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Massenet/Gounod: Arias ~ Rolando Villazon

Rolando Villazon , Jules Massenet , Charles Gounod , Evelino Pido , Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra , Natalie Dessay , Radio France Choir Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Le Cid, Act III: Ah! Tout est bien fini...O souverainRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Manon, Act 2: Enfin Manon nous voilà seuls ensemble...En fermant les yeuxRolando Villazon/Natalie Dessay/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Werther, Deuxième Acte: Oui, ce qu'elle m'ordonne...Lorsque l'enfant revient (Werther)Rolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Roméo et Juliette, ACT TWO: L'amour! l'amour!...Ah! Leve-toi soleil!Rolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Polyeucte, Act III: Source délicieuseRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. La Reine de Saba, Act 2: Faiblesse de la race humaineRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Le Roi de Lahore, Act 4: Voix qui me remplissez d'une ineffable ivresseRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Grisélidis, Act 2: Je suis l'oiseau que le frisson d'hiverRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Werther, Act III: Traduire...Pourquoi me réveillerRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mireille: Mon coeur est plein d'un noir souci...Anges du paradis (Act 5)Rolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Roméo et Juliette Op. 17, ACT V: C'est la!...Salut! tombeau! sombre et silencieux!Rolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Faust, Act III: Quel trouble inconnu....Salut, demeure chaste et pureRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Manon, Act III, Tableau 2: Le parloir de Séminaire de Saint Sulpice: Je suis seul! ... Ah! fuyez, douce imageRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Roma, Act III: Je vais la voir!Rolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Le Mage, Act II: Ah! Parais, astre de mon cielRolando Villazon/Evelino Pidò/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Natalie Dessay, Radio France Choir
  • Orchestra: Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Evelino Pido
  • Composer: Jules Massenet, Charles Gounod
  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B0006IQM5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rolando Villazon's follow-up CD to his sensational debut recital of Italian arias is devoted to music by Gounod and Massenet: some as familiar as Faust's, Romeo's and Des Grieux's arias, some as rare as pieces from Gounod's Polyeucte and La Reine de Saba and Massenet's Roma and Le Mage. But almost more important than the interesting repertoire, familiar or otherwise, is Villazon's handling of the music. In Werther's passionate Act II outburst to God about suicide, which is almost never excerpted, Villazon manages, in four minutes, to create a complete character, with all his neuroses, mania, and desperation--and he caps it with a ringing high B natural which is as beautiful as it is heartfelt. He sings both of Des Grieux's arias with feeling and tenderness (aided in "Le reve" by Natalie Dessay!). An aria from La Reine de Saba turns out to bequite a showpiece, with a drop-dead high C at its close. As singing and as interpreting, this CD is a must-have. Villazon's dark-hued, expressive tone is always used in the service of the music, and following his career will be a joy for all lovers of great tenorizing. --Robert Levine

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, He IS the One! October 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In March 2004 I entitled my Amazon review of Rolando Villazón's CD of Italian arias, 'Is he the one?', meaning is he the Italianate tenor we've been waiting for, the one to fill the shoes of Domingo and Pavarotti? I was tentatively positive that he was. Well, boys and girls, this CD of arias by Massenet and Gounod confirms it as far as I'm concerned. Indeed, he sounds better here than he did in the earlier recording. Further, although I have not heard him in person I have been assured by several operaphiles who have heard him -- some of them traveling some distance to have the opportunity -- that he is indeed the genuine article. I only hope that I can catch a live performance of Villazón's soon. I think he's that good.

As to the material he sings here, it is splendid for another reason, and that is that it isn't the hackneyed and trite tunes we all have heard a jillion times. Here we have some rare but lovely arias by two of the greatest French opera composers. Just listen to the heroic glint in Villazón's voice as he winds up 'Voix qui me remplissez d'une ineffable ivresse' from Massenet's 'Le roi de Lahore.' I found myself harking back to the glorious singing of Georges Thill, the fabled tenor vraiment français. Villazón is not yet another in the seemingly endless chain of tenorinos we've had foisted upon us in the post-Domingo/Pavarotti era. He's got heft, metal, gleam in the voice. The higher he sings the brighter the sound, precisely the sort of the thing that makes for exciting tenorial frisson.

Making it all the more worthwhile is Villazón's obvious intelligence and taste. He seems to be living the words, not merely singing them. His phrasing is subtle and stylistically apt.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I have the pleasure to know Rolando Villazón in person, we used to take singing lessons together back in Mexico with Maestro Enrique Jaso some years ago and have always liked his approach to music.

I like better this one rather than his italian arias recital cd, I think he did a good work selecting the repertoire in this french opera recital. He is improving as time goes by and I think passion would describe fairly what he is doing and this album is an evidence of it.

