Charles Rousseliere      (Malibran 574)
Item# V0432
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Charles Rousseliere      (Malibran 574)
V0432. CHARLES ROUSSELIERE: Songs by Massenet, Holmes, Flégier, Saint-Saens & Leoncavallo; Arias from Die Walkure, Siegfried, Gotterdammerung, Tannhauser, Iphigénie en Tauride, Les Barbares, Damnation de Faust, Manon, La Favorite, Mireille, Le Roi d'Ys, Hérodiade, La Juive, Sigurd & La Boheme. (France) Malibran 574. - 3760003775745


“Charles Rousselière (1875-1950) is a name known only the most serious of vocal collectors. He belongs to a grand tradition of French spinto and dramatic tenors of whom Léon Escalais and Paul Franz were probably the most prominent representatives. Others whose names might be familiar to collectors are Lucien Muratore and Charles Dalmorès from the same period, and André d’Arkor and César Vezzani in a later generation. Rousselière’s voice has a firm center, plenty of power but balanced with a feel for the lyrical line and a wonderful mezza voce. A few high notes seem a bit tight, but others ring out with real authority. He seems equally at home in the music of Massenet and Gounod as he does in 1930, after he had retired from the stage, he returned to the recording studio to make eight electrical recordings....

Rousselière sang at the Paris Opéra beginning in 1900, debuting as Samson, and quickly became one of the company’s leading tenors. Apparently his singing of the title role in SIEGFRIED garnered comparison with his predecessor Jean de Reszke. The Wagnerian solos, particularly those from 1903, demonstrate a natural feel for Wagner’s music, and a healthy, strong, ringing tenor. Even the 1930 electricals are thrilling, though the voice has lost just a bit of its juice. This is a tenor with immense raw power, and an equal degree of sensitivity. His recording of Siegfried’s ‘Forging Song’ is the stuff of legends. In addition to Paris, he was a star at the Monte Carlo Opera for a decade, and also sang in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Liceu. He had the privilege of introducing PARSIFAL to Argentina at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1914...."

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE

"Rousselière's debut at the Metropolitan in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE in 1906 coincided with that of Geraldine Farrar , who received more attention; his dramatic skill was appreciated but the power of his voice, sometimes strident, suggested that he should turn to more heroic roles. This he did on his return to France, adding Otello, Lohengrin, Siegfried and Parsifal to his repertory. He also appeared in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Milan, and in his later years sang mostly at the Opéra-Comique where in 1913 he created the title role in Gustave Charpentier's JULIEN. His varied repertory is well represented in recordings made between 1903 and 1926: his voice is strong and clearly defined, his style authoritative in declamation and well mannered in more lyrical music."

- Ashot Arkelyan