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Sapho

Andrew/Oliver/Macpherson/Dickerson/Taylor/Hill Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera D'Oro
  • ASIN: B00006CTFJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OPP 1360; OPERA D'ORO - Stati Uniti; Classica Lirica

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, shame about the sound 13 Oct 2009
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do with ancient Greece 28 May 2009
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The title is misleading as the Sapho of the title is in this instance an artist's model who famously posed for a statue of the Greek poetess. The storyline of the work is almost identical to that of Puccini's La Rondine: Girl with a 'past' honourably leaves her lover to placate his bourgeois parents.

For me this is very close to outright operetta, but the music is lush and tuneful as you would expect from Massenet. It is sung and played quite well though the sound quality isn't of the very best, but if you like Massenet then the giveaway price should persuade you to add this interesting CD to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Massenet Rarity Well Done 14 Aug 2002
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This Massenet rarity should be better known than it is. The recording (at a bargain price!) makes a strong case for the work. It has plenty of tension and melodic flow. Milla Andrew shines as Fanny. If you love French opera, this is for you.
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