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Opera Arias (Contralto): Lemieux, Marie-Nicole - GLUCK, C.W. / HAYDN, J. / MOZART, W.A

Artist(s) Labadie, Bernard, Conductor • Lemieux, Marie-Nicole, contralto • Violons du Roy, Les, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaOrchestralVocal
Catalogue V5264
Label Naive
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 10.99

USD 9.99



Review By Robert Levine,,November 2012

At a time when fine mezzos are growing on trees, French-Canadian Marie-Nicole Lemieux stands alone as a real contralto…this new CD is her most impressive showcase yet.

The voice is warm and rich and is used brilliantly to show off its colors. At least half of the arias recorded here are rarities: the familiar ones—“Che faro…” from Gluck’s Orfeo, “Voi, che sapete” from Mozart’s Figaro, to name two—are well done, and listeners will have their own favorites, although Lemieux’s can stand with the best. (Conductor Bernard Labadie indulges in some wonderful tempo alterations in “Che faro…”)



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