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Berlioz: Les Nuits D'ete / Ravel: Sheherazade / Debussy / Poulenc Original recording remastered


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listen  1. Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 1. VillanelleL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 2. Le spectre de la roseL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 3. Sur les lagunesL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 4. AbsenceL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 5. Au cimetière (claire de lune)L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 6. L'île inconnueL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Shéhérazade - Sur des Vers de Tristan Klingsor - 1. AsieL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Shéhérazade - Sur des Vers de Tristan Klingsor - 2. La flûte enchantéeL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Shéhérazade - Sur des Vers de Tristan Klingsor - 3. L'indifférentL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis, L.90 - 1. La flûte de PanRégine Crespin 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis, L.90 - 2. La chevelureRégine Crespin 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis, L.90 - 3. Le tombeau des NaïadesRégine Crespin 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Poulenc: Banalités - Chanson d'OrkeniseRégine Crespin 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Poulenc: Banalités - HôtelRégine Crespin 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Poulenc: La Courte Paille - 6. Le CarafonRégine Crespin 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Poulenc: La Courte Paille - 3. La reine de coeurRégine Crespin 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Poulenc: Chansons villageoises - 2. Les gars qui vont à la fêteRégine Crespin 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Poulenc: Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon - 1. "C"Régine Crespin 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Poulenc: Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon - 2. Fêtes galantesRégine Crespin 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: John Wustman, Régine Crespin
  • Orchestra: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000JXZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here is a great French artist singing the songs of her native country in her native language, with the natural inflection and empathy of one to the manner born. Her voice is beautiful, pure throughout a huge range, focused, intense, infinitely nuanced; she can make it float ethereally or glow with a shimmering radiance, brighten and darken it and carry on two-way conversations. Identifying complete with each song, she communicates its mood, atmosphere, character, expression. She captures the pensive dreaminess, plaintive yearning, outpouring of grief and lamentation, as well as the gaiety and lighthearted teasing of Berlioz' many-faceted Les Nuits d'Été. In Ravel's Shéhérazade, her voice becomes part of the exotic, languidly oriental atmosphere created by the lush, sensuous, glittering orchestration, surging up with the sweeping buildups to thrilling climactic high Gs and B-flats, matching the tremulous flute solo in the second song. The orchestra plays wonderfully, exploiting Ravel's infinitely imaginative, vivid coloration to the utmost. Crespin evokes the secretive intimacy, dream-drugged passion and ice-bound rigidity of Debussy's Songs of Bilitis. In the Poulenc songs, the contrast between the almost tear-choked mournfulness and the frolicking humor is riveting. John Wustman's splendid partnering adds greatly to the enchantment of this delightful recording. --Edith Eisler

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This is a must-collect album from any point of view you regard it.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
I now listen to this performance wherever I can: at home, in my car and with anyone who will take the time to enjoy it with me.
Larry A. Verdugo
The voice of Regine Crespin is so clear, so subtle, you are drawn into the music and listen from within.
A.E.D.M. van Thiel

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This disc is no doubt a tour de force performance of Berlioz's much beloved song-cycle. Among the few so-called classic recordings of this work, I personally find Janet Baker's version over-rated. While tackling the dramatic force of the score brilliantly, Baker's voice nonetheless seems too heavy for these ethereal, dreamy songs. The one recording that rivals Crespin -- not her unsurpassed French flavor, but in terms of overall expressiveness -- is Victoria de los Angeles's artfully direct, touching singing with Charles Munch -- if only it could be properly remastered!!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Verdugo on March 3, 2004
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Many might argue with my view of Berlioz' "Les Nuit d'Ete." I've never warmed to the piece in the past and even Crespin's voice cannot change my mind on the matter. I can only revel in her stunningly perfect singing which is truly a pleasure. Immediately following, however, is Ravel's "Scheherazade" and it is for this striking cycle that this CD is invaluable. Crespin presents each of these three songs with effortless legato, lovely piannissimi, dramatic dynamics and endless colors. I now listen to this performance wherever I can: at home, in my car and with anyone who will take the time to enjoy it with me. At the same time, I would not want to give up my recording by another great soprano Victoria de los Angeles. The latter, while not as vocally perfect, provides an even greater degree of verbal expressiveness and variety. Even so, Crespin's performance provides different and equal rewards. Fortunately, I can have both discs in my collection. I warmly recommend them to yours.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kele Agi on April 29, 2004
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Regine Crespin is so clear, so subtle, you are drawn into the music and listen from within. With confidence, I recommend everything in her repetoire. Yes, many titles but most especially "La Spectre de la Rose" Unduplicated yet.

Kele Agi
New York, NY 2005
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A.E.D.M. van Thiel on December 11, 2003
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The voice of Regine Crespin is so clear, so subtle, you are drawn into the music and listen from within. I recommend this title but most especially "La Spectre de la Rose", which is the absolute top.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2001
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When I listened to this disc, I was so impressed at the quality of recording and the beauty of Regine Crespin's singing. Crespin's singing is very beautiful! Her voice has warmth like that of Flagstad in her prime time or that of Renee Fleming, and beauty. Of course, Ansermet's conducting is very beautiful. You can enjoy the wonderful world of French chanson. Believe me! If you can't believe in what I said, you try it. You also feel the beauty. This "Les Nuits d'ete" is the best one, I think. (Of course, there are many wonderful recordings, I know. But I have never heard better version than this one.) And this price...you won't regret to buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Isnogud-der-Grosswesir on September 3, 1999
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Crespin's interpretations of Berlioz and Ravel are not only immensely beautiful but also incredibly intelligent.
Just listen to her phrasing and wording and get carried away. Noone does it better!!!
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