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Massenet: Werther / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu

Release Date: 06/19/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 81849   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Christopher WayneSally CannonJames Savage-HanfordKirsty Gifford,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraTiffin Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Antonio Pappano leads a sensuous and dramatically taut reading of Werther on EMI's all-star release. Werther is one of the most intimate and interior of operas, and Pappano successfully captures the mood of the protagonist's turmoil that constitutes its real drama. The leads are in strong voice and make dramatic impressions as the victims of passion in whose face they feel helpless. Roberto Alagna's Werther is consumed with love and anguish, and he sings with a ringing, heroic tone. Angela Gheorghiu's Charlotte is capable of expressing the fire that finally ignites in the third act, and her tone is pure and true, but she sounds a little mature for a 20 year old and misses the girlishness that makes Charlotte's predicament so poignant. In Read more Werther's death scene, both are hugely moving. Thomas Hampson's voice is rich and dark, and he ably conveys the complexity of Albert's emotions. In a bit of luxury casting, Patricia Petibon sparkles as the adolescent Sophie. The smaller roles are well taken, and the singers make the most of their vignettes. The London Symphony responds with sensitivity to Pappano's fluid tempi and plays with gorgeous tone. EMI's sound is ideal -- realistically present, with excellent balance.

-- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Werther by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Christopher Wayne (Treble), Sally Cannon (Treble), James Savage-Hanford (Boy Alto),
Kirsty Gifford (Treble), Pierre Dupont (Tenor), Jean-Marie Frémeau (Baritone),
Jean-Phillipe Courtis (Bass), Sarah Baillie (Treble), Sophie Boulanger (Soprano),
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Tenor), Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone),
Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Joel Gunter (Treble)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tiffin Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 128 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 

Customer Reviews

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 Beautiful style, passionate.... October 5, 2015 By Rory R. (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "A lovely performance led by Pappano with style, fervour; Alagna and Gheorghiu make a splendid pairing, not surprisingly, and the supporting cast is admirable. Passionate enough, and at times nicely understated in an opera where the temptation is go all out. Emotion held back a bit, as Alagna does at times, is often more effective." Report Abuse
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