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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De Perles / Fournet, Simoneau, Alarie


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 520202   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Performer:  Pierrette AlarieLéopold SimoneauRené BiancoXavier Depraz
Conductor:  Jean Fournet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association OrchestraElisabeth Brasseur Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

We could hardly expect the Company to advertize their recording as being 'of the now discredited text', but possibly some reference to textual matters might have been included in the note. The point is that the set deserves to be strongly recommended, but in terms that must be explicit: it could not be a 'building a library' choice for the opera because it is not in fact Les pecheurs de perles as it is now known; instead, it is the performing version that was in general use till comparatively recent times when the original score was re-examined, found to be different in important respects, edited and eventually heard in recordings such as the EMI (1/90) and Read more href="http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=142819">1978 Classics for Pleasure (10/91) versions. Yet I should think that the fonder you are of the opera, the less willing you would be to part with this performance.

Conducted and played by musicians who could do it in their sleep, the music is treated with both alertness and affection. The chorus has, by the sound of it, some indispensable veterans in the midst, but here too is conviction and a feeling for idiom. The great asset is the tenor, Leopold Simoneau, who, on each playing, is found to be even better than remembered. Not that he is unnaturally perfect: he had a habit of taking certain notes from below, but there is not much of that here until the high Bs of ''Je crois entendre encore'', while the first test of such matters, at the start of the famous ''Au fond du temple saint'' duet, is triumphantly passed. In the offstage song he is a model of elegance and in ''Ton coeur n'a pas compris'' he is weli matched by his wife, Pierrette Alarie whose small but pure soprano is another of the delights.

-- Gramophone [10/1993]
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Works on This Recording

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Les pêcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Pierrette Alarie (Soprano), Léopold Simoneau (Tenor), René Bianco (Baritone),
Xavier Depraz (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Fournet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1953 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Les pêcheurs de perles: Prélude
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.1 Introduction: a) Choeur: "Sur la grève en feu"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.1 Introduction: b) Scène et Choeur: "Amis, interrompez vos danses"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.1 Introduction: c) Récit et reprise du choeur dansé: "Demeure parmi nous, Nadir"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.2 a) Récit: "C'est toi, toi qu'enfin fe revois!"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.2 b) Duo: "Au fond du temple saint"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.3 a) Récit: "Que vois-je?"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.3 b) Choeur: "Sois la bienvenue"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.3 c) Scène et Choeur: "Seule au milieu de nous"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.4 a) Récit: "A cette voix"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: "Je crois entendre encore"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.5 Finale: a) Scène et Choeur: "Le ciel est bleu"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: No.5 Finale: b) Air et Choeur: "O dieu Brahma"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 2: No.6 Entr'acte, Choeur et Scène: "L'ombre descend des cieux"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 2: No.7 Récit et Cavatine: "Me voilà seule dans la nuit"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 2: No.8 Chanson: "De mon amie, fleur endormie"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 2: No.9 Duo: "Léïla! Léïla! Dieu puissant"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 2: No.10 Finale: "Ah, revenez à la raison!"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 1: No.11 Entr'acte, Récit et Air: "L'orage s'est calmé"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 1: No.12 a) Récit: "Qu'ai-je vu?"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 1: No.12 b) Duo: "Je frémis, je chancelle"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 1: No.12 c) Scéne: "Entends au loin ce bruit de fête"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 2: No.13 Choeur dansé: "Dès que le soleil"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 2: No.14 Scène et Choeur: "Sombres divinités"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 2: No.15 Trio: "O lumière sainte"
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 3: Tableau 2: No.16 Finale: "Ce sont eux, les voici!"

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