Having owned a copy of this opera on vinyl many years ago, with the title role sung by Renee Doria, and remembering it to be rather a lukewarm affair, I was surprised to find that this recording presents it as full, lush, gorgeous Massenet with great melodies and luscious scoring. The performance, moreover, is excellent - very well sung in good French and for once, in an opera where the heroine is supposed to be an older woman, she really does sound like one. The performance is a fairly old one - Alexander Oliver was after all Stravinsky's own Rake in his second recording, and Milla Andrew was appearing as such with Welsh National Opera probably 30 years ago (she subsequently became Ludmila Andrew). The major drawback is the sound. Whilst full enough it is beset with swishes and clicks throughout, so must either have been taken from a poor radio broadcast, or transferred from poor quality LPs. If the BBC still has a copy in their archives of this studio recording, it would be well worth issuing on their own label.