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"C'est ca la vie, c'est ca l'amour": French Operetta Arias Import

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Susan Graham - C'est Ca La Vie C'est Ca L'amour - Cd

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This record presents the esteemed opera singer and French music specialist Susan Graham in a new light. French operetta began with Jacques Offenbach (creator of The Tales of Hoffmann) in the 1850s; his ability to blend sweet lovely melodies with bitter political satire made him and the form famous, and composers all over the world have emulated him ever since, including those represented on this disc. Most of them, though popular during their lifetime, are hardly known today. The most familiar are Arthur Honegger and Reynaldo Hahn, though not primarily as operetta composers; the latter contributes some of the loveliest music.

The arias on this program are thoroughly appealing and very different, ranging from frothy creampuffs to almost operatic dramas, from ingenuous simplicity to ironic sophistication. As one might expect, the texts, all written from a woman's point of view, focus on the relationships between men and women in all their infinite, subtle variety. Susan Graham uses her very beautiful voice and captivating charm to bring out the teasing humor, the intimacy, passion, joy, and regret in words and music. One song is a trio, but since no other singers are mentioned, one assumes that she covers all three parts! The first song is the only one in which the singing is artificial and exaggerated, as if Graham were feeling her way into the style. The orchestra is very good, but some of the arrangements are overloaded. --Edith Eisler

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "C'est ca la vie, c'est ca l'amour" (Moises Simons, from Toi c'est moi, 1934)
  2. "J'ai deux amants" (Andre Messager, from L'Amour masque, 1923)
  3. "Yes" (Maurice Yvain, from Yes, 1928)
  4. "Si vous saviez" (Arthur Honegger, from Les Aventures du roi Pausole, 1930)
  5. "O mon bel inconnu" (Reynaldo Hahn, from O mon bel inconnu, 1933)
  6. "Je ne vois rien..Lorsque je n'etais qu'une enfant" (Andre Messager, from Fortunio, 1907)
  7. "Les hommes sont biens tous les memes" (Andre Messager, from Coups de roulis, 1928)
  8. "Air de la Lettre" (Reynaldo Hahn, from Brummell, 1931)
  9. "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Andre Messager, from Passionnement, 1926)
  10. "Vois-tu, je m'en veux" (Andre Messager, from Les P'tites Michu, 1897)
  11. "Etre adore" (Reynaldo Hahn, from Mozart, 1925)
  12. "Je regrette mon Pressigny" (Andre Messager, from la Petite Fonctionnaire, 1921)
  13. "Amour, amour, quel est donc ton pouvoir" (Andre Messager, from Les Dragons de l"Imperatrice, 1905)
  14. "Mon reve" (Andre Messager, from L'Amour masque, 1923)
  15. "C'est tres vilain d'etre infidele" (Reynaldo Hahn, from O mon bel inconnu, 1933)
  16. "C'est pas Paris, c'est sa banlieue" (Reynaldo Hahn, from Ciboulette, 1923)
  17. "Vagabonde" (Moises Simons, from Toi c'est moi, 1934)


Product details

  • Orchestra: Birmingham Symphony
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Composer: Reynaldo Hahn, Andre Messager
  • Audio CD (April 2, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B00005UW0Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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