Gounod, Berlioz, Massenet: Arias & Duets
Irma Kolassi
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824621
Barcode
00028948246212
Format
1-CD
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CHARLES GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette:
Entracte – O nuit ! sous tes ailes obscurs
L’amour ! L’amour ! oui, son ardeur a trouble

Raoul Jobin, tenor
Pierre Mollet, baritone
Choeur du Théatre National de l’Opéra de Paris
Orchestre du Théâtre Nationale de l’Opéra, Paris
Alberto Erede

HECTOR BERLIOZ
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24:
Sans regrets j’ai quitté les riantes campagnes
Autrefois un roi de Thulé
Grands dieux ! Que vois-je ?
D’amour l’ardente flame
Invocation à la Nature – Nature immense

JULES MASSENET
Werther:
Je ne sais si je veille
Oui, ce qu’elle m’ordonne … Lorsque l’enfant revient d’un voyage avant l’heure
Werther ! Werther … qui m’aurait dit la place (Act III)
Ah! Mon courage m’abondonne ! … Oui ! C’est moi … Pourquoi me réveiller … N’achevez pas

Irma Kolassi, mezzo-soprano
Raoul Jobin, tenor
London Symphony Orchestra
Anatole Fistoulari

FIRST RELEASE ON DECCA CD OF BERLIOZ & MASSENET

Recording information

Recording Producers: Peter Andry (Berlioz, Massenet); John Culshaw (Gounod)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Berlioz, Massenet)
Recording Locations: La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, June and October 1953 (Gounod); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 4–7 October 1954 (Berlioz, Massenet)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer

Reviews

‘The disc is worth having for the Berlioz extracts, especially for Miss Kolassi’s beautiful and sensitive singing of the two Marguerite pieces … [her] Letter Scene is beautifully done.’ Opera magazine, December 1955

‘This was recorded late in the tenor’s career, but his excellent diction and the strong attack and reserves or power are very much in evidence. The Charlotte is a Greek mezzo-soprano who never appeared on the stage, but her sensitivity as a recitalist is evident here.’ Opera magazine, March 1977