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Massenet: Thais / Maazel, Sills, Milnes, Gedda

Release Date: 09/26/1995 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 65479   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Sherrill MilnesBeverly SillsNicolai Gedda
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis ChoirNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"One of Massenet’s finest operas, a work which should be much more widely performed than it is, Thaïs is based on a novel by Anatole France. Athanaël, a monk in fourth-century Alexandria, converts a courtesan, Thaïs, who then becomes a nun. Unfortunately, he is enamoured of her and attempts to address her passionately as she lies dying. Strong, if odd, stuff, and Massenet clothes it in one of his most erotically appealing scores. Thaïs is convincingly characterised by Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes brings his magnificent voice to the role of the amorous monk Athanaël, and Nicolai Gedda is a model of French style as Nicias, the philosopher-friend of Athanaël. The smaller roles are entrusted for the most Read more part to excellent English singers such as Ann Murray, Norma Burrowes and Richard Van Allan... The 1976 recording is vivid, somewhat favouring the voices but not too obtrusively."

Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Thaďs by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Language: French 

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