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Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) Box set


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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • 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: Emi Divested
  • ASIN: B000002SFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Prélude
2. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 1. Choeur. Sur la grÃ..ve en feu
3. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 1. ScÃ..ne et choeur. Amis, interrompez vos dansses
4. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 1. Récit et reprise du choeur dansé. Demeure parmi nous, Nadir
5. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 2. Récit. C'est toi! toi qu'enfin je revois
6. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 2. Duo. Au fond du temple saint
7. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 3. Récit. Que vois-je?
8. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 3. Choeur. Elle vient... Sois la bienvenue
9. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 3. ScÃ..ne et choeur. Seuleau milieu de nous
10. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. No. 4. Récit. A cette voix
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Disc: 2
1. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. No. 10. Final (fin). Arrêtez! C'est à moi d'ordonner
2. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 1. Duo. Puisses-tu voir longtemps encore
3. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 1. Final du premier tableau. Victoire! Victoire! Chantez!
4. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 1. Sérénade. Ouvre ton coeur à l'amour qui m'enflamme
5. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 1. Récit et chant du Cosak. Et c'est un chant de femmes... Hourrah! Ho
6. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 2. Choeur dansé. Sous nos pas résonnent...
7. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 3. Air de Marie. Il me semble parfois que ma vie est un songe
8. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 3. Récit et air d'Igor. La vengeance va donc être enfin satisfaite...
9. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 3. Duo. Marie! Igor!
10. Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), opera in 5 acts (unfinished): Act 3. Final. Voyez! Ah! Mon épouse...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr JB on November 5, 2001
This is a perfect example of studio recordings with opera stars that ought to be very good, but somehow fails. There is nothing obviously 'wrong' with this recording, but it surely doesn't engage either.
The voices are generally good - Gedda's Nadir is smooth and beautiful, idiomatic in style, if sometimes a little strained under pressure - and that's not strange - Nadir's writing is very high. The romance 'je crois entendre encore' is however a wonder of precision and smoothness, technically perfect indeed, but it's rather hard to imagine that he sings a romance when there's no trace of feelings there. Janine Micheau on the other side is as always rather dry in tone, but perfectly french in style, and her vibrato is not as wide as it sometimes could be - and her performance is, I think, the most 'felt' of the three main roles. Ernest Blanc as Zurga is also rather unengaged, although with a firm and effective voice. The conducting is also rather uninspired, and perhaps that's the main problem, cause an uninspired conductor can damage a whole performance.
There are at least three better recordings according to my taste, and one of them stand clearly ahead of the other: the live recording from 1959 with Vanzo/Micheau/Baquier and Rosenthal as conductor, available here on Amazon.com. A typically french performance with all the positive effects of a live recording captured in good sound and hardly none of the negative ones, combined with wonderful singers in their prime. Vanzo, as Nadir, is alone worth the purchase (it's also budget priced!). Thereafter I think the two mono recordings from Philips (Simoneau/Alarie/Bianco/Fournet) and EMI (Legay/Angelici/Dens/Cluytens) are good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Treiber on April 18, 2000
Bizet wrote some of the most beautiful melodies in classical music, and this opera abounds with some of his best. Filled with breathtaking arias, the exotic setting of Ceylon and glorious poetry, The Pearl Fishers is more lush and visceral than Carmen. James Michener's The Drifters was my introduction to this opera; in the Winona Ryder version of Little Women, Gabriel Byrne as Professor Baehr takes Jo to a production of Les Pecheurs de Perles. This is a wonderful recording of a very accessible piece of music.
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A beautiful opera. Enjoy it more each time I listen to it. It has a silly plot ending but lovely music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
Micheou is wonderful. One of Bizet's best operas is well treated in this recording. The music itself is marvelous; slightly more exotic than most classical music. Definately worth buying.
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