OP1212. L’ATTAQUE DU MOULIN (Bruneau), Broadcast Performance, 1952, w.Bigot Cond. Jane Rolland, Hélène Bouvier, Fernand Faniard, Charles Cambon, Lucien Lovano, etc. (France) 2-Malibran 632. - 3760003776322
“The [above] performance under Eugène Bigot [offers] Rolland, Cambon and Lovano. The tenor, Fernand Faniard, has the unenviable task of competing with one of Georges Thill’s best known and most admired records in Dominique’s aria. It cannot be said that Faniard matches Thill’s vocal refulgence and security, but he had plenty of heft in the voice and sings with commitment and sensitivity. It is surprising that this lovely piece has rarely been taken up by any modern tenor….The most distinguished contribution to this recording comes from the mezzo Hélène Bouvier….remarkable for her clean attack and beautifully concentrated and focused tone.”
- Patrick Bade, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011
“Hélène Bouvier was a French operatic mezzo-soprano, particularly associated with the French repertoire. She studied at the Paris Conservatory and made her début in Nantes in the title rôle of Gluck's ORFEO ED EURIDICE, in 1930. She then left for Argentina where she sang at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Back in France, she made her début at both the Palais Garnier and the Opéra-Comique during the 1938-39 season, where she quickly established herself in rôles such as Carmen, Dalila, Charlotte, Geneviève, the mother in LOUISE, etc. She made guest appearances at La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Monte Carlo Opera, also appearing in Dresden and Leipzig, the Holland Festival, and again at the Teatro Colón from 1949 until 1965. She took part in the creation of contemporary works, notably Maurice Duruflé's ‘Requiem’ and Darius Milhaud's BOLIVAR. She was also admired in Arthur Honegger's ANTIGONE and Carl Orff's OEDIPUS REX. She retired from the stage in 1967 and taught in Paris.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron
“In the firmament of model French singers, Charles Cambon figures amongst the greatest. Thanks to the good instincts of certain artistic directors, this voice of exceptional timbre, power and range has been preserved for us in all its splendour.
Charles Cambon joined the chorus at l’Opéra in 1923, amking his solo début a year later in a small role in BORIS GODUNOV. He would remain thrity years in this illustrious theatre, making an impression as Amonasro, Valentin, Ottokar in DER FREISCHÜTZ, as Sylvio in PAGLIACCI and as the Dutchman. He appeared only once at l’Opéra-Comique as a memorable Zurga in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES. But it was radio and records that brought him fame. True opera-lovers never missed the broadcasts in which he starred, admiring his diction, his fearlessness, his fabulous top notes but also his sensibility and his dramatic instincts in the greatest roles; Rigoletto, Luna in IL TROVATORE, Athanaël, Iago and of course Hamlet.
Charles Cambon died in Paris on 17 September,1965. He lives on, thanks to recordings, as one of the most admired baritones of the French vocal tradition.”
- Jean Ziegler