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Westminster - Offenbach: The Tales Of Hoffmann /Sills, Et Al

Release Date: 03/12/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471247   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Stuart BurrowsPatricia KernBeverly SillsSusanne Marsee,   ... 
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Beverly Sills (Soprano),
Susanne Marsee (Mezzo Soprano), Norman Treigle (Bass), Nico Castel (Tenor),
Robert Lloyd (Bass), Raimund Herincx (Bass), Bernard Dickerson (Tenor),
John Noble (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London, England 
Length: 149 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Buy it while you still can July 5, 2015 By Brian Lowery (Kearneysville, WV) See All My Reviews "Overall this is a good recording of Hoffman with a very good booklet and libretto inside. That's why you want to buy the CD version instead of the MP3 file. Of course Beverly Sills is the main reason to buy. I had the chance to hear her in person (I'm 71 years old), and I can still remember how marvelous her voice was. Plus, she can handle all four roles, not many sopranos could or can say that. The rest of the cast is pretty good, particularly Susanne Marsee as Nicklausse. This is my personal opinion, but I like Hoffman with the spoken dialogue because it moves it along at a good pace. It can be a too long otherwise, and it was Offenbach's original intent to have the spoken word instead of recitative. This version has the dialogue, but many new productions have replaced spoken words with dreadful arias and even ensembles. Like I said, it's my preference, but no matter what you think about that, you won't be disappointed with this recording, a must for any fan of Les Contes D'Hoffman." Report Abuse
 Outstanding January 24, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The exquisite voices of Beverly Sills and Stuart Burrows headline a wonderful cast in this exciting and thoroughly enjoyable version of Offenbach's famous 3-part poignant story of lost love and ultimate surrender to fate (i.e.- drinking!). The individual singers here are absolutely at the top of their game, joined by the massive sound of the John Alldis Choir in the many glorious choruses which make up this opera. The sound of the London Symphony Orchestra is luxurious and energetic, providing all the orchestral excitement and panache one could wish for. I'm not sure if The Tales of Hoffman properly qualifies as a comic opera or a tragedy, probably somewhere in between. Whatever the case, this is French opera (operetta) at its finest, and I would be stunned if anyone could possibly find fault with this Deutsche Grammophon re-issue of an original Westminster Records recording from over 40 years ago. By all means, try this one- you won't be disappointed with its freshness and vitality, completely contradicting its age. Very much recommended." Report Abuse
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