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Berlioz: Herminie - Les nuits d'été & Ravel: Shéhérazade

Veronique Gens, Pierre-Ange Vieillard, John Axelrod, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Theophile Gautier, Tristan Klingsor

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Herminie  
1
Moderato - Recitative: Quel trouble te poursuit, malheureuse -
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
3:56
2
Aria: Adagio non troppo, "Ah! Si de la tendresse ou mon coeur - Recitative: Que dis-je? ou s'egarent mes voeux? -
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
5:06
3
Aria: Allegro assai agitato, "Arrete! Cher Tancrede" - Recitative: Que Clorinde est heureuse -
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
5:10
4
Aria: Allegro impetuoso vivace, "Venez, venez, terribles armes!" - Priere: Largo, "Dieu des chretiens, toi que j'ignore - Tempo I
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
7:59
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7  
5
No. 1. Villanelle
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
2:13
6
No. 2. Le Spectre de la rose
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
6:30
7
No. 3. Sur les lagunes
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
5:58
8
No. 4. Absence
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
4:35
9
No. 5. Au cimetiere
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
4:44
10
No. 6. L'Ile inconnue
Hector Berlioz; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
3:58
Shéhérazade  
11
No. 1. Asie
Maurice Ravel; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
9:20
12
No. 2. La flute enchantee
Maurice Ravel; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
2:54
13
No. 3. L'indifferent
Maurice Ravel; Veronique Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & John Axelrod
3:24
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:47
“…pure ravishment.”
- The Guardian

"There are many performances. But if I had to choose one forever, I would take this radiant performance from Véronique Gens.”
- tommanoff.com

“No one today delivers French song with the combination of tonal beauty and verbal nuance she (Gens) does.”
- The Guardian

This album features popular soprano Véronique Gens performing Herminie and Les Nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz and Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under the baton of its music director John Axelrod. Véronique Gens won widespread critical praise for this performance shortly after the album’s 2012 release.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM - Ondine Studio Masters

Recording: La Cité, Salle 2000, Nantes; 25.9.2009, 26–28.10.2010
Recording Producer: Daniel Zalay
Recording Engineer: Michel Pierre
Production by the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire Executive
Producer: Reijo Killeen
Publishers: Breitkopf & Härtel (Berlioz), Éditions Durand (Ravel)
Booklet Editor: Elke Albrecht
Photos: Jean-Baptiste Millot (Véronique Gens
Make up: Guillaume Bellu), Marc Roger (John Axelrod)
Design: Eduardo Gómez-Scarantino

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