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Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann / Cluytens [includes CD-ROM]

Offenbach / Cluytens / Gedda / Schwarzkopf / Blanc
Release Date: 04/20/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 56394   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Nicolai GhiuselevJean-Christophe BenoitGeorge LondonGianna D'Angelo,   ... 
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos ChorusOrchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘In a celebrated cast, Gedda, as Hoffmann, sings beautifully and with dramatic feeling, Victoria de los Angeles is a delightful Antonia, Schwarzkopf brings sumptuous creamy tone to Giulietta, Blanc is a splendid Dapertutto, and the smaller parts, mostly taken by French singers, sound completely idiomatic.’ -- (Gramophone) ‘In a celebrated cast, Gedda, as Hoffmann, sings beautifully and with dramatic feeling, Victoria de los Angeles is a delightful Antonia, Schwarzkopf brings sumptuous creamy tone to Giulietta, Blanc is a splendid Dapertutto, and the smaller parts, mostly taken by French singers, sound completely idiomatic.’ -- (Gramophone) Read less

Works on This Recording

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Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), George London (Bass Baritone),
Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Ernest Blanc (Baritone),
Robert Geay (Bass)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 offenbach May 4, 2016 By j. almenar See All My Reviews "offenbach is teh better" Report Abuse
 As it was meant to be cast. March 10, 2016 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "This is one of my very favorite recordings of this opera because it is cast with 3 different women in the 3 roles, as it was meant to be done. I admire those few sopranos who have successfully attempted all 3 roles but somehow they all fall short for me on at least one of the three. In this recording Gedda is without question exemplary in his role and Schwarkopr, D'Angelo and de los Angeles as perfectly suited vocally for their parts. I find it far more interesting to have 3 different women also because you have 3 different personalities in the roles. Each person brings their own idea of the character to light through their individual personalities. Also their body types help make the characters more individual as well. In spite of the great accomplishment of sopranos like Sills and Sutherland in their recordings, I still prefer this recording over them for the above reasons. This is Les Contes D'Hoffman as it was meant to be done." Report Abuse
 Tales of Hoffman cd June 3, 2014 By william blau (East Hartford, CT) See All My Reviews "I bought this set as a gift for a friend, I already have my own copy for over 15 years and like it a lot. Very good singers and orchestra and chorus, recorded sound is above reproach. In a few arias I wish M. Cluytens (the conductor) were not in such a hurry. My only problem is that this CD company is too cheap to supply a libretto on paper, CD ROM is awkward. Older set (mine) came with a full paper libretto. I note that a number of sellers are going this route, again, it is awkward to have to refer to a computer for text, or instruction, when trying to learn to operate a new appliance, or follow an operatic text, etc. Come on, guys, surely you can save a few trees, or pennies, some other way! But overall I am very happy with the prompt service and excellent quality of the discs, has not changed from earlier release. Keep up the good work, guys." Report Abuse
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