Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Berlioz: Vocal Works With Orchestra / Cambreling, Aikin, Poulson, Swr Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, Et Al


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93210   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura AikinLani Poulson
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony OrchestraStuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



BERLIOZ Mélodies irlandaises: La belle voyageuse; 2,6 Chant sacre; 3,5,6 Hélène. 5,6 La captive. 2,6 La jeune pâtre Breton. 1,6 Zaïde. 1,6 Sara la baigneuse. 2,6 Tristia: Read more class="ARIAL12i">Méditation religieuse; La mort d’Ophélie; Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d’Hamlet. 5,6 Le ballet des ombres 4,5 Sylvain Cambreling, cond; Laura Aikin (sop); 1 Lani Poulson (mez); 2 Alexander Yudenkov (ten); 3 Florian Hölscher (pn); 4 Southwest German R Vocal Ens Stuttgart; 5 Southwest German RSO Baden-Baden/Freiburg 6 HÄNSSLER 93.210 (61:24)


Berlioz’s seldom heard arrangement of Sara la baigneuse for two female voices is a piquant novelty, while everything else in Cambreling’s program has appeared on CDs before, occasionally several times. The Tristia collection, for instance, has become a favorite, recorded as a pendent to John Eliot Gardiner’s tilt at Harold en Italie , Boulez’s Fantastique , and Dutoit’s Fantastique/Lélio (Decca 458 011, Fanfare 25:4), to say nothing of Plasson’s go, in a fine collection of choral works and cantatas (EMI 57499, Fanfare 27: 5), or the classic performances of Sir Colin Davis. Dutoit finds more emotional depth in these pieces than does Cambreling, lending the “Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d’Hamlet,” for instance, a somber dignity scanted in other tilts, where Horatio’s direction to bear Hamlet’s corpse to the stage is seemingly accomplished in track shoes. Chez Cambreling, we trade dignity for dramatics, quite effective, whatever else one may feel about it. Le ballet des ombres is an anomaly—the only piece lacking an orchestration. Its lagging tempo is a creepy-crawly take on the macabre, where Bernard Tetu’s rendering, in a pioneering and divinatory collection of Berlioz’s choral fare with piano accompaniment from two decades ago, spooks up a surer frisson at a skipping gait (Harmonia Mundi 901293, Fanfare 13:2). Which is to say that if you’ve collected this fare, you’re probably sitting on favorite readings that these may rival but not always eclipse. On the other hand, these are serviceable performances given with straightforward commitment, graced with fresh young voices, and couched in close, crisply detailed, gutsy sound. The only false note is the absence of English translations—liner copy was felt worthy of English translation but the poems are given in French and German only. How odd. Recommended, anyway.


FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 4, La belle voyageuse by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
2.
La captive, Op. 12 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; France 
3.
Le jeune pâtre breton, Op. 13 no 4 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; France 
4.
Zaïde, Op. 19 no 1 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; France 
5.
Sara la baigneuse, Op. 11 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834/1850; France 
6.
Tristia, Op. 18 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831/1848; France 
7.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 6, Chant sacré by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
8.
Mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2: no 2, Hélène by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
9.
Le ballet des ombres, Op. 2 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Laura Aikin (Soprano), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 

Sound Samples

9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 4. La Belle Voyageuse
La captive, orientale, Op. 12: La captive, Op. 12
Le jeune patre breton, Op. 13, No. 4: Fleurs des landes, Op. 13: No. 4. Le Jeune Patre Breton
Feuillets d'album, Op. 19: No. 1. Zaide (version for soprano and orchestra)
Sara la baigneuse, Op. 11
Tristia, Op. 18: No. 1. Meditation religieuse
Tristia, Op. 18: No. 2. La mort d'Ophelie
Tristia, Op. 18: No. 3. Marche funebre pour la derniere scene d'Hamlet
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 6. Chant sacre
9 Melodies, Op. 2, "Irlande": No. 2. Helene
Le ballet des ombres

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In