V2605. SUZANNE CESBRON-VISEUR: Songs by Chausson, Ravel, Hué, Georges, etc.; Arias from Faust, Sapho & Thaïs; JANE LAVAL: Songs by Pierné, Franck, etc.; Arias from Zauberflöte, Réquiem (Fauré), Thésée (Lully), Castor et Pollux (Rameau), Les Huguenots, Le Cid & Der Freischütz. (France) Malibran 528, recorded 1926-29. - 3760003775288
“Those behind the Malibran label are to be congratulated once again for introducing and making available…samples of the artistry of two lesser-known French sopranos, Suzanne Cesbron-Viseur and Jane Laval, who were active during the first half of the 20th century….both studied at the Paris Conservatoire and both won prestigious singing prizes….In combination, the near absence of these two singers from the current CD catalogues and the interesting and little-known repertoire choices of some of the tracks make this a desirable addition to the shelves of the serious CD collector who is willing to experiment.”
- Chris Ball, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2019
"Cesbron-Viseur's inimitable French style has disappeared in an age of mediocre singing. [This celebrated artists's pupils included Régine Crespin & Eliette Schenneberg.]"
- Ward Marston, Courier-Post, 21 July, 1996
"Jane Laval studied with Hettich, Albers and Isnardon. She received the Prix du Conservatoire Paris in 1916. She made her debut at the Grand Opéra Paris in Rameau's CASTOR ET POLLUX. She appeared at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires where she appeared as Siebel, Stéphano (ROMEO ET JULIETTE), Frasquita and Ellen (LAKME). She was invited to sing Micaela 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 BROCLIANDE, Roussel's PADMAVATI, Emma in Mussorgsky's KHOVANSHCHINA, Annchen in Weber's FREISCHUTZ 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 Faurés 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