EMI's generous compilation of 100 tracks from its archive of recordings by Maria Callas makes a fine introduction to her legacy. Callas' voice isn't consistent throughout, but when she's at her best, it's easy to hear the musical and dramatic power that made her the most legendary opera singer of the 20th century. She is impressive often enough that it's not hard to forgive the performances that are less than stellar. The six-disc collection is intelligently organized, with each disc dedicated to a particular composer (or several composers) or a theme: Bellini; Donizetti and Rossini; Verdi; Puccini; French operatic heroines; and dramatic heroines.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their first double-disc album, this box of 5 CDs recounts the musical adventure of the P'tits Loups du Jazz troupe: choirs of children aged 6 to 14 accompanied by professional jazz musicians under the direction of Olivier Caillard, choir conductor, jazz pianist and pedagogue. Traditional and modern jazz, Caribbean or Brazilian music and original compositions, are the support for the creation of texts by children, who appropriate this repertoire alive and too rarely played for them. A 6th bonus CD, includes the instrumental parts of some songs of the Little Wolves whose great success "Mamadou had a toothache", as well as an unpublished Christmas song and several titles of the Olivier Caillard repertoire from the catalog of the Enfance label and Music. "A gift that will delight young and old!"
Sylvain Cambreling is one of the leading French operatic conductors. He is known for his often startling innovations in many opera productions: in a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the 2001 Salzburg Festival he employed a synthesizer to deliver recitative accompaniments, and at a performance of Janácek's Katya Kabanova, he used some of the composer's songs as transitional material between acts.
Michel Plasson is one of the most important French conductors from the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He is well known for his interpretations of French opera, particularly those of Gounod and Massenet. He has also received praise for his work in the choral music of Duruflé and Fauré, and the orchestral works of Magnard, Ravel, and other French composers.
This is a worthy reading of one of Massenet's best scores, thoughtfully conducted by Kent Nagano. Anne Sofie von Otter combines intelligence and a beautiful voice with passion and conviction in the complicated character of Charlotte. Tenor Jerry Hadley is occasionally afflicted by a musical-theater tendency to croon but expresses most of the torments of the title role, while Dawn Upshaw makes a better-rounded character of Sophie than the average soubrette.
Alexandre Dumas (dit aussi Alexandre Dumas père) est un écrivain français né le 24 juillet 1802 à Villers-Cotterêts (Aisne) et mort le 5 décembre 1870 à Puys, près de Dieppe (Seine-Maritime).Il est le fils de Thomas Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, dit le général Dumas, et le père de l'écrivain Alexandre Dumas ( 1824-1895 ) dit Dumas fils, auteur en particulier de La Dame aux camélias. …
Master Series is the title of a line of greatest hits albums, released in European countries primarily by PolyGram International, as well as A&M Records, Deram Records, FFRR Records, Mercury Records, and Polydor Records. In addition, some albums were reissued by Universal Music Group under the Universal Masters Collection and Millennium Edition titles.