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Natalie Dessay - French Opera Arias - Ambroise Thomas, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Jacques Offenbach, Emmanuel Bondeville, Emmanuel Chabrier, Darius Milhaud, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Charles Gounod, Henri Sauguet, Patrick Fournillier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Natalie Dessay, Charles Burles. Customer review - "Natalie Dessay is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive coloratura sopranos of this century. And there is no better way to experience her voice and artistry than to hear her singing in her native tongue. This CD presents Dessay in a refreshing presentation of arias from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, combining both well known music with some more modern rarities. The recital begins by presenting the soprano in music that fits her like a glove, "Où va la jeune indoue", the Bell Song from Delibes 'Lakmé'. It is a joy to hear Dessay creating a dreamy atmosphere, with full attention to the words and fearless in her attack of stacatti and high notes. She even sings the final high E in a crescendo. This CD is high note feast, up to a sustained high A flat in "Ombre légère" from Meyerbeer's 'Le Pardon de Ploermel'. However, the stratopheric high notes are only part of the assets of Dessay. She is also willing to concentrate on character, something specially evident in the pieces from more modern operas. In "Arrière! Je réchaufe les bons" from Ravel's 'L'enfant et les sortilèges' her use of portamento makes this Fire commanding and menacing. Another delight is the feminist aria "No Monsieur mon mari" from 'Les Mammelles de Tirésias'by Poulenc she is a dynamo of energy and humor. Her Olympia and Ophélie are in the tradition of the great French coloratura sopranos like Pons, Robin and Mesplé. The CD ends beautifully with a sweet and poetic rendition of "O, amour, mystérieux amour", an unknown jewel from 'Les Caprices de Marianne' by Sauguet. This aria ends the recital in a high note both literally and metaphorically, with Dessay in a spectacular cadenza with pin point stacattos and a stunning high E than begins softly then goes louder until it goes again to pianissimo. The Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo conducted by Patrick Fournillier complement Dessay's artistry beautifully. There are no weak point on this recital: these are sixty five minutes of pure joy."

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1) Lakme - Acte II: Air Des Clochettes : (Ou Va la Jeune Indoue)
2) Le Rol Malgre Lul - Acte II: Chanson Tzigane : 'Il Est Un Vieux Chant de Boheme'
3) L'eole Des Maris: Air Du Feu : 'Arriere ! Je Rechauffe Les Bons'
4) Le Pardan de Ploermel: Air : 'Ombre Legere'
5) L'ecole Des Maris - Acte II: 'O Ciel Pardonne Encore... de Tout Temps la Gent Masculine'
6) Hamlet - Acte IV: Scene de la Folie : 'A Vos Jeux Mes Amis'
7) Medee: Premier Tableau - Air : 'Chers Corinthiens' - Creuse
8) Les Contes D'hoffmann - Acte II: Chanson : 'Les Oiseaux Dans la Charmille' - Olympia
9) Les Mamelles de Tlreslas - Acte I: Scene : 'Non Monsieur Mon Mari' Therese
10) Mirillle - Acte I: Valse-Ariette : 'O Legere Hirondelle' - Mireille
11) Les Caprices de Marlanne - Acte I: Air : 'O Amour Mysterieux Armour' - Marianne

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