I think Rolando has always shown this gift of easily connecting with the public plus he is a very talented and smart person as well. He learns fast and moreover he knows music and that is noticeable in his phrasing and overall musicality.

Marcello Vioti does a good conducting work for Rolando in this french album too, they really make music together... energy and sinergy!

He is so young and he has already sang in the best opera houses around the world, and as I said he is improving everyday so THIS IS THE NEW OPERA STAR to follow in the coming years.

I wish him all the best in his career and certainly hope the fame doesn't elevate his ego too much, as it happens many times.

Finally, his diction and pronunciation is very good... I would only have an issue with his letter "i", which sometimes seem to be out of place and they tend to go to the throat.

Thx for taking the time to read this words.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bean sings? January 5, 2006
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A friend lent me Villazon's debut album as an introduction to the man. I loved it - but this is the one I have bought. If, like me, you have tired of the comparisons between Villazon and others (esp Domingo) fear not, this artist is an original. I must confess that on seeing the cover I wondered if Brit comedian Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean / Black Adder - now there's a new comarison!) had strayed into the wrong studio, but a few tracks into either disc and you'll know you're listening to the real thing. True, he has baritonish notes in the lower register, and an easy reach for the upper notes but I honestly have not heard anyone quite like him before. His is a warm voice with an early maturity that should ensure he has a long career ahead of him. His diction is excellent, without the staccato enunciation or lack of French interpretation abilities that mar lesser singers' performances. Such vocal ease makes the sung word seem as natural as the spoken word is to us lesser mortals. That his song selection moves away from the 'usual suspects' of the tenor repertoire is to his great advantage; he knows what suits him and he brings each piece to new life. The overly familiar tracks of which there are thankfully few serve only to highlight through comparison to those we know Villazon's unique timbre and interpretation. This collection includes inspired music choices, incomparable renditions, marvellous orchestration and leaves the listener keenly anticipating his next release. The recording and production are impeccable (worth ***** in their category). It does not get much better than that. Atkinson may make you laugh (or not) - Villazon will make you smile and keep you feeling that way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting performances October 27, 2005
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Rolando Villazon has a face of a comedian, and with these crazy eyebrows, it seems that he would be good fit for roles in opera buffa. But once you see him on stage in dramatic roles, it's absolutely clear why he is such a rising star. His charisma is off the charts, he more than holds his own against his formidable co-stars like Anna Netrebko, and he has the vocal goods to spare.

What a great voice, baritonal in coloring but powerful and bright, and incredibly expressive. And in these French arias he also shows that he is very sensitive to nuances of text, able to use subtle touches to make it come alive. Fabulous Nathalie Dessay is a great match for him in Massenet arias, but I especially liked Gounod pieces. There is no weak entry here, all arias are standouts- this young man likes to go for broke, and I can never imagine him phoning in his performance.

If you have any interest in French repertoire, great tenor voice or simply great singing, you should get this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Mr. Lionel J. Alberts
5.0 out of 5 stars You should have stuck with this, Rolando
I thought I'd re-visit this recital album, given that this was recorded almost exactly ten years ago and the time elapsed since has been eventful for its singer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ralph Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Gounod / Massenet: Arias - Villazon
Spellbinding and amazing performance by Mr. Villazon. Good tone quality and clear pronunciation of the French language. Includes libretto. I highly recommend it.
Published 20 months ago by Kris Zink
4.0 out of 5 stars Rolando is rollin
What a voice! Hardly known to American opera aficionados, Villazon is a hidden treasure. His tenor vocal range is incredible. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cognac Meets Tequila!
This CD of French opera arias is a companion to the earlier "Italian Opera Arias" which was Rolando Villazón's debut album. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful singing
Villazon is one of my favorite tenors. It is a pity he has had problems with his voice. Hope he can make a comeback and sing for many more years.
Published on July 2, 2011 by Jaime L. Maduro Sasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretations!!
This is a very enjoyable cd, my first knowledge of this tenor was with this recording, he has all the feeling. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by Opera fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Villazon!!!!
The first time I heard Rolando was in the Bellas Artes theater in Mexico City many years ago, in the opera l'elisir d'amore, he wasn't famous at that time. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Oscar Morales
5.0 out of 5 stars the way teens are to Britney or Madonna....
Villazon brings out the teenybopper in me. I could wear the grooves out!~just as I did with my early heros at 12 and 13 years of age. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by S. Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Villazon finds his niche...go French
Rather than beefing up his voice for the big (money-paying) Italian roles that are one size too large for him, Rolando Villazon naturally excels in these roles from Gounod and... Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by Santa Fe Listener
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