French Opera Arias / Von Stade, Pritchard, London Po

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Frederica von Stade and French vocal music go together like peanut butter and jelly. For example, her Melisande remains unmatched in its depth of character and great musical profundity. Von Stade was meant to sing the arias on this compilation disc of recordings from her early career. Her years of living in France greatly influenced her interpretations and approach to the music. Equipped with one of the greatest mezzo instruments, von Stade sings with such natural ability and charm that it is easy to forget all that goes into preparing an aria.
A case in point is Offenbach's "Ah! quel diner je viens de faire" from 'La Perichole.' Often referred to as the "drunk" aria, it is one of von Stade's signatures, and she slyly portrays the plastered dinner guest trying to hide the extent of her intoxication. In dramatic contrast, von Stade passionately sings of desperate love in "Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre?" from 'Beatrice et Benedict.' She seems to thrive on the intricate orchestration of Berlioz, and her flawless French diction is a delight to the ear. This is an important disc for those interested specifically in this repertoire, and von Stade sings it better than anyone else.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: SMK60527

  • UPC: 074646052723

  • Label: Sony

  • Composer: Ambroise Thomas, Charles Gounod, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Hector Berlioz, Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet

  • Conductor: John Pritchard

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Performer: Frederica Von Stade