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Massenet: Werther / Chailly, Domingo, Obraztosova


Release Date: 04/20/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413304   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Gertrud OttenthalLászló AnderkoKurt MollFranz Grundheber,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony OrchestraCologne Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The orchestral sound is particularly beautiful, with Chailly a warmly understanding conductor and Domingo at his sweetest.

...[T]is reissue of a warmly evocative set makes a welcome return to the catalogue. The orchestral sound is particularly beautiful, as one registers in the opening prelude, arid the new transfers are excellent... As a performance this recording, like the one under Plasson which appeared from HMV at about the same time, was quickly overtaken by the Sir Colin Davis set on Philips on most counts. But between the two earlier ones I certainly preferred this with Chailly a warmly understanding conductor and Domingo at his sweetest. Alfredo Kraus on HMV is to my mind well below his usual stylish self,
Read more distressingly so in "Pourquoi me reveiller", where Domingo may not be quite so perceptive of word detail, but the tonal shading is a joy. Elena Obraztsova's vibrato is at times obtrusive, but rather less than usual on record, while Arleen Auger makes an outstanding Sophie.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [11/1984]
reviewing an LP reissue of this performance, DG 413304
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Works on This Recording

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Werther by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Gertrud Ottenthal (Soprano), László Anderko (Bass), Kurt Moll (Bass),
Franz Grundheber (Bass Baritone), Arleen Augér (Soprano), Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano),
Wolfgang Vater (Bass), Alejandro Vazquez (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1979 
Venue:  Forumhalle, Leverkusen 
Length: 128 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 

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