French Opera Arias
|French Opera Arias|
|File:French Opera Arias Stade LP.jpg|
CBS Masterworks LP: M 34206
|Studio album by|
|Studio||Henry Wood Hall, London|
|French Opera Arias|
|Sony CD: SMK 60527|
Sony CD: SMK 60527
Frederica von Stade: French Opera Arias is a 51-minute studio album of music performed by von Stade and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of John Pritchard. It was released in 1976.
Recording[edit | edit source]
The album was recorded using analogue technology in the Henry Wood Hall, London, on 4, 8 and 10 January 1976.
Packaging[edit | edit source]
The cover of LP version of the album was designed under the art direction of Allen Weinberg, and features a photograph of von Stade by Clive Barda on the front of the sleeve and an image of Paris's Palais Garnier on the back. The cover of the CD version features a photograph of von Stade by Valerie Clement.
Critical reception[edit | edit source]
Reviews[edit | edit source]
The album was reviewed by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in July 1976, again by Steane in Gramophone in October 1976 and by George Jellinek in Stereo Review in February 1977. Music Magazine reported that the album was "a bestseller and elicited enthusiastic response internationally". According to an unnamed reporter profiling von Stade for Time on 13 December 1976, the album showcased "a lustrous amber mezzo-soprano voice with an unusually sweet crystalline top and seemingly effortless agility". David Shengold revisited the album in Opera News in December 2016, writing that "the elegant French Opera Arias with John Pritchard" was a "must-have": "even Gounod's Stéphano sounds stellar".
Accolades[edit | edit source]
The album was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque in 1976, and first prize in the High Fidelity/International Record Critics Awards of 1977. J. B. Steane included the album in his 1976 Gramophone Critic's Choice list of the best recordings of the year.
CD track listing[edit | edit source]
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864)
- 1 (4:53) Nobles seigneurs, salut! (from Les Huguenots)
Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
- 2 (5:17) Depuis hier je cherche en vain (from Roméo et Juliette)
Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
- 3 (10:33) Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre...Il m'en souvient (from Béatrice et Bénédict)
Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
- 4 (3:06) Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (from Werther)
Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
- 5 (2:08) Ah! Quel diner je viens de faire (from La Périchole)
- 6 (6:26) Enfin, je suis ici (from Cendrillon)
- 7 (10:18) D'amour l'ardente flamme (from La Damnation de Faust)
Ambroise Thomas (1811 - 1896)
- 8 (5:33) Connais-tu le pays (from Mignon)
- 9 (3:16) Dites-lui qu'on l'a remarqué (from La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein)
Personnel[edit | edit source]
Musical[edit | edit source]
Other[edit | edit source]
- Paul Myers, producer
- Robert Auger, engineer
Release history[edit | edit source]
In 1998, Sony issued the album on CD (catalogue number SMK 60527) with a 20-page booklet including texts and translations and a memoir by von Stade. In 2012, Sony reissued the album on CD in their 2-CD collection Frederica von Stade: Musique Française (catalogue number 88691932202).. In 2016, Sony again reissued the album on CD (in a miniature replica of the sleeve of the original LP) with a 52-page booklet in their 18-CD collection Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums (catalogue number 88875183412).
Note[edit | edit source]
Strictly speaking, this album's aria from La damnation de Faust should not be described as operatic. Although Berlioz's work has been adapted for the stage, he intended his légende dramatique for the concert hall, not the theatre.
References[edit | edit source]
- Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums, Sony CD, 88875183412, 2016
- Frederica von Stade: French Opera Arias, Sony CD, SMK 60527, 1998
- Gramophone, July 1976, p.216
- Gramophone, October 1976, p. 551
- Stereo Review, February 1977, p. 84
- "Music Magazine". 1980.
- Time, 13 December 1976, p. 101
- Opera News, 24 January 1976
- The New York Times, 29 February 1976
- Current Biography 1977, p. 417
- Gramophone, December 1976, p. 965
- Frederica von Stade: French Opera Arias, CBS Masterworks MC, 1976
- Frederica von Stade: Musique Française, Sony CD, 88691932202, 2012
- Berlioz, Hector: La damnation de Faust, cond. Solti, Decca CD, 4146802, 1986
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