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Berlioz: Les Troyens / Lawrence, Resnik, Steber, Cassilly


Release Date: 01/09/1996 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1006   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Richard CassillyMartial SingherChester WatsonRegina Sarfaty,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Lawrence
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Selection recorded December 29, 1959 and January 12, 1960. Selection recorded December 29, 1959 and January 12, 1960. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Les troyens by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Richard Cassilly (Tenor), Martial Singher (Baritone), Chester Watson (Bass),
Regina Sarfaty (Mezzo Soprano), John Dennison (Baritone), William Lewis (Tenor),
Frances Wyatt (Mezzo Soprano), Kenneth [Bass Voice] Smith (Bass), Eleanor Steber (Soprano),
Regina Resnik (Soprano), Glade Peterson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Lawrence
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 195 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Historic Carnegie Hall Les Troyens May 2, 2013 By R Neville-Jackson (New Barnet, Hertfordshire) See All My Reviews "I love Les Troyens and happily go along with the claim that it is one of the greatest of all 19th century operas and for anyone who feels the same, they should hear this performance. It should be said at the outset that the sound is not perfect - but it's not at all bad considering this comes from a concert performance at Carnegie Hall in 1960. The conductor was to have been Thomas Beecham but for reasons not made clear in the enclosed leaflet, Robert Lawrence had to take over pretty much at the last minute. Overall he does a good job although some of his tempi are erratic and on the slow side, at other times he settles into perfect speeds - the gorgeous Act Four quintet, septet and duet go wonderfully. However, the main reason Berlioz fans will want this will be to hear the three principals in these roles. Eleanor Steber is a very intense and exciting Cassandra, Regina Resnik (a great singing actress) a sympathetic and noble Dido and Richard Cassilly an heroic Aeneas - although there are one or two slight moments of strain. Some of Dido's Act Five music is cut, but this was commonplace at the time - it seems to be the same edition Kubelik used at Covent Garden in 1957, but there is much to enjoy here and I would not want to be without it." Report Abuse
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