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    7 operas for just over £30 seems a pretty good bargain.

    The Manon is, IMO, the best recording of it ever made (despite mono sound), and the Werther is certainly amongst the best. Mind you it's one of those operas that has been extraordinarily lucky on disc.

    The others I don't really know, though they mostly seem self-recommending. That said the Decca Thaïs with Fleming pretty much swept aside the competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post

    7 operas for just over £30 seems a pretty good bargain.

    The Manon is, IMO, the best recording of it ever made (despite mono sound), and the Werther is certainly amongst the best. Mind you it's one of those operas that has been extraordinarily lucky on disc.

    The others I don't really know, though they mostly seem self-recommending. That said the Decca Thaïs with Fleming pretty much swept aside the competition.
    Wow! A lot of stellar names in the cast listings.
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    Nice!

    NickFuller's article on Massenet is a good reference here. Of the four operas you didn't mention he names the recording in this set the best for three of them. He does not name a favorite recording of Sapho.

    There aren't many recordings of Don Quichotte but I really do love the Plasson with José van Dam.

    Happy listening!

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    Fleming's Thais is excellent but Sills's is also

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    Sound like a great boxset... Wish EMI had had Le Cid, La Navarraise, Cléopâtre, and Esclarmonde recorded.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Fleming's Thais is excellent, but Sills's is also
    ^Both Fleming and Sills are great Thais, but I always find myself prefer the French sopranos of the 50s-60s ( Boué, Esposito, Brumaire, Doria), especially Renee Doria (who was the Sapho in the above box set). Doria's voice can be easily dismissed as pallid and even shrill, but I think her unmannered, unaffected singing after Thais' conversion sound more correct than Fleming's and Sills' somewhat over-the-top characterization. Also, we don't have to guess whose French is better.

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