Notes and Editorial Reviews
As for the performance...it is superior in every way to the 1960 recording under Dervaux... Barbara Hendricks has a silvery beauty of voice, charmingly apt in the Brahma Invocation, and she is always imaginatively involved: her ''Je fremis, je chancelle'' in Act 3 most touchingly embodies the frightened young girl who sees tragedy before her. John Aler...sings his off-stage serenade most gracefully and is even better in the Love Duet. The Nourabad, Jean-Philippe Courtis, is authoritative and sonorous, and Gino Quilico invests his role with such splendid qualities that for once Zurga takes his rightful place as the central figure in the drama. The Act 3 solo sung conventionally can seem to be little more than Buggins's turn for the baritone,
here it is heard as a reflective, deeply personal soliloquy, which with the subsequent duet constitutes the most moving part of the whole performance.
Plasson favours generally slower speeds than the metronome markings (Bizet's?) in the score but all is in due proportion and kept within welljudged limits. Orchestral playing is fine, and the chorus work particularly neat... [N]ot to be missed.
-- Gramophone [1/1990]
Works on This Recording
Les pęcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet
John Aler (Tenor),
Gino Quilico (Baritone),
Barbara Hendricks (Soprano),
Jean-Phillipe Courtis (Bass)
Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,
Toulouse Capitole Chorus
Written: 1863; France
Date of Recording: 1989
Venue: Halle-Aux-Grains, Toulouse, France
Length: 126 Minutes 57 Secs.
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