Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites (Complete opera)

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FRANCIS POULENC
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites (Complete opera)
Denise Duval, Regine Crespin / Choeurs et Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris / Pierre Dervaux

[ Warner Erato Home of Opera / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 20 May 2016

More than a magnificent performance of Poulenc's gripping and deeply moving masterwork, this recording is a document of the singers and conductor who, at the Paris Opéra in 1957, gave the French premiere of Dialogues des Carmélites. The pivotal role of Blanche was written for Denise Duval, the composer's favoured soprano, while Régine Crespin (Madame Lidoine) and Rita Gorr (Mère Marie) stand as two of the 20th century's towering interpreters of French opera.

'A classic and irreplaceable recording. It is evident that the singers were inspired by the piece to give of their considerable best and Pierre Dervaux's conducting of the work is both inspired and inspiriting.' (Gramophone)

Awards:
Diapason d'Or