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Thread: Offenbach Opera on CD - Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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    Ones to miss/put on the Music Magpie pile:

    The Sills comes in this category as does this one:

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I said that I wasn't going to pick a winner, but I think there are two sets that for various reasons are pretty consistently good throughout and more strong points than shortcomings and they are the following:

    Not perfect, but this mostly francophone cast is very strong and we get the opera (almost) as Offenbach wanted it:

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    I almost got this set when I bought the Bonynge, which I'd had on LP. I rather wish I'd gone for it now. I do like Alagna in French opera. I did a comparative review of some of the various recordings of Werther a few years ago and rather surprised myself by finding the Pappano with Alagna came out as my top choice. Mind you, unlike Hoffmann, the opera has been extremely lucky on disc and I like most of the recordings I've heard. Cohen would probably win if it wasn't for the ancient sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I almost got this set when I bought the Bonynge, which I'd had on LP. I rather wish I'd gone for it now. I do like Alagna in French opera. I did a comparative review of some of the various recordings of Werther a few years ago and rather surprised myself by finding the Pappano with Alagna came out as my top choice. Mind you, unlike Hoffmann, the opera has been extremely lucky on disc and I like most of the recordings I've heard. Cohen would probably win if it wasn't for the ancient sound.
    I'm not a huge Massenet fan, but I much prefer Werther to Manon or any of the other operas. I agree that there are quite a few good recordings out there and Pappano's is possibly my favourite too. (However I couldn't be without the dream team of Gedda and De los Angeles with Pretre.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I'm not a huge Massenet fan, but I much prefer Werther to Manon or any of the other operas. I agree that there are quite a few good recordings out there and Pappano's is possibly my favourite too. (However I couldn't be without the dream team of Gedda and De los Angeles with Pretre.)

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    Werther
    is my favourite Massenet too, and I also like the De Los Angeles/Gedda pairing too. Of the other operas, I prefer Massenet's treatment of Manon to Puccini's, as I think Massenet captures better the essence of the original Prévost novel. De Los Angeles is a superb Manon too in the classic Monteux recordings.

    Some of the others I like better for certain individual performances, Von Stade's Cendrillon and Fleming's Thaïs, for instance.
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