V0022. SUZANNE CESBRON-VISEUR: Songs by Chausson, Ravel, Hüe, Georges, etc.; Arias from Faust, Sapho & Thaïs; JANE LAVAL: Songs by Pierné, Franck & Lagerat; Arias from Zauberflöte, Réquiem (Fauré), Thésée (Lully), Castor et Pollux (Rameau), Les Huguenots, Le Cid & Der Freischütz. (France) Malibran 528. - 3760003775288
“Cesbron-Viseur's…inimitable French style has disappeared in an age of mediocre singing. [This celebrated artists’s pupils included Régine Crespin & Eliette Schenneberg]….whose sound gives me chills…."
- Ward Marston, Courier-Post, 21 July, 1996
“Jane Laval was born Jane Santiard in Nizza. She studied with Hettich, Albers and Isnardon. She received the ‘Prix du Conservatoire Paris’ in 1916. She made her début at the Grand Opéra Paris in Rameau’s CASTOR ET POLLUX. She appeared at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires where she appeared as Siebel, Stéphano (ROMÉO ET JULIETTE), Frasquita and Ellen (LAKMÉ). She was invited to sing Micaëla and Nedda at the Opera of Monte Carlo. In 1921 she reappeared at the Grand Opéra where she sang the title-role in Franck’s REBECCA. She sang in operas such as Magnard’s GUERCOEUR, Bloch’s BROCÉLIANDE, Roussel’s PADMÂVATI, Emma in Mussorgsky’s KHOVANSHCHINA, Ännchen in Weber’s FREISCHÜTZ and Sophie . Later she added heavier roles to her repertoire (Elsa, Sieglinde, Nedda). She was one of the most celebrated French concert artists and sang at Fauré’s funeral. She made guest appearances at the opera houses of Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Covent Garden. Hers is a voice of remarkable purity of a rare luminous timbre.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile