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Gounod - Roméo et Juliette [Box set]

Charles Gounod , Leonard Slatkin , Münchner Rundfunkorchester , Plácido Domingo , Ruth Ann Swenson , Alastair Miles , Kurt Ollmann , Susan Graham , Alain Vernhes Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Roméo et Juliette/"Vérone vit jadis deux familles rivales..." (Prologue)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Roméo et Juliette/"L'heure s'envole..." (Introduction)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin10:48$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Roméo et Juliette/"Enfin la place est libre, amis!" (Récitatif)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Roméo et Juliette/"Mab, la reine des mensonges..." (Ballade de la reine Mab)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Kurt Ollmann;Leonard Slatkin 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Roméo et Juliette/"Eh bien que l'avertissement me vienne de Mab..." (Récitatif and Scène)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Roméo et Juliette/"Ah! Je veux vivre dans le reve..." (Ariette)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Roméo et Juliette/"Le nom de cette belle enfant?" (Récitatif)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Roméo et Juliette/ "Ange adorable..." (Madrigal)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Roméo et Juliette/"Quelqu'un!" (Finale)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Roméo et Juliette/"O nuit! sous tes ailes obscures..." (Entracte and Choeur)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Roméo et Juliette/"L'amour, l'amour! Qui, son ardeur a troublé..." (Cavatine)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Roméo et Juliette/"Hélas: moi, le hair!..." (Scène and Choeurs)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 8:32$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen13. Roméo et Juliette/"O nuit divine! je t'implore!..." (Duo)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 8:23$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen14. Roméo et Juliette/"Mon père! Dieu vous garde!..." (Entracte and Scène)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Roméo et Juliette/"Dieu qui fis l'homme à ton image!" (Trio and Quatuor)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Roméo et Juliette/"Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maitre!" (Chanson)Leonard Slatkin 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Roméo et Juliette/"Ah! Ah! voici nos gens!" (Finale)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Roméo et Juliette/"Que le diable..." (Finale des duels)Leonard Slatkin;Placido Domingo11:11$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Roméo et Juliette/"Va! je t'ai pardonné..." (Duo)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin13:42$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Roméo et Juliette/"Ah! le ciel soit loué! ..." (Quatuor)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Roméo et Juliette/"Mon père! Tout m'accable!" (Scène)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Roméo et Juliette/"Dieu! Quel frisson court dans mes veines!" (Scène and Air)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Roméo et Juliette/"Ma fille, cède aux voeux..." (Finale)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Roméo et Juliette/EntractePlacido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Roméo et Juliette/"Eh! bien! ma lettre à Roméo?" (Scène)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Roméo et Juliette/Le sommeil de JuliettePlacido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Roméo et Juliette/"C'est là... Salut! tombeau sombre et silencieux!" (Scène and Duo)Placido Domingo;Ruth Ann Swenson;Leonard Slatkin16:55$2.97  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Plácido Domingo, Ruth Ann Swenson, Alastair Miles, Kurt Ollmann, Susan Graham, et al.
  • Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Composer: Charles Gounod
  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous performances in a lovely opera September 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Though not as familiar as "Faust", Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" is almost as dramatic, passionate and melodic, and this 2 CD set has an ideal cast. Placido Domingo (who has also recorded a magnificent "Faust") was 54 at the time, but he sounds extremely youthful and tenderly in love, with a vibrant vigor in his voice that makes him a believable Romeo, and as Juliette, Ruth Ann Swenson is extraordinary, with sweetness in her tone, high notes that seem to float in the air, clear trills, and exquisite pianissimos.

Written eight years after "Faust", "Romeo et Juliette" has some thematic similarities, and as the liner notes explain, Gounod was looking for a composition to be as successful as his earlier opera for the Paris Exposition of 1867; out of the two, I still prefer "Faust", but this is a terrific opera, and Gounod received much acclaim for it in its debut at the Theatre-Lyric, even though it was getting some stiff competition at the nearby Opera, which was premiering Verdi's "Don Carlo".

One cannot imagine a finer performance then the one captured on these 2 discs; Leonard Slatkin keeps the tempos flowing, and rounding out the cast are Susan Graham, marvelous in the "trouser" or "castrato" role of Stephano (a character not part of Shakespeare's play), Sarah Walker as Gertrude, Alastair Miles as Friar Lawrence, and Paul Charles Clarke as Tybalt, among the many wonderful singers.

The insert booklet is in 4 languages (French/English/German/Italian), and along with the liner notes has bios of the stars, synopsis, and libretto.

