[ Warner Classics / Erato / 16 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
During the Belle Époque, Jules Massenet rose to become France's leading composer of opera, as notable for his acute dramatic sense as for the refined sensuality of his music. Encompassing three decades of his career, and settings as diverse as Biblical Judea and the Paris of Massenet's time, the seven operas in this box range from the enduringly popular Manon and Werther through works occasionally revived for star singers (Thaïs and Don Quichotte) to three fascinating rarities (Hérodiade, Le Jongleur de Notre Dame and Sapho). They represent nearly 40 years of recording history and feature a host of celebrated singers and conductors from France and around the world.
"This is as good a performance as we are likely to get of this persuasive work. Victoria de los Angeles as Charlotte is adorable, both in character and in the sheer beauty of sound." Gramophone (Werther)
"De los Angeles does many very lovely things and her dulcet tones contrast well with Mady Mesplé's bright and girlish Sophie." MusicWeb (Werther)
Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame