Caballé's Herodiade (Massenet)

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Caballé's Herodiade (Massenet)

Post by Lance » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:15 am


Not that many complete recordings of Massenet's four-act opera Herodiade have been made. It premiered in 1881 in Belgium. And certainly one featuring the caliber of singers in this live 1984 performance, recorded in Barcelona, hasn't been matched by other recordings. Here we have Montserrat Caballé as Salomé, Hérodiade with Dunja Vejzovic, José Carreras as Jean, Juan Pons as Hérode, and other cast embers with the Orchestra & Chorus of Teatre Liceu-Barcelona led by Jacques Delacote. Being a live performance, and no doubt recorded surreptitiously from the audience on non-state-of-the-art recording equipment that, unfortunately, has a number of sound dropouts, yet still gives one all the excitement of a wonderful live performance to an audience who obviously is well "taken in." Caballé's voice is as pure as silk with her pianissimi trademark in top form. Caballé never made a commercial recording of this opera, but those who follow her art will immediately find this two-disc set appealing. The recording was issued by Legato Classics [182, 2 CDs]. This is not a new release, but has been "hanging around" for at least a few years if not longer.
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Re: Caballé's Herodiade (Massenet)

Post by lennygoran » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:23 am

Lance I love the music-if only someone here in NY would perform it-why does the Met have to repeat Thais-they ought to give this Massenet a go. Regards, Len

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