Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Offenbach
Excerpts from – Orphée aux enfers, La belle Hélène & La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
Singers include Natalie Dessay, François Le Roux, Felicity Lott & Véronique Gens

Orchestre & Choeur de l’Opéra National de Lyon
Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble
Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
Les Musiciens de Louvre-Grenoble
Marc Minkowski

Recording dates and locations not advised save for production years of 1998-2005
CD No: VIRGIN CLASSICS 3 91344 2
Duration: 77 minutes
Reviewed: August 2007
Delightfully frothy music, irrepressibly witty and charming, and with a melodic contour that always reaches out to the listener. These excerpts are well-chosen, all the hits are here, whether seductively slow or rapaciously fast and enjoy the verve and affection of Minkowski’s conducting, the flair and sensitivity of the orchestras, and the vocal sureness of the stellar singers’ innate assumptions.

 

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