor), Daniel Arrignon (Oboe)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Gil Shohat. 
7.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Guillaume Paoletti (Cello)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Daniel Catalanotti (French Horn)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musical de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1910 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Amzaing Countertenor Performance August 8, 2013 By Judith Tischler (Pomona, NY) See All My Reviews "Although I have heard all of these works performed by mezzo soprano, I have never heard them performed by a countertenor. The performance was absolutely superb. I understand from my mezzo soprano friends that he is the best of the best countertenors. I am so pleased that I was able to purchase this recording and I recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in Frenchy vocal music." Report Abuse
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