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5.0 out of 5 stars La Crespin vie incomparable sur..., 5 Oct 2009
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This stunningly beautiful and powerful collection is a true gem. All of the praise must go to Regine Crespin who captivates and bewitches in her own way in both the song cycles and the melodies. When you hear her singing the melodies, especially Hotel and Chansons d'Orkenaise, it makes you wish she'd done more work of this nature. The searing intensity of her high notes in Absence and Au Cimetiere in the Berlioz cycle are so breathtaking that you can be forgiven for playing it over and over again. Stunning.

More specifically, the Berlioz is conducted by the consummate Ernest Ansermet. This is a conductor who truly knows how to conduct orchestral songs, he NEVER lets the orchestra subdue Crespin and her voice always soars above as it should. The orchestral tone is sumptuous. I note with disagreement that one source thought Ansermet's accompaniment is lacklustre, but I think his toning down of his forces is just what is required, the orchestral music caresses the vocal lines and the effect is mesmerising. Nowhere more apparent is this then in L'ile Inconnue. Whereas Sir John Barbirolli with Dame Janet Baker take a brisk and quite intense approach, Ansermet allows Crespin to dominate the dynamics and that is as it should be, with the emphasis going on the words and the considerable beauty of Crespin's approach. This is not to say that the Baker/Barbirolli version doesn't have merits, it was my first recording and has some gorgeous moments too (indeed, I think Baker's La Spectre de la Rose is perhaps slightly stronger than that of Crespin, it blows your mind).

Unfortunately, the recording is the major drawback in this release. That is of particular concern in the Berlioz where, although the interpretation is so close to perfect as any you'll hear, the sound is so terrible with audible bangs and creaking. It is quite shocking to come to an almost surreal moment of vocal and orchestral purity and be disturbed by a sudden crashing sound. It baffles me considering the consistently terrific quality of Decca standards. Fortunately, the melodies are in better sound and the Kingsway recordings are very special indeed. That redeems the sound balance on the record enough for me to keep the five star rating. I just couldn't come down from there!!

Audible bangs and creaks aside, make no mistake, this disc is a revelation. Crespin admirers will no doubt already have this as an integral part of their collection. For everyone else, the bargain price makes it compulsory buying, especially for those who admire French singing or melodies and orchestral songs generally. It is one of those rare discs which will keep you coming back simply because it will suit any mood you find yourself in. Recommended without reservation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Regina the regal, 13 Sep 2013
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Nobody has come close to these performances of the Berlioz (one of my much played LPs) and the Ravel, although a composer I have not previously paid a lot of attention to, was very satisfying. The reproduction quality is excellent despite the date of recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nuits d'Ete/Sheherazade - Crespin, 26 Mar 2014
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Regine Crespin was never a favourite singer of mine, either live or on disc, but her recording of Nuits d'Ete was something I have always loved. Not only beautifully sung, her feeling for the words puts her in the top bracket for this cycle - it's a recording , along with Janet Baker's (with Barbirolli) - that I wouldn't want to be without. Highly recommended.
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