Offenbach Orphée aux enfers

A welcome back to a classic recording of Offenbach’s first thoughts on Orpheus

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Jacques Offenbach

Genre:

Opera

Label: Regis

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Mono
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Catalogue Number: RRC2063

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(Les) Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' Jekaterina Tretjakova
Stéphane Degout
Elina Garanca
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Luca Pisaroni
Luca Pisaroni
Luca Pisaroni
Christian Gerhaher
Patrick Henckens
Ana Maria Martinez
Lawrence Tibbett
Genia Kühmeier
Florian Boesch
Rosario Bourdon
Helen Donath
Marie McLaughlin
Anja Schlosser
Lucrezia Bori
(Anonymous) Orchestra
(La) Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein Carlo Bergonzi
Henri Etcheverry
Henri Büsser
Iréne Joachim
Rolando Panerai
Maria Garcia Allegri
Adriane Martino
Ugo Benelli
Carlo Bergonzi
Jacques Jansen
Giuseppe Taddei
Joan Carlyle
Giangiacomo Guelfi
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Yvonne Printemps
Paul Cabanel
Carlo Bergonzi
(La) Périchole Jacques Offenbach Composer
John Mark Ainsley
Josef Wagner
Waldemar Kmentt
Marisa Martins
Marisa Martins
Walter Berry
Hilde Güden
Josef Wagner
John Mark Ainsley
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Marisa Martins
Josef Wagner
Regina Resnik
Eberhard Wächter
Alexandra Reinprecht
Claudia Novikova
Julia Kleiter
Annette Dasch
Ruxandra Donose
John Mark Ainsley
(La) Boulangère a des écus Jacques Offenbach Composer
Reynaldo Hahn
Herva Nelli
Giuseppe Valdengo
Norman Scott
Dennis Harbour
Giuseppe Valdengo
Teresa Stich-Randall
Teresa Stich-Randall
Herva Nelli
Herva Nelli
Herva Nelli
Norman Scott
Teresa Stich-Randall
Virginio Assandri
Herva Nelli
Giuseppe Valdengo
Frank Guarrera
Teresa Stich-Randall
Eva Gustavson
Norman Scott
Herva Nelli
Reynaldo Hahn
Teresa Stich-Randall
Giuseppe Valdengo
Giuseppe Valdengo
Giuseppe Valdengo
Richard Tucker
Teresa Stich-Randall
(La) Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein Jacques Offenbach Composer
Harald Neukirch
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Renato Cioni
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Louis Musy
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Maria Callas
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Robert Bowman
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Tito Gobbi
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dennis Wicks
Choir (anonymous)
Eva Fleischer
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orphée aux enfers, 'Orpheus in the Underworld' Anne Marie Carpentier
Paris Philharmonic Choir
René Leibowitz
Violette Journeaux
Jean Mollien
Lucien Mans
Simone Pebordes
Jean Hoffman
Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
André Jonquères
Monique Chalot
Bernard Demigny
Janine Lindenfelder
Claudine Collart
André Dran
Jacques Offenbach Composer
(Les) Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' Iain Paton
Diana Damrau
Diana Damrau
Iris Kupke
Louise Fribo
Roberto Saccà
Annick Massis
Ingela Bohlin
Bernarda Bobro
Monica Bacelli
Gaston Micheletti
Gustav Cloëz
Anna Kovalko
Blagoj Nacoski
Emma Luart
Robert Sellier
Jacques Offenbach Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Diana Damrau
(Les) Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' Norma Lerer
Ine Kollecker
Herbert Aitken
Barbara Schlick
Richard Walker
Miguel Villabella
David Thomas
Ian Partridge
Jacques Offenbach Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Mavis Bennett
Gladys Gowrie
Arthur Hosking
Gustav Cloëz
Nigel Rogers
Leo Sheffield
(La) Boulangère a des écus Reynaldo Hahn
Aurora Cattelani
Ettore Bastianini
Ettore Bastianini
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Plácido Domingo
Plácido Domingo
Piero de Palma
Giuseppe Morresi
Ivo Vinco
Piero Cappuccilli
Shirley Verrett
Reynaldo Hahn
Piero de Palma
Ivo Vinco
Piero Cappuccilli
Piero de Palma
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Plácido Domingo
Giuseppe Morresi
Giuliana Matteini
Giuseppe Morresi
Ivo Vinco
Boris Christoff
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Piero Cappuccilli
Alessandro Maddalena
Ettore Bastianini
(La) Belle Hélène, 'Beautiful Helen' Marga Schiml
Ortrun Wenkel
Donald McIntyre
Manfred Jung
Jeannine Altmeyer
Manfred Jung
Hanna Schwarz
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Hanna Schwarz
Donald McIntyre
Karen Middleton
Gwendoline Killebrew
Marga Schiml
Heinz Zednik
Marga Schiml
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Ortrun Wenkel
Marga Schiml
Nils Grevillius
Manfred Jung
Heinz Zednik
Gwendoline Killebrew
Marga Schiml
Heinz Zednik
Gwendoline Killebrew
Marga Schiml
Donald McIntyre
Donald McIntyre
Ortrun Wenkel
Jeannine Altmeyer
Hanna Schwarz
Jeannine Altmeyer
Elisabeth Glauser
Donald McIntyre
Jussi Björling
Donald McIntyre
(Les) Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' James Hooper
Domenico Trimarchi
Nicolas Scarpinati
Della Jones
Eidé Norena
Piero Coppola
Arleen Augér
Domenico