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Visions
Véronique Gens

1 BRUNEAU: «Geneviève : Introduction, récitatif et air de Geneviève - « Seigneur ! Est-ce bien moi que vous avez choisie ? »» 06’28
2 FRANCK: Les Béatitudes : Mater dolorosa « moi, du sauveur, je suis la mère » 03’19
3 NIEDERMEYER: Stradella : Récit et air de Léonor « Ah !… Quel songe affreux ! » 03’55
4 GODARD: Les Guelfes : Prélude et air de Jeanne « là-bas, vers le palais » 08’11
5 DAVID: Lalla-Roukh : Air de Lalla-Roukh « Sous le feuillage sombre » 02’59
6 FÉVRIER: Gismonda : Air de Gismonda « dit-elle vrai ? » 04’45
7 SAINT-SAËNS: Etienne Marcel : Récit et air de Béatrix « Ah ! Laissez-moi, ma mère ! » 05’03
8 MASSENET: La Vierge : Le dernier sommeil de la Vierge 02’54
9 MASSENET: La Vierge : Extase de la Vierge « rêve infini, divine extase » 05’02
10 HALÉVY: «La Magicienne : Récit et air de Blanche - « Ce sentier nous conduit vers le couvent voisin »» 05’35
11 BIZET: «Clovis et Clotilde : Prière de Clotilde - « prière, ô doux souffle de l’ange ! »» 02’16
12 FRANCK: Rédemption : Air de l’Archange « Le flot se lève » 03’17

Gramophone 2016 award winner presents her new album: Visions
After an album of French songs (Néère, Alpha 215) that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s.

She pays tribute here to a number of composers whose unknown operas she was the first to reveal in projects mounted by the Palazzetto Bru Zane (which also coproduced the present recording), including David, Godard, Saint-Saëns and Halévy. The programme selects arias from all the genres in vogue in the Romantic era: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, Février), opéra-comique (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the cantata for the Prix de Rome (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser – in its French translation of the 1860s– completes this programme conducted by a longstanding colleague of the soprano, one of the leading specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet.

“Gens allows the lyric beauty of each song to speak for itself, with the minimum of interference and the maximum of tonal beauty.”
The Guardian review of Néère

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