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DELIBES: Lakme (Robin, Disney, Sebastian) (1952)

Composer(s):Delibes, Leo
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111235-36
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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This 1952 recording of Lakmé features a fine Francophone cast of the period led by the Hungarian-born conductor, Georges Sébastian, who eventually settled in Paris, where he became chief conductor at the Paris Opéra, as well as appearing frequently at the Opéra-Comique and with the Orchestre National.The great soprano Mado Robin made her début at the Paris Opéra in 1945 as Gilda, and gave her first performance as Lakmé, which was to become her most famous rôle, the following year at the Opéra-Comique. She enjoyed enormous popularity in France, where she was also a frequent broadcaster, her exceptional vocal range enabling her to sing a wide repertoire. She died in Paris in 1960, a few days before the 1,500th

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Ward Marston’s Naxos transfer restores all the bloom of John Culshaw’s original excellent sound-balance, including that on Mado Robin’s voice. This set is well worth having at budget price, more especially as the bonus is a trio of arias splendidly sung by famous French singers from the late 1920s and early 1930s. These include Miguel Villabella’s honeyed Prendre le dessin l’un bijouFantaisie aux divins mensonges (1931), Robert Couzinou’s ardent and very French Lakmé, ton doux regard se voile (1927), and another spectacular Bell Song from Leila Ben Sedira (1929). The transfers are again very real and vivid.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007

There was a time when Lakme enjoyed a place in the repertoire of many major opera houses, yet around the world today the name of Leo Delibes hangs on his two ballets, Coppelia and Sylvia. After early promise his student days were unconvincing, and he was placed on the musical treadmill as organist and accompanist so as to provide for his widowed mother. It was as a theatre rehearsal pianist that he learned his craft as a composer of ballet and opera, and handed some routine work by hard-pressed composers encouraged him to start work writing operettas. From there he branched into ballet and eventually into 'serious' opera, Le roi l'a dit composed in 1873 finally gaining him national recognition. Yet it was only Lakme, completed ten

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