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Various Artists

The World of Offenbach (CD)

Traversing a wide span of recordings – from Ernest Ansermet, cheeky in the brilliantly-recorded overtures, to Sutherland and Crespin in voices thrilling and beguiling for the arias, this compendium offers not only the Offenbach ‘hits’ (including the Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman, both as an orchestral interlude as well as a duet), but several delightful rarities, performed by top-shelf Decca artists. Long out of print, the CD is now restored to circulation.


TRACK LIST
OFFENBACH
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
1 Barcarolle
2 Doll Song
3 Va, pour Kleinzach! … Il était une fois à la cour d’Eisenach
4 Ô Dieu! De quelle ivresse

5 La Belle Hélène: Overture

Le Papillon
6 Pas de deux – excerpt (Act II, Scene 2)
7 Valse des rayons

8 Un Mari à la porte: Valse Tyrolienne
9 Orphée aux enfers: Overture

La Périchole
10 Ô mon cher amant (Air de lettre)
11 Ah! quel diner

12 La Fille du Tambour-Major: Overture
13 Robinson Crusoé: Conduisez-moi vers celui que j’adore (Waltz Song)
14 La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: Portez armes … J’aime les militaries

Régine Crespin, soprano
Plácido Domingo, tenor
Sumi Jo, soprano
Joan Sutherland, soprano
Huguette Tourangeau, mezzo-soprano
Ernest Ansermet
Richard Bonynge
Alain Lombard