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Berlioz
Les nuits d’été
Ravel
Shéhérazade
Duparc
Chanson triste
L'invitation au voyage
Debussy
La damoiselle élue
Hildegard Behrens (soprano)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Francis Travis [Berlioz]

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Janice Taylor (mezzo-soprano) [Debussy]
Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus [Debussy]
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart

Recorded in October 1983 in the Sofiensaal, Vienna (Berlioz) and October 1981 in Davies Hall, San Francisco
CD No: PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 476 7982
Duration: 78 minutes
Reviewed: November 2006
Hildegard Behrens here relishes Berlioz’s cycle, delivering a sensuous performance of surprising delicacy – ‘Le spectre de la rose’ is particularly fine. The remainder of the disc belongs to Elly Ameling, who so excelled in French song. The fragrant exoticism of Ravel’s "Shéhérazade" is perfectly captured, as is the languid beauty of "L’invitation au voyage". Both conductors ensure sensitive orchestral accompaniments.

 

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