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MASSENET: Manon (los Angeles, Legay, Monteux) (1955)


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MASSENET: Manon (los Angeles, Legay, Monteux) (1955)

Made in Paris in the acoustically perfect Palais de la Mutualité, this classic 1955 recording under the great Pierre Monteux features Victoria de los Angeles as Manon, supported by a fine cast from the Théâtre National de l’Opéra- Comique (René Herent had first sung the rôle of de Morfontaine with the Company as early as 1918).‘Victoria de los Angeles [is] an enchanting Manon, whose voice has enough personality on record for those who saw her on stage to recapture those live performances… Pierre Monteux had the music in his bones and here dispenses it with authority and spirit’. (Alan Blyth, Opera on Record)

Disc 1

  Introduction by Pierre Monteux
1.   Introduction by Pierre Monteux 00:00:56

Massenet, Jules
Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe / Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe / Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe, lyricist(s)

2.   Act I: Prelude 00:03:44
3.   Act I: Hola! he! monsieur l'hotelier (Guillot, De Bretigny, Poussette, Javotte, Innkeeper) 00:02:34
4.   Act I: Hors - d'oeuvre de choix… (Innkeeper, Guillot, De Bretigny, Poussette, Javotte) 00:02:20
5.   Act I: Entendez - vous la choche (Townspeople, Lescaut, Guards, Travelers, Porter, Postilion, Manon) 00:03:54
6.   Act I: Eh! j'imagine… Je suis encore tout etourdie (Lescaut, Manon) 00:04:53
7.   Act I: Partez! on sonne (Postilions, Travelers, Townspeople) 00:01:50
8.   Act I: Hotelier de malheur! il est donc entendu (Guillot, Manon, De Bretigny, Poussette, Javotte, Rosette) 00:02:43
9.   Act I: Il vous parlait, Manon… Regardez - moi bien dans les yeux! (Lescaut, Manon, Guards) 00:03:34
10.   Act I: Restons ici… Voyons, Manon, plus de chimeres! (Manon) 00:03:37
11.   Act I: Quelqu'un!… J'ai marque l'heure du depart… (Manon, Des Grieux) 00:04:29
12.   Act I: Ah! parlez - moi! (Des Grieux, Manon) 00:03:03
13.   Act I: Nous vivrons a Paris tous les deux (Des Grieux, Manon, Poussette, Javotte, Rosette, Lescaut) 00:02:53
14.   Act II: Manon!… Avez - vous peur que mon visage (Des Grieux, Manon, Maid) 00:06:57
15.   Act II: Enfin, les amoureux (Lescaut, De Bretigny, Des Grieux, Manon) 00:06:57
16.   Act II: C'est parfait (Lescaut, De Bretigny, Manon, Des Grieux, Maid) 00:02:23
17.   Act II: Allons! … il le faut! … Adieu, notre petite table (Manon) 00:03:40
18.   Act II: C'est lui!… Instant charmant… En fermant les yeux (Manon, Des Grieux) 00:06:32

Disc 2

Massenet, Jules
Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe / Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe / Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe, lyricist(s)

