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After an album of melodies (Néère, Alpha 215) which won a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her the opportunity to highlight the maturity of her soprano "falcon", the typical central tessitura of French romantic opera, named after Cornélie Falcon, creator of the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy in the 1830s. It pays homage to composers whose unknown pages it was the first to reveal in projects developed by the Palazzetto Bru Zane Foundation, which also co-produced the present recording: David, Godard, Saint-Saëns, Halévy... The proposed programme alternates all the genres in vogue during the Romantic period: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, February), comic opera (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the Prix de Rome cantata (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser - in its French translation of the 1860s - completes this programme conducted by an old accomplice of the soprano and one of the best specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet.


Performer: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Release date: June 2017