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Régine Crespin was an artist of sensitivity, breathtaking vocal effects and one who knew when to step offstage to spend the remainder of her luminous career teaching younger singer her craft. Gone 2007, aged 80, she’s still missed, but for those who treasure her memory, this recording is a must.
# Composer: Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Règine Crespin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN: B000FG5PHM
# Size: 938 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Another of the inordinately gifted and celebrated sopranos of our day, Régine Crespin, left a significant number of superb recordings that will serve of reminders of her legacy. For this listener one of her finest moments (and there were countless of those moments) is this recording of Maurice Ravel’s ‘Shéhérazade’ coupled with Hector Berlioz’ ‘Nuits d’été’ in collaboration with Ernest Ansermet and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Régine Crespin may have been best known in the opera houses of the world as an interpreter of the ‘big’ roles of operatic drama: she had a big voice that soared over the largest orchestras and a stage presence that commanded attention. But her recitals of songs, whether with piano or orchestra, revealed an artist of incredible communication. To say that her sound and her enunciation were perfectly ‘French’ would be too obvious. But despite the many fine sopranos and mezzo sopranos who have sung and recorded these two ethereal song cycles, Crespin tops them all. She soars on the long lines and caresses the intimate ones. One of the finest moments of recording history is her rendition of ‘Le Spectre de la rose’ from the Nuits d’été: her closing lines float in the night air and she whispers in her deep near husky sound the farewell of love. It is magic.
Analyzed folder: /96kMauRa_Sche/96k Ravel – Scheherazade – Crespin
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.09 dB -20.00 dB A1 Sheherazade – Asie.wav
DR12 -2.20 dB -20.17 dB A2 Sheherazade – La Flute Enchantee.wav
DR13 -6.15 dB -25.56 dB A3 Sheherazade – L’Indifferent.wav
DR9 -2.85 dB -15.79 dB A4 Nuits D’Ete – Villanelle.wav
DR12 -2.18 dB -20.07 dB A5 Nuits D’Ete – Le Spectre De La Rose.wav
DR9 -2.21 dB -16.71 dB B1 Nuits D’Ete – Absence.wav
DR10 -2.40 dB -18.14 dB B2 Nuits D’Ete – Sur Les Lagunes.wav
DR10 -2.70 dB -16.83 dB B3 Nuits D’Ete – Au Cimetiere .wav
DR11 -2.44 dB -17.81 dB B4 Nuits D’Ete – L’Ile Inconnue.wav
Number of files: 9
Official DR value: DR11
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