Romances - Berlioz: Arrangements For Voice & Guita

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Label: ATMA
Catalog: ACD2 2800
Format: CD

To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz, ATMA Classique and Festival Classica present the first complete recording of the composer’s arrangements of romances for voice and guitar. Selected from The Recueil de romances avec accompagnement de guitare, most of these pieces are arrangements of popular tunes from the comic operas that were all the rage in Paris in Berlioz’s time. Soprano Magali Simard-Galdes and tenor Antonio Figueroa are accompanied by David Jacques, who plays an 1829 Jean-Joseph Coffe guitar. The young Quebecoise soprano Magali Simard-Galdes has been acclaimed for her crystalline timbre, great musicality, and magnetic stage present. Recent debuts include the role of Sophie in Werther for Opera de Quebec, and Louisette in Bonsoir viosin at Opera Lafayette. Montreal native Antonio Figueroa began his career with the Opera de Montreal in their artist-in-residence program. He has won several awards, including the International Vocal Arts Institute’s Silverman Prize for his performance as Belmonte. Guitarist and lutenist David Jacques has a Ph.D. in early music performance from the Universitie de Montreal. His discography consists of more than 50 recordings across several labels.

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