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Cendrillon (Julius Rudel recording)

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Cendrillon
File:Cendrillon Rudel CD.jpg
CBS Masterworks CD: M2K 79323
Studio album by
Julius Rudel
Released1979
StudioAll Saints Church, Tooting Graveney, London
GenreOpera
Length136:33
LanguageFrench
LabelCBS Masterworks
ProducerPaul Myers and Ray Emerson
Cendrillon
Sony CD: SM2K 91178
Sony CD: SM2K 91178

Cendrillon is a 136-minute studio album of Jules Massenet's opera, performed by a cast led by Elizabeth Bainbridge, Jules Bastin, Jane Berbié, Teresa Cahill, Nicolai Gedda, Frederica von Stade and Ruth Welting with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Julius Rudel. It was released in 1979.

Background[edit | edit source]

The album presents the opera with only one small cut, but deviates from Massenet's score in casting Prince Charming as a tenor rather than as a soprano.[1] The album was the first recording of the opera ever undertaken.[2]

Recording[edit | edit source]

The album was recorded using analogue technology on 14-24 June 1978 in All Saints Church, Tooting Graveney, London.[2]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The covers of the LP edition and the first CD edition of the album share the same design, prepared under the art direction of Allen Weinberg, featuring a photograph of von Stade as Cendrillon taken by Valerie Clement.[2]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Jules Massenet portrayed by Jules Clément Chaplain (1839-1909)

The album was reviewed or discussed by Alan Blyth in Gramophone in July 1979,[1] by George Jellinek in Stereo Review in September 1979,[3] by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in September 1989,[4] by Richard Fairman in Gramophone's 2000 Awards issue[5]and by Patrick O'Connor in Gramophone in October 2003.[6]

Accolades[edit | edit source]

In September 1989, Stereo Review named the album as one of its "Best Recordings of the Month".[3] In December 1979, Alan Blyth included the album in his "Critic's Choice" list of the best recordings of the year: "I cannot imagine a more appropriate Christmas present than CBS's delightful recording of the composer's light-fingered score for Cendrillon with Frederica von Stade as a tender, pathetic Cinderella, Ruth Welting as an airy Fairy and idiomatic conducting from Julius Rudel, so responsive to Massenet's delicate scoring".[7]

Track listing: CD1[2][edit | edit source]

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Cendrillon, Conte de Fées (!899) (Cinderella, a fairy story), with a libretto by Henri Cain (1859-1937) after Charles Perrault

  • 1 (1:43) Prelude

Act One

  • 2 (2:23) "On appelle, on sonne!" (Servants, Pandolfe)
  • 3 (4:29) "Du côté de la barbe" (Pandolfe)
  • 4 (2:31) "Faites-vous très belle" (Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée)
  • 5 (1:14) "Prenez un maintien gracieux" (Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée)
  • 6 (2:43) "Madame. ce sont les modistes" (Servants, Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée)
  • 7 (4:25) "Félicitez-moi donc" (Pandolfe, Noémie, Dorothée, Mme de la Haltière)
  • 8 (7:28) "Ah! Que mes sœurs sont heureuses!" (Lucette)
  • 9 (4:36) "Ah! Douce enfant" (Fairy, Spirits, Elves, Lucette)
  • 10 (3:56) "Pour en faire un tissu" (Fairy, Spirits)
  • 11 (4:11) "Enfin, je connaître" (Lucette, Fairy, Spirits)

Act Two

  • 12 (4:59) "Que les doux pensers" (Master of Ceremonies, Courtiers, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Doctors, Prime Minister)
  • 13 (4:07) "Allez, laissez-moi seul" (Prince)
  • 14 (1:40) Entrance of the King and the Court (King, Crowd)
  • 15 (2:24) 1st entrance: the daughters of the nobility (Crowd)
  • 16 (2:17) 2nd entrance: the fiancés
  • 17 (1:50) 3rd entrance: the Mandores
  • 18 (1:36) 4th entrance: the Florentine
  • 19 (2:09) The Rigaudon of the King (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Master of Ceremonies, Prime Minister, Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée, Pandolfe)
  • 20 (1:47) "O la suprenante aventure" / "O la décevante aventure" (Crowd, Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée, Pandolfe, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Master of Ceremonies, Prime Minister, King)
  • 21 (8:40) "Toi qui m'es apparue" (Prince, Lucette)

