Dellbes, Chabrler, Ravel, Meyerbeer, Bondevllle, Thomas, Mllhaud, Offenbach, Poulenc, Gounod & Sauguet

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COMPOSERS: Bondevllle,Chabrler,Dellbes,Gounod & Sauguet,Meyerbeer,Mllhaud,Offenbach,Poulenc,Ravel,Thomas
LABELS: EMI
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: French Opera Arias
WORKS: Arias from operas by Dellbes, Chabrler, Ravel, Meyerbeer, Bondevllle, Thomas, Mllhaud, Offenbach, Poulenc, Gounod & Sauguet
PERFORMER: Natalie Dessay; Monte Carlo PO/Patrick Fournillier
CATALOGUE NO: CDC 5 56159 2
Dessay gives a superbly enjoyable display of her dazzling coloratura soprano voice, her immense technical skills enabling her to realise the potential of this golden instrument.

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Her chosen repertoire makes for an exciting programme in which we hear some welcome lollipops – by Delibes, Offenbach, Chabrier and Meyerbeer — and many less well-known arias and scenas by Thomas, Poulenc, Milhaud, Bondeville and Sauguet. Ophelia’s mad scene from Thomas’s Hamlet is a tour deforce and the fiendishly difficult Milhaud is exquisitely crafted. As Gounod’s Mireille, Dessay weaves a delicacy and * playfulness into her creamy lines and as Delibes’s Lakme’ her vocal pyrotechnics spin to mesmerising effect.

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There are only two slightly harsh and unfocused notes in the entire performance. This disc is an absolute treat! Elise McDougall