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Berlioz

Les Troyens

Covent Garden Opera / Rafael Kubelík

Testament SBT4 1443

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The hand of history lies heavy on this recording, enshrining as it does the classic (English language) 1957 Covent Garden performances that established Berlioz’s epic work as an opera house favourite. Jon Vickers would later refine and deepen his classic Aeneas but there’s a definite rush of excitement flowing through the entire cast of a jewel newly uncovered. “It is,” wrote Patrick O’Connor in Gramophone, “difficult to approach this historic broadcast without some feeling of awe.”

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