V2258. FREDERICA von STADE, w.de Almeida Cond. Royal Phil.: Chants d'Auvergne, Vols. I & II (Canteloube). (E.U.) 2-Newton Classics 880274, recorded 14 June, 1982. - 8718247711741
“While von Stade's sweet, lyrical timbre is eminently suitable for the more gentle heroines, she was also delightfully coltish yet still aristocratic as Cherubino, her most famous role, and other trouser roles such as Massenet's Chérubin, Hansel, and Octavian, a spunky Rosina, and she even created the role of the utterly villainous Marquise de Merteuil in Conrad Susa and Philip Littell's THE DANGEROUS LIAISONS. She specializes in Mozart, Rossini, and nineteenth century French repertoire, but she also sings Monteverdi, Rameau, and Richard Strauss, the mezzo version of Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, French chanson, and German lieder, as well as jazz and musical theater songs.
She was always careful in building her repertoire, never pushing her voice further than Octavian in ROSENKAVALIER, which she added to her repertoire in 1976, or Charlotte in WERTHER, which she took on in 1980.
While she never recorded Rosina, one of her finer roles, she made a number of excellent recordings. Her ‘Songs of the Auvergne’ are a model of grace and simplicity.”
- Anne Feeney, allmusic.com
“'Living with Joseph Canteloube's music and enjoying the pleasure of singing his songs is more like being in love with a repertoire than being in awe of it', says Frederica von Stade. 'Canteloube displays a natural, almost childlike talent for storytelling in his music, and the sophistication of his orchestral settings actually emphasises the purity and simplicity of the folk he loved so deeply. Though he may not be a great composer - as Mozart or Beethoven are great - still there is greatness in the sheer beauty of his expression'. Born in the town of Annonay in the Auvergne region of south-central France, Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret (1879-1957) accomplished for his native folk what his fellow ethno-musicologists Béla Bartók and Zóltan Kodály did for the music of Hungary, and Cecil Sharp for the music of England. In 1901 Canteloube enrolled in the Paris Schola Cantorum, where he entered the orbit of Vincent d'Indy, whose infectious passion for French folk culture was perhaps the most important influence on Canteloube's development. In addition, he enjoyed a close friendship with Joseph Marie Déodat de Séverac (1873-1921), whose compositions, according to Pierre Lalo, were 'full of the fragrance of the earth'. After many years this wonderful set makes its return as a unique two cd set on Newton Classics.”
- Ned Ludd