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Visions ()

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composed by Alfred Bruneau, Benjamin Godard, Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Félicien David, Fromental Halévy, Georges Bizet, Henry Février, Jules Massenet, Louis Niedermeyer

Véronique Gens began her career with William Christie in Baroque opera, moving into Mozart and then into 19th century French opera and song. Visions finds her absolutely at the top of her powers. The concept indicated by the album title is a little diffuse: the pieces -- arias from opera and oratorio and freestanding orchestral cantatas -- do indeed include a few religious visions, but other pieces deal with love or deep upheaval. The visions, then, are emotions of some transcendent sort, and the program has an inwardness ...

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  1. Geneviève, opera: Introduction, Récitatif et Air De Geneviève "Seigneur! Est-Ce Bien Moi Que Vous Avez Choisie?"
  2. Les béatitudes, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, FWV 53: Mater Dolorosa "Moi, Du Sauveur, Je Suis La Mère"
  3. Stradella, opera: Récit Et Air De Léonor "Ah!... Quel Songe Affreux!"
  4. Les Guelfes, opera, Op. 70: Prélude Et Air De Jeanne "Là-Bas, Vers Le Palais"
  5. Lalla Roukh, opera: Air De Lalla-Roukh "Sous Le Feuillage Sombre"
  6. Gismonda, opera: Air De Gismonda "Dit-Elle Vrai?"
  7. Étienne Marcel, opera in 4 acts: Récit Et Air De Béatrix "Ah! Laissez-Moi, Ma Mère!"
  8. La Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts: Le Dernier Sommeil De La Vierge
  9. La Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts: Extase De La Vierge "Rêve Infini, Divine Extase"
  10. La Magicienne, opera: Récit Et Air De Blanche "Ce Sentier Nous Conduit Vers Le Couvent Voisin"
  11. Clovis et Clotilde, cantata for chorus (?and orchestra): Prière De Clotilde "Prière, Ô Doux Souffle De L'Ange!"
  12. Rédemption, for soprano, female chorus, speaker & orchestra, FWV 52: Air De L'Archange "Le Flot Se Lève"
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