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Saint-Saens: Samson Et Dalila / Domingo, Barenboim, Orchestre De Paris


Release Date: 01/16/1992 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413297   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Michel HubertElena ObraztsovaGérard FriedmannPlacido Domingo,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de ParisOrchestre de Paris Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is a spacious, thoughtful, grand reading, deriving from performances in the Roman arena at Orange in 1978. As there Barenboim realizes the stature of this still underrated score and has the Paris forces, then under his directorship, in idiomatic support. Excellently balanced, it gives the travails of the Israelites and the rejoicing of the Dagon pagans just the right profile. All the supporting roles are well taken with special praise due to Thau's Abimelech and Lloyd's moving Old Hebrew. Domingo as Samson, in his very best voice, is notable for his defiant heroism and dignity in his later misery, and he sings French with a deal of feeling for the language's nuances."

-- Gramophone [11/1991]
"This is a spacious, thoughtful, grand reading, deriving from performances in the Roman arena at Orange in 1978. As there Barenboim realizes the stature of this still underrated score and has the Paris forces, then under his directorship, in idiomatic support. Excellently balanced, it gives the travails of the Israelites and the rejoicing of the Dagon pagans just the right profile. All the supporting roles are well taken with special praise due to Thau's Abimelech and Lloyd's moving Old Hebrew. Domingo as Samson, in his very best voice, is notable for his defiant heroism and dignity in his later misery, and he sings French with a deal of feeling for the language's nuances."

-- Gramophone [11/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Michel Hubert (Bass), Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano), Gérard Friedmann (Tenor),
Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Pierre Thau (Bass),
Robert Lloyd (Bass), Constantin Zaharia (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1978 
Venue:  Théâtre Antique National d'Orange 
Length: 125 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 

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