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French Opera Arias (Dig)
Charles Gounod, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Gustave Charpentier
French Opera Arias (Dig)
Genre: Classical
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Operaman! | Chicago, IL United States | 08/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is vintage Caballe from the diva's extensive discography that has been MIA for years. Items from this wonderful album were reissued on various Polygram anthologies and collections, but everything is together for the very first time. These arias are performed with frankness and verve instead of gallic sensitivity (and I will not vouch for perfect French pronunciation either), but the overall singing is spectacularly beautiful! Her performance of the Faust scene recalls the diva's Met debut (and the performance is more spontaneous than on her rather uneven complete recording of the opera). This is her second recording of "Depuis le jour", and this time in better sound and without the flat notes that plagued the first recording. She negotiates the coloratura of the Huguenots and Juliette arias admirably, and her renditions of the Thais and Micaela's arias are among the best. A nice bonus is the Manon Lescaut duet with Domingo taken from the historic Bing Farewell Gala album (although the audio balance is problematic). Like Caballe's French album, the Bing Gala items have also been reissued piecemeal, and this collector would love a reissue of the complete Gala, including the unreleased items.

UPDATE: The DG website has announced the CD reissue of the Bing Gala in the coming months. It doesn't look like it will include any previously unissued items, but stay tuned."
A Masterpiece,with the original LP cover art !
Viva Caballe | 09/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a must have recording for any Caballe fan.The sound quality is incredible,and she sings these french arias like a goddess.This recording is from 1970 and as recently been reissued with the original cover art.I have been waiting for years for DG to reissue this remarkable record complete on cd.Caballe has the most beautiful voice in recorded history and if you buy this cd you will here the beauty for yourself.I really loved her rendition of depuis le jour,the most magical version ever recorded.This recording is full of Caballe's sublime pianissimos and golden age forte high notes.I can't recommend this cd high enough."
Some of Montsi's finest singing
Armindo | Greece | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've no idea why DG waited so long to release this superb recital but thank God they did! It captures Caballe in golden voice in some of her less recorded French roles. She is quite daring here and not scared of high notes, difficult turns or trills. Some of her ideas are very exciting if not always entirely accurate but it is rare for a voice of such richness and beauty to achieve this agility so no complaints. My favourites are the magical Depuis le jour, and the first aria from Huguenots. Both benefiting from her endless legato, unmistakable pianissimo and phrasing. I doubt her French is idiomatic enough for native speakers but DG wouldn't be able to find authentic French voices of such beauty even if their life depended on it. As a filler, instead of the otherwise fine Manon Lescaut duet with Domingo, DG should have put the French Manon Caballe did with the wonderful French tenor Alain Vanzo in the late 60s. I wonder what else is lying in those DG vaults..."