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Chant d'amour: Mélodies française

Georges Bizet , Maurice Ravel , Pauline Viardot , Hector Berlioz , Léo Delibes , Cecilia Bartoli , Myung-Whun Chung Audio CD
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listen  1. Bizet: Chant d'amourCecilia Bartoli 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Bizet: Ouvre ton coeur - BoleroCecilia Bartoli 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bizet: Adieux de l'hôtesse arabeCecilia Bartoli 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bizet: TarantelleCecilia Bartoli 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bizet: La CoccinelleCecilia Bartoli 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Delibes: Les filles de CadixCecilia Bartoli 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Viardot: Hai luliCecilia Bartoli 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Viardot: HavanaiseCecilia Bartoli 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Viardot: Les filles de CadixCecilia Bartoli 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Berlioz: Tristia, Op.18 - 2. La mort d'Ophélie. BalladeCecilia Bartoli 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Berlioz: Zaïde, Op.19, No.1Cecilia Bartoli 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: Chants Populaires - 2. Chanson françaiseCecilia Bartoli 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ravel: Chants Populaires - 1. Chanson espagnoleCecilia Bartoli 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ravel: Chants Populaires - 3. Chanson italienneCecilia Bartoli 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ravel: Chants Populaires - 4. Chanson hébraïqueCecilia Bartoli 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ravel: Vocalise - Étude (en forme de habanera)Cecilia Bartoli 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ravel: 2 Mélodies hébraïques - 1. KaddischCecilia Bartoli 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ravel: 2 Mélodies hébraïques - 2. L'énigme éternelleCecilia Bartoli 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Ravel: TripatosCecilia Bartoli 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, Myung-Whun Chung
  • Composer: Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel, Pauline Viardot, Hector Berlioz, Léo Delibes
  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000429N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This recording is well worth hearing. Bartoli has chosen some beautiful songs, many of which are not often heard, and given careful thought to presenting them with character. Particularly fun are songs like "La Coccinelle" and "Chanson hebraique" where she creates highly distinctive sounds in her own voice for multiple characters. I have just one reservation about her technique. She can produce a warm, resonant sound, but she can also slip into breathiness. Sung into a microphone this sound can be pretty and expressive, and it works if you think of it in the context of pop music. The sound is never ugly to my ears, but listeners who admire a consistent classical technique may be put off. Some of this repertoire has been recorded by Victoria de los Angeles, Conchita Supervia, and Felicity Lott (among others), and I can recommend those performances to classical purists. But, where else are you going to hear the Pauline Viardot songs that are on this CD?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chant D'Amour; Breathless bel canto August 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Maybe a Bartoli fan, such as I, shouldn't be allowed to comment on this is so obviously a showcase for Cecilia's many strengths as a vocal interpreter. While pacing could benefit from input from a more contemporary producer, Bartoli manages, in her customary, seemingly effortless way, to elicit every possible shade and nuance from some very beautiful, if sometimes somewhat esoteric (Chants hebraiques) material. It is, I believe, without question, a fact that Pauline Viardot-Garcia's touching "L'havanaise" today belongs only to Bartoli. "Ouvre to coeur" is a plea no man can resist; Bizet's oft-malperformed "Tarantelle" seems finally cohesive in her playful rendition. A difficult piece, to be sure, but one would never know this listening to Bartoli's confident treatment. While there are several stand-out pieces on this disc, Ravel's "Chanson francaise" sums up this album's style nicely....Bel Canto; Beautiful Song.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice New Direction August 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album for me represents a comeback after her dissapointing collection of Italian songs with James Levine. I had high expectations for that outing, her supposed core repertoire, but here she seems to buckle down and dot i's and cross t's in this effort. The recital starts with the simple and slight Bizet and Delibes and the even airier Viardot before jelling in the Berlioz and Ravel. Here she surprised me -- this is a bit out of her line. By playing it straight I think she will surprise detractors and others (like me) on the fence.As for the breathiness, it is toned down from earlier recitals, believe me. A very enjoyable and well-programmed recital which I give a fourth star strictly for the Viardot -- where else are we to hear these striking if not classic songs?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection September 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I heard one song from this album and decided to give it a try, and it was a great surprise for me. Great collection and Cecilia's singing is simply beautiful, without any of these strange mannerisms that sometimes show up in her performances. Her sound is still fairly breathy, but that does not detract at all from the wonderful delivery, and she is great at putting colors and different characters into her voice.
I certainly didn't think of Cecialia Bartoli as champion of the French song; I like Veronique Gens for this type of repertoire, but I was not familiar with Pauline Viardot-Garcia's songs, and I am glad that I discovered them, thanks to Cecilia. This album has many songs which were not recorded often, and it's great to see so much effort put into choosing a unique and wonderful collection like this one.
Just listen to Havanaise, which is a great introduction to this album and a real beauty in Cecilia's commited interpretation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my introduction to Cecilia Bartoli..... June 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful albums of classical music I own in my collection. Cecilia Bartoli, born in Rome, Italy, in 1966, is one of the most beautiful contemporary opera singers of today (in my opinion and in the opinion of others). What makes her stand apart from other singers is her gorgeous interpretation of baroque and well known art songs. On CHANT D'AMOUR (MELODIES FRANCAISE), with Myung-Whung Chung, her pianist, Bartoli takes on some beautiful lesser known tunes by Bizet ("Chant D'Amour," as an example) and other composers. Be it more upbeat music ("Ouvre Ton Coeur") or slower love ballads ("Hai luli!"), Bartoli OWNS these songs. There is a great range of tunes, that include Arabic and Spanish inspired pieces, in the French language. I've had this album for at least fifteen years, and I still hold these songs close to my heart after all of this time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Bartoli collections. Buy It! June 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
'Chant D'Amour' by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, with piano accompaniest, Myung-Yhun Chung is one of my two favorite Bartoli recordings. To be sure, her voice is every bit as marvelous and beautiful as on her collections of operatic selections or her live albums such as 'Live in Italy', but this recording, and her recording of Italian love songs has an intimacy which makes it feel as if Mme. Bartoli is singing just for me. This impression is heightened by the fact that many of her selections, such as the one by Leo Delibes and the three by Pauline Viardot are not commonly found on collections by other performers. And, her interpretations seem to have a lot of unusual effects not found in the work of other mezzos doing more Teutonic material.

As with almost all of my classical music reviews, this is based purely on my personal reaction to the performance. And, if I were to recommend an excellent first purchase of Cecilia Bartoli material, this would be it!
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