Recorded in Munich in 1995, the sound is excellent and total playing time is: Disc 1, 76'44, and Disc 2, 79'15.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very balanced recording highlighted by a superb Swenson September 9, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
A very balanced recording, with a superb Swenson performance. Domingo's voice , though understandably more compelling in the past,, provides estimable support with only a few minor breaks. There is little to quibble about regarding the orchestra and conductor - the tone and pace are entireably agreeable . The most recent Plasson recording benefits from of a cleaner, French speaking chorus, and Alagna's youthful lyricism may appeal to those not inclined to the mature drama of Domingo's rendition. On blance, though, the RCA recording has a stellar soprano in fine form, balance, and represents a bargain (condensing the opera onto two disks).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expressive sweetness March 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This set has lots of terrific things going for it. Ruth Ann Swenson is a creamy voiced Juliette. She sings with expressive sweetness and is particularly touching in the final scene. Domingo is a bit dark-voiced for the role of young Romeo but he makes up for it in the sheer beauty of his phrasing and in his passionate portrayal. Susan Graham's blithe Stephano is a pure delight. The duets between the ill-fated lovers are meltingly lovely. A gorgeously sung recording of Gounod's masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Too Long Neglected Opera February 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Charles Gounod is best known for his FAUST that is in the repertoire of every major opera house while his equally beautiful and dramatically stirring ROMEO ET JULIETTE finds performances mainly in Europe. Hopefully, with this excellent recording, the public demand will be alerted to another treasure and we will be hearing this work more frequently.

Gounod's adaptation of the Shakespeare play is one of the finest in opera: Bellini's 'I Capuleti et i Montecchi' is a lovely work but is more a showcase for two sopranos than a rendering of the passion of doomed lovers. Yes, there are known arias - especially Juliette's Waltz - but for the most part this opera is drama driven with lyrical writing for both demanding roles of the two lovers. To be credible on stage these artists must have not only agile and bravura vocal powers, but be physically believable as teenage lovers. Yes, thankfully it is possible to have it all, as this season's LA Opera production starring Rolando Villazon and Anna Netrebko proves: I cannot imagine there being two finer interpreters of this score than those embodied in the physically beautiful and radiantly young Villazon and Netrebko. They are magical and memorable in every way.

Thanks to the recording studio these two teenage lovers have been successfully captured by Placido Domingo and Ruth Ann Swenson. This is consummate singing with a sense of urgency rarely found on a recording. The smaller roles are well sung by Susan Graham (a handsome Stephano), Alastair Miles (a perfect Fr. Lawrence) and the remainder of the cast. The chorus is full-bodied and if they don't sound quintessentially French..well, no bother. Leonard Slatkin has a fine sense of the drama and the doom that inevitably ends this love story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Opera Of Tragic Romance Does Shakespeare Justice March 17, 2003
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William Shakespeare's plays have long inspired literature and music, and never was this more true than in the Romantic movement of the 19th century. Tchaikovsky composed Hamlet Overture and Romeo and Juliet overture, Ambrose Thomas composed Hamlet as an opera, while Hector Berlioz composed his own version of the tragic "Romeo and Juliet" as an opera. But Charles Gounod did an incredible work of art and did justice to the Bard's most romantic and tragic play. As a French opera, Romeo and Juliet is unbelievably romantic, emotional and deeply moving. The lyrics and the lush voices, particularily in this recording, is the definition of drama, good taste and opera.
Placido Domingo portrays the love-struck Romeo, and with tremendous success. His dark, handsome looks fit the role perfectly, his rich, powerful, but contained, romantic and lyric tenor voice is so convincing and so captivating, we realize that he is not only singing, but acting and doing a really great performance. Placido Domingo was the perfect choice for the lead role of Romeo and the tragic deat at the end is well delivered. Placido's French diction is superb, he sings with grace and style
Ruth Ann Swenson, an American soprano, is beautiful, charismatic, elegant and the perfect Juliet. She sings all her arias and duets with Domingo with magnificent lyricism, control and dramatic flair. This opera, above all others, is truly the best showcase for the tenor/soprano love scenes- a total of four duets together. Even alone, in her first aria "Je Veux Vivre", sung in ecstasy to a waltz-like beat at the party in which she meets Romeo, is striking, melodic and vibrant, a portrait of a young woman at the peak of her romantic power and beholding love at first sight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine performance of this opera
A very fine performance of this opera, despite Domingo's troubles from time to time with the high role of Romeo. Sweson sings beautifully and the opera is well paced.
Published 4 months ago by Keith Clifton
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly effective
Surprising, for this came out at the same time as the much-praised EMI Alagna/Gheorghiu recording and maybe didn't get the attention it deserved. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Placido !!
I enjoyed this very much. I like to preview the Operas before I hear them live in my area. It allows me to become familiar with the selections.
Published 22 months ago by Cynthia Lynn Bernier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances
A masterpiece? No, the music isn't quite strong enough for that, but Gounod's excellent sense of dramatic pacing, his superb craftsmanship and his ability to vary the moods and... Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by G.D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Even a well-crafted performance can't save this claptrap
I have no idea why I saved Gounod's late opera, Romeo et Juliette, written eight years after Faust, until late in the game, but I must admit that I've never encountered the work... Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Opera With Beautiful Voices
This is a romantic opera that will make you cry in the end, full of beautiful and dramatic moments, sung to perfection by Placido Domingo and Ruth Ann Swenson, conducted faithfully... Read more
Published on September 27, 2004 by Rudy Avila
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