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Henri Duparc , Paul Groves , Roger Vignoles Audio CD
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  • Performer: Paul Groves, Roger Vignoles
  • Composer: Henri Duparc
  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0002TXT52
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Naxos has an overlooked gem here, recorded in 2003. Paul Groves, who won both the Richard Tucker Award and the Met's national auditions, delivers Henri Duparc's sixteen songs, the sole output on which the composer's fame rests, with beauty and intensity. A native of Louisiana, Groves' background apparently led him to focus on French music; he is comfortable with the language, but his vocal production is characteristically American (as I hear it) in its open inflection and timbre. Groves has the perfect Tamino tenor sound, and when Duparc writes a passionate or melodramatic song (he was influenced by Wagner and wrote turbulent piano accompaniments that take us into the world of the Flying Dutchman and Walkure), Groves applies operatic intensity.

This may not be the kind of delivery that fits into a Parisian salon, but it's very exciting. I have the highest regard for Roger Vignobles, who left university to become a trained accompanist, inspired by Grald Moore, according to his bio. He plays with more fluid, free musicality than his inspiration, and I particularly appreciate the directness and muscularity of his approach when the music grows passionate, which is frequently. Duparc's melodic gift is haunting; it can be said that every song is memorable, although only three (L'invitation au voyage, Phidyle, and Le manoir de Rosemonde) seem to endure as standards outside France.

Listening to tis recital became addictive, and I like it better than any rival collection. The only engineering defect is a shrill edge to Groves' voice when he sings forte and above, but it's not serious enough to hinder enjoyment. (By the way, the usual explanation for Duparc abandoning composition at 36 when he was to live another half century is given as Neurasthenia. At a time when mental illness was stigmatized, this supposed physical condition was a stand-in for clinical depression. Duparc went on in old age to suffer total blindness and paralysis.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groves is an American gem June 4, 2009
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Paul Groves is one of the great lyric tenors singing
today and this CD is part of the proof. His phrasing is impeccable and his voice is both sweet and compelling. Groves is a French repertoire
specialist and you can't find a finer recital than this. The song
Soupir is lovely. I love this album and I wish Groves would record more.
I notice that Rolando Villazon has this recording on his list of 10 discs to own/listen to.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to listen to Opera March 14, 2014
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I bought this because of a movie soundtrack and was pleasantly suprised by the lovely melodic samplings it contains. I am not much on Opera but this was enjoyable to the ears
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