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Delibes: Lakmé / Lombard, Mesplé, Burles, Soyer, Et Al


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67745   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Léo Delibes
Performer:  Agnes DisneyMonique LinvalCharles BurlesDanielle Millet,   ... 
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique OrchestraParis Opéra Comique Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DELIBES Lakmé Mady Mesplé ( Lakmé ); Charles Burles ( Gerald ); Roger Soyer ( Nilakantha ); Danielle Millet ( Mallika ); Jean-Christophe Benoît ( Frédéric ); Agnès Disney ( Miss Bentson ); Alain Lombard, cond; Read more Théâtre de l’Opéra Comique O & Ch EMI 67745 (2 CDs: 149:09 Text and Translation)


This recording may in many ways exemplify the old adage, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” The cast is not, in each individual role, the strongest on records, but in toto the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Listening through headphones clearly reveals numerous tape splices, particularly in those passages featuring tenor Charles Burles. The sound quality is typical EMI standard of the era, meaning a somewhat shallow perspective on both voices and orchestra. Collectors younger than 45 may not even believe that this front-rank recording, now considered a phonographic classic, was not even issued in America on EMI’s top-rank label (Angel) but rather on its budget affiliate, Seraphim. Why was this? Possibly because, the year before, superstar Joan Sutherland had issued her own recording of Lakmé featuring the great French tenor Alain Vanzo, and sales of that set had not really abated by the time this one came out in 1971.


Yet those of us who bought the set without even knowing what the principals sounded like—and at that time, only bass Roger Soyer was well known in the U.S.—were utterly charmed by Mesplé’s intelligent, thoughtful, alternately vulnerable and independent Lakmé and Burles’s sensitively shaded, quintessentially French-sounding Gerald. (A caveat: Though Mesplé’s recordings were not readily available in the U.S., she did have an excellent reputation, via reports from foreign correspondents in the opera magazines, as being a first-class musician and a marvelous stage actress.) If Lakmé was a “chick opera” (pardon the profiling!), this recording was the chick performance supreme. And it still is.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley [5/2012]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lakmé by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Agnes Disney (Mezzo Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano), Charles Burles (Tenor),
Danielle Millet (Soprano), Mady Mesplé (Soprano), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone),
Bernadette Antoine (Soprano), Roger Soyer (Bass), Joseph Peyron (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra,  Paris Opéra Comique Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 149 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster): Prélude
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: A l'heure accoutumée (Mallika/Hadji/Choeur/Nilakantha)
Lakmé - Acte I : Blanche Dourga, Pâle Siva ! (Lakmé, Choeur, Nilakantha) (Remasterisé En 2002)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Lakmé, c'est toi qui nous protèges! (Nilakantha/Lakmé/Hadji/Mallika)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Viens, Mallika (Lakmé/Mallika)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Dôme épais le jasmin à la rose s'assemble (Lakmé/Mallika)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Miss Rose, Miss Ellen, respectez les clôtures! (Miss Bentson/Ellen/Rose/Gérald/Frédéric)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Quand une femme est si jolie (Miss Bentson/Ellen/Rose/Gérald/Frédéric)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Nous commettons un sacrilège (Miss Bentson/Ellen/Rose/Gérald/Frédéric)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Prendre le dessin d'un bijou (Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Fantaisie aux divins mensonges (Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Non! je ne veux pas toucher (Gérald/Lakmé/Mallika)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Les fleurs me paraissent plus belles (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Pourquoi dans les grands bois (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Ah! Mallika! Mallika! (Lakmé/Mallika/Hadji)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: D'où viens-tu? Que veux-tu? (Lakmé/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: C'est le dieu de la jeunesse (Lakmé/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One: Viens! là! là! (Hadji/Nilakantha/Lakmé/Choeur)
Lakmé - Acte I : Entr'acte (Orchestre) (Remasterisé En 2002)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Alllons, avant que midi sonne (Choeur)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ces égoïstes, peu formalistes (Miss Bentson/Choeur/Frédéric/Rose)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Enfin! Nous aurons du silence! (Miss Bentson/Frédéric/Rose)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Airs de danse (Orchestre): Terâna (Orchestre)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Airs de danse (Orchestre): Rektah (Orchestre)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Airs de danse (Orchestre): Persian (Orchestre avec choeur)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Airs de danse (Orchestre): Coda (Orchestre avec choeur)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Airs de danse (Orchestre): Sortie (Orchestre)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Voyez donc ce vieillard et cette jeune fille! (Rose/Frédéric/Miss Bentson/Ellen/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ah! ce vieillard encore...C'est un pauvre qui mendie (Rose/Nilakantha/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Lakmé, ton doux regard se voile (Nilakantha)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ah! c'est de ta douleur (Lakmé/Nilakantha)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ah!...Par les dieux inspirée (Lakmé/Nilakantha/Choeur)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Où va la jeune indoue (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Là-bas dans la forêt plus sombre (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: La rage me dévore (Nilakantha/Lakmé/Choeur/Gérald/Frédéric)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Au milieu des chants d'allégresse (Nilakantha/Choeur/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Le maître ne pense qu'à sa vengeance (Hadji)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Lakmé! Lakmé! C'est toi! (Gérald/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ah! c'est l'amour endormi (Gérald/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Dans la forêt près de nous (Gérald/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ô douce enchanteresse, parle, parle toujours! (Gérald/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ô Dourga, toi qui renais....Dourga, entends nos voix! (Choeur)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Voyez cette ville en fête! (Ellen/Rose/Miss Bentson/Frédéric/Gérald/Choeur)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: C'est un rêve, une folie (Gérald/Choeur/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Entr'acte
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Sous le ciel tout étoilé (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Quel vague souvenir alourdit ma pensée? (Gérald/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Lakmé! Lakmé! Lakmé! Ah! viens, dans la forêt profonde (Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Là, je pourrai t'entendre (Lakmé/Choeur/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Descendons la pente doucement (Lakmé/Choeur/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Vivant!...Ah! Frédéric! (Frédéric/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Ils allaient deux à deux (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Ce n'est plus toi! (Lakmé/Gérald)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Ciel!...Alerte!...Nos soldats! (Gérald/Choeur/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Tu m'as donné le plus doux rêve (Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Ce que je lis sur ton visage (Gérald/Lakmé)
Lakmé (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: C'est lui! C'est lui! (Nilakantha/Lakmé/Gérald)

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