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Massenet: Le Portrait De Manon; Berlioz: Les Nuits D'ete

Massenet / Paterson / Krafft
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 47   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetHector Berlioz
Performer:  Pablo BemschHanna HippSusana GasparZhengzhong Zhou
Conductor:  Geoffrey PatersonVolker Krafft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southbank Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release features a double bill of Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon and Berlioz's song cycle Les nuits d'été, recorded from live staged performances at the Royal Opera House with artists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Southbank Sinfonia led by Geoffrey Paterson and Volker Krafft. This is the first time the composers Massenet and Berlioz have appeared as part of the Opera Rara catalogue. The single-disc set comes with a lavishly illustrated book, including a complete libretto for Le Portrait de Manon and song translations for Les nuits d'été, as well as detailed notes on both pieces written by the eminent musicologist Hugh Macdonald. This release features a double bill of Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon and Berlioz's song cycle Les nuits d'été, recorded from live staged performances at the Royal Opera House with artists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Southbank Sinfonia led by Geoffrey Paterson and Volker Krafft. This is the first time the composers Massenet and Berlioz have appeared as part of the Opera Rara catalogue. The single-disc set comes with a lavishly illustrated book, including a complete libretto for Le Portrait de Manon and song translations for Les nuits d'été, as well as detailed notes on both pieces written by the eminent musicologist Hugh Macdonald. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le portrait de Manon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Pablo Bemsch (Tenor), Hanna Hipp (Mezzo Soprano), Susana Gaspar (Soprano),
Zhengzhong Zhou (Baritone)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Paterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southbank Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Paris, France 
2.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Susana Gaspar (Soprano), Hanna Hipp (Mezzo Soprano), Pablo Bemsch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Volker Krafft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southbank Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 

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