Track listing: CD2[2][edit | edit source]

Act Three

  • 1 (5:52) "Enfin, je suis ici" (Lucette)
  • 2 (1:24) "C'est vrai" (Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée, Pandolfe)
  • 3 (4:49) "Lorsqu'on a plus de vingt quartiers" (Mme de la Haltière, Noémie, Dorothée, Pandolfe, Lucette)
  • 4 (5:32) "Ma pauvre enfant chérie" (Pandolfe, Lucette)
  • 5 (6:07) "Seule, je partirai" (Lucette)
  • 6 (7:33) "Ah! Fugitives chimères" (Fairy, Spirits)
  • 7 (10:13) "À deux genoux" / "Je viens à vous" (Lucette, Prince, Fairy)

Act Four

  • 8 (5:04) "O pauvre enfant!" (Pandolfe, Lucette)
  • 9 (3:34) "Ah! Ouvre ta porte" (Young Girls, Lucette, Pandolfe)
  • 10 (5:09) "Avancez! Reculez!" (Mme de la Haltière, Herald, Lucette, Crowd)
  • 11 (4:12) March of the Princesses (Crowd)
  • 12 (5:36) "Posez dans son écrin" (Prince, Crowd, King, Fairy, Lucette, Pandolfe, Mme de la Haltière)

Personnel[2][edit | edit source]

Musical[edit | edit source]

  • Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano), Lucette
  • Nicolai Gedda (1925-2017, tenor), Prince Charming
  • Jules Bastin (1933-1996, bass), father of Lucette
  • Jane Berbié (mezzo-soprano), Madame de la Haltière, stepmother of Lucette
  • Teresa Cahill (soprano), Noémie, stepsister of Lucette
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge (mezzo-soprano), Dorothée, stepsister of Lucette
  • Ruth Welting (1948-1999, soprano), Fairy Godmother
  • Claude Méloni (baritone). King, Herald
  • Paul Crook (tenor), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Christian du Plessis (baritone), Master of Ceremonies
  • John Noble (baritone), Prime Minister
  • Carl Pini, first violin
  • Act Two Stage Musicians:
    • Clifford Seville, flute
    • Rusen Gunes, viola
    • Nuala Herbert, harp
  • Ambrosian Opera Chorus (chorus master: John McCarthy)
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Julius Rudel (1921-2014), conductor

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Pamela Stirling, French language coach
  • Paul Myers, producer
  • Roy Emerson, producer
  • Vivienne H. Taylor, production co-ordinator
  • Robert Auger, engineer
  • Mike Ross-Trevor, engineer

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1979, CBS Masterworks released the album as a triple LP (catalogue numbers M3 35194 in North America, 79323 elsewhere) with a booklet containing notes, texts and translations.[8][9] The album was not released on cassette.

In 1989, CBS Masterworks issued the album as a double CD (catalogue numbers M2K 35194 in North America, M2K 79323 elsewhere) in a clamshell box with a 148-page booklet. The latter provided libretti in English, French and German, notes and a synopsis in English by Michael Williamson, notes and a synopsis in French by Gérard Condé, an essay in English by Barrymore Laurence Scherer, an essay in German by Karl Dietrich Gräwe and production photographs by Clive Barda of Bastin, Berbié, Gedda, Rudel, von Stade, Welting and the orchestra. The booklet also offered several images of Massenet, his score, a poster advertising the opera's première and illustrations of the opera's story.

In 2003, Sony reissued the album as a repackaged double CD (catalogue number SM2K 91178).[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gramophone, July 1979, p. 255
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Massenet, Jules: Cendrillon, cond. Julius Rudel, CBS Masterworks CD, M2K 79323, 1989
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stereo Review, September 1979, pp. 89-90
  4. Gramophone, September 1989, p. 534
  5. Gramophone, Awards Issue 2000, p. 50
  6. Gramophone, October 2003, p. 91
  7. Gramophone, December 1979, p. 969
  8. Massenet, Jules: Cendrillon, cond. Julius Rudel, CBS Masterworks LP, M3 35194, 1979
  9. Massenet, Jules: Cendrillon, cond. Julius Rudel, CBS Masterworks LP, 79323, 1979
  10. Massenet, Jules: Cendrillon, cond. Julius Rudel, Sony CD, SM2K 91178, 2003


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