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Vive Offenbach! / Rosenthal, Mesple, Monte Carlo PO


Release Date: 11/13/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49361   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Charles BurlesMichel HamelMichel TrempontJean-Philippe Lafont,   ... 
Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic OrchestraJean Laforge Choral Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pomme d'Api, Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez Jul and Mesdames de la Halle are not only typical of Offenbach but present different facets of his inimitable talent... [In Pomme d'Api] Mady Mesplé, the star of the whole set, is excellent as the maid to an old lecher who, it transpires, is her ex-lover's uncle... Monsieur Choufleuri is hilarious and I found myself laughing aloud... Outstanding is the Meyerbeer-like bolero sung by Mady Mesplé [in Mesdames de la Halle]... This is a delightful addition to the catalogue...

-- John Lade, The Tablet [12/24/1983]
reviewing the original LP release


[Mesplé] is glittering and
Read more expressive in the aria from Pomme d'Api, one of three one-act operettas by Offenbach that she also recorded complete in Monte-Carlo, as here, but with Manuel Rosenthal in the pit in 1982. The other two were Monsieur Choufleuri and Mesdames de la Halle. If they are still available they are definitely worth seeking out.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
reviewing Mady Mesplé's Operetta Arias, EMI 47545 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pomme d'api by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Charles Burles (Tenor), Michel Hamel (Tenor), Michel Trempont (Tenor),
Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone), Mady Mesplé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jean Laforge Choral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Paris, France 
Language: French 
2.
Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le... by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Michel Trempont (Tenor), Michel Hamel (Tenor), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone),
Mady Mesplé (Soprano), Charles Burles (Tenor), Leonard Pezzino (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jean Laforge Choral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Paris, France 
Language: French 
3.
Mesdames de la Halle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Michel Hamel (Tenor), Charles Burles (Tenor), Michel Trempont (Tenor),
Leonard Pezzino (Tenor), Mady Mesplé (Soprano), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone)
Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jean Laforge Choral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Paris, France 
Language: French 

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