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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Performer: Victoria de los Angeles
  • Orchestra: Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
  • Conductor: Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
  • Composer: Marie-Joseph Canteloube
  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00000K4FG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recently acquired a large hard drive for my computer and set about loading my favorite CDs for instant listening while working in my home office. In that process I came upon this CD, but do not remember buying it. To be able to quickly jump from track to track, I loaded it and expected to make a quick decision whether to keep it or not, expecting the not. (I believe that I ordered this CD due to the similarity of the title with a CD of Jean Ferrat's that is quite special to me.)
WOW! Was I wrong! So wrong that I don't mind admitting it.
Victoria de los Angeles is one of the greats. Her command of her voice is superb. Her phrasing leaves me breathless. The previous reviewer called her voice too heavy for these songs. While I have not heard the works he/she noted, I did not have that reaction. The selection of works is marvelous. I cannot recommend this CD higher. I recommend it for the true classic connoisseur, for the person who 'just' likes classics, and for the person who likes some classics but not all and needs to hear a recognizable tune.
A last comment, my first thought was that the recording suffered because I (mistakenly) felt that the source of her voice in the recording was too removed from the microphone. I was wrong again. In fact the balance of her clear, soprano voice to the orchestra is perfect.
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De los Angeles' recording of Cantaloube's settings of the Songs of the Auvergne deserves its place in EMI's Great Recordings series. The songs on this disk represent a great part of the French composer's collection of these wry, often funny, sometimes sad folk songs. Unlike many classic song settings in the major languages of Europe, these folk songs are sung in the dialect of the Auvergne. With repeated listening, those familiar with a major Romance language may soon find themselves drawn into some comprehension of the words. Yet even those who must depend wholly on the printed translation will find themselves captivated by the ability of this Catalan soprano to speak directly to the heart of the listener. Her beautiful tone, her musicianship and her artistic sensibility make this collection timeless. It deserves a place alongside her similar collection of Spanish songs, "The Maiden and the Nightingale," and other classic recordings of the Cantaloube songs by Natania Davrath and Veronique Gens.
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The only possible criticism of this disc would presumably be that it doesn't offer more of Canteloube's evocative, atmospheric (even if probably over-perfumed) songs of the Auvergne. If you had any doubts about the artistic merit of these songs, Victoria de los Angeles's performances with the Lamoreux Orchestra under Jean-Pierre Jacquillat should put them to rest. True, other interpreters have but more charm and innocence into this music, but no one has captured the beauty and atmosphere better. She perfectly captures the achingly wistful tone without ever making any of it sound overly sentimental or vulgar, and I doubt that there exists a more wonderful version of the famous Baïlèro out there, for instance. Even if you doubt that you will enjoy this music, I urge you to give it a try, and even if you are familiar with and cherish one of the many fine other interpretations, the ones at hand consistently seem to reach higher into the heavens and capture even more variety of color than any other I have heard . The orchestral playing is very fine (ver French-sounding, but that is not a disadvantage in this music) and the sound is generally good although not quite up to current hi-fi standards.
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The Chants d'Auvergne have been recorded by many famous sopranos, from Kiri Te Kanawa to Elly Ameling to Frederica von Stade to Arleen Auger and Anna Moffo, all highly accomplished singers in their own rights, but I second one reviewer here that Victoria de Los Angeles turned out the best version of Baïlèro, and her renditions of the mountain songs give a hauntingly beautiful aura as well as great stylistic idiomaticity.
These beautiful songs do not merely call for a beautiful timbre, as so amply owned by all the singers named above.
The Gallic native dialect of Occitan is unknown to me, but the musical style clearly calls for a more rural and spacious rendition than mere lyricism. De Los Angeles is able to bring out all the various facets of these charming songs, such as the vivacious 'Chut Chut', the ballad-like 'La Pastrouletta é lou Chibalié', the more declamatory 'Obal Din Lo Coumbelo', the soulful and introverted 'Brezairola'.
These were recorded in 1969 and 1973, and present a clear benchmark of this repertoire.
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Victoria de los Angeles gives an unforgettable performance of Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne. Her voice has power and subtlety.
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