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Pathé Opera Series Vol 4 - Verdi: Le Trouvére / Fontaine

Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52026-2   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jane MorletCharles FontaineJean NotéLouis (Georges Noël) Nansen,   ... 
Conductor:  François Ruhlmann
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vocal collectors who've been hanging onto the defunct Bourg label's horrific vinyl transfer of this 1912 Trovatore (sung in French, and slightly cut in places) can now trade in the LPs for a tootsie roll. Remastering genius Ward Marston works wonders as he divines more sonic information than anyone's ever heard from rather dicey source material. Pathé's hill-and-dale 78s were not exactly state-of-the-art audio, even by the acoustic era's limited standards. The orchestra sounds like a blatty wind-up-toy, but the voices leap out at you with newfound vivacity. The late-19th-century French Verdi tradition was rich in vocal talent, as you readily hear. What we'd give nowadays for an elegant, powerful Manrico like Charles Fontaine, partnered by Read more Jane Morlet's supple and involving Leonore. The great Belgian bass Jean Noté makes a riveting Count, and Ketty Lapeyrette brings Azucenza to colorful life. A quintet of classic Le Trouvère excerpts featuring golden age French singers fill out disc two, including soprano Lucette Korsoff, and the unusual, dark bass voice of Juste Nivette. Excellent notes and full discographical data round out another winner in Marston's ongoing Pathé opera cycle.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jane Morlet (Soprano), Charles Fontaine (Tenor), Jean Noté (Baritone),
Louis (Georges Noël) Nansen (Tenor), Catherine (Ketty) Lapeyrette (Mezzo Soprano), Marie Gantéri (Soprano),
Robert Marvini (Bass)
Conductor:  François Ruhlmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1912 
Language: French 

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