1.   Act III Scene 1: Entr'acte 00:02:45
2.   Act III Scene 1: Voyez! mules a fleurettes (Vendors, Chorus, Poussette, Javotte, Rosette, Lescaut) 00:04:11
3.   Act III Scene 1: A quoi bon l'economie (Lescaut, Guillot, Poussette, Javotte, De Bretigny) 00:05:04
4.   Act III Scene 1: Voici les elegantes! (Chorus, Strollers, Women Vendors, De Bretigny, Manon, Gentlemen) 00:02:18
5.   Act III Scene 1: Je marche sur tous les chemins (Manon, De Bretigny, Gentlemen) 00:02:13
6.   Act III Scene 1: Obeissons quand leur voix appelle (Gavotte) (Manon, Chorus) 00:03:18
7.   Act III Scene 1: Et maintenant restez seul un instant (Manon, De Bretigny, Chorus, Vendor, Count) 00:02:09
8.   Act III Scene 1: C'est elle… Oui, c'est Manon! (Count, De Bretigny, Manon) 00:04:30
9.   Act III Scene 1: Repondez - moi, Guillot!… L'Opera! Voici l'Opera! (De Bretigny, Guillot, Manon, Lescaut, Nobles, Townspeople) 00:03:22
10.   Act III Scene 1: Ballet - C'est fete au Cours la Reine (Manon, Lescaut, Guillot, Chorus) 00:05:10
11.   Act III Scene 2: Quelle eloquence! (Ladies, Noblewomen, Pious Laywomen) 00:03:08
12.   Act III Scene 2: Bravo, mon cher (Count, Des Grieux) 00:03:38
13.   Act III Scene 2: Je suis seul!… Ah! fuyez, douce image (Des Grieux, Porter) 00:04:39
14.   Act III Scene 2: Monsieur, je veux parler (Manon, Porter) 00:01:45
15.   Act III Scene 2: Padonnez - moi, Dieu de toute puissance (Manon) 00:01:27
16.   Act III Scene 2: Toi!… vous!… (Des Grieux, Manon) 00:03:51
17.   Act III Scene 2: N'est - ce plus ma main (Manon, Des Grieux) 00:03:59
18.   Act IV: Faites vos jeux, messieurs! (Croupiers, Gamblers, Lescaut, Sharpers) 00:06:12
19.   Act IV: Mais, qui donc nous arrive… Manon, sphinx etonnant (Guillot, Poussette, Javotte, Rosette, Des Grieux, Lescaut, Croupiers, Manon) 00:05:48
20.   Act IV: Un mot, s'il vous plait, chevalier! (Guillot, Javotte, Poussette, Des Grieux, Rosette, Lescaut, Manon, Chorus) 00:03:13
21.   Act IV: Au jeu! Au jeu! (Gamblers, Lescaut, Guillot, Des Grieux, Manon, Poussette, Javotte, Chorus, Gamblers, a Voice, Count) 00:04:52
22.   Act IV: Oui, je viens t'arracher a la honte (Count, Des Grieux, Manon, Guillot, Chorus) 00:02:40

Disc 3

Massenet, Jules
Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe / Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe / Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe, lyricist(s)

1.   Act V: Manon! pauvre Manon!… Capitaine, au gue (Des Grieux, Lescaut, Soldiers, Sargeant) 00:06:43
2.   Act V: Ah! Des Grieux! (Manon, Des Grieux) 00:04:24
3.   Act V: Ah! Je sens une pure flame (Manon, Des Grieux) 00:06:22

Debussy, Claude
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel / Sarrazin, Gabriel, lyricist(s)

  La damoiselle élue
4.   La damoiselle élue 00:19:21

Berlioz, Hector
Gautier, Théophile, lyricist(s)

  Les nuits d'été, Op. 7
5.   No. 1. Villanelle 00:02:21
6.   No. 2. Le Spectre de la rose 00:06:23
7.   No. 3. Sur les lagunes 00:07:03
8.   No. 4. Absence 00:05:09
9.   No. 5. Au cimetiere 00:05:50
10.   No. 6. L'Ile inconnue 00:03:51

Total Playing Time: 03:34:38

Berlioz, Hector; Debussy, Claude; Massenet, Jules

Gautier, Théophile; Gille, Philippe; Meilhac, Henri; Rossetti, Dante Gabriel; Sarrazin, Gabriel

Monteux, Pierre; Munch, Charles

Boston Symphony Orchestra; Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra

Paris Opera-Comique Chorus; Radcliffe Choral Society

Angeles, Victoria de los; Berton, Liliane; Borthayre, Jean; Dens, Michel; Herent, Rene; Legay, Henri; Monteux, Pierre; Notti, Raymonde; Serres, Marthe; Smith, Carol; Vieuille, Jean

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Choral - Secular; Opera; Spoken Commentary; Vocal

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111268-70

Barcode: 0747313326822

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Physical Release: 12/2007

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