Hymel, Bryan

Héroïque - French Opera Arias

24 Feb 2015

Barcode: 0825646179503

Other participants: Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia

This recital, Héroïque, is tenor Bryan Hymel’s first studio recording for Warner Classics. Its imaginatively conceived programme showcases him in repertoire that he has made his own on stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera: opera in French that demands a thrilling heroism in both voice and style – and a top register of outstanding brilliance, since the album offers a grand total of 19 top C’s. On the world's great stages, Hymel has gone from Don José in Carmen to Enée in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, the title role in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable, Henri in Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes and Arnold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.

The Times: “A Héroïque performance from a tenor on the up... The voice is strong, tightly-focused, darkly coloured and unusually even across all registers... Hymel undoubtedly casts a powerful spell.”

"A stunning disc of French opera arias cements American tenor Bryan Hymel's place among today's stars...It’s as though three tenors – lyric, dramatic and Heldentenor – coexisted within a single body. […]He’s fast approaching the point where only Jonas Kaufmann stands in his way." -Sinfini

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Rossini: Guillaume Tell, Act 4: "Ne m'abandonne point... Asile héréditaire... Amis, amis secondez ma vengeance" (Arnold)  - Bryan Hymel 
02 Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, Pt. 4: "Nature immense" (Fausto)  - Bryan Hymel 
03 Verdi: Jérusalem, Act 2: "L'Emir auprès de lui ma'ppelle... Je veux encore entendre ta Voix" (Gaston)  - Bryan Hymel 
04 Les vêpres siciliennes, Act 4: "O jour de peine et de souffrance" (Henry)  - Bryan Hymel 
05 Les Troyens, Act 5: "Inutiles regrets" (Énée)  - Bryan Hymel 
06 La reine de Saba, Act 2: "Faiblesse de la race humaine, Inspirez-moi, race" (Adoniram)  - Bryan Hymel 
07 L'Africaine, Act 4: "Pays merveilleux... O Paradis... Conduisez-moi vers ce navire" (Vasco de Gama)  - Bryan Hymel 
08 Massenet: Hérodiade, Act 4: "Ne pouvant réprimer les élans de la foi" (Jean)  - Bryan Hymel 
09 Reyer: Sigurd, Act 2: "Le bruit des chants s' étend" (Sigurd)  - Bryan Hymel 
10 L'attaque du Moulin, Act 2: "Le jour tombe, Adieu, forêt profonde" (Dominique)  - Bryan Hymel 
11 Rabaud: Rolande et le mauvais garcon, Act 4: "Chante vieux jardin ta chanson de cigale" (Gaspard)  - Bryan Hymel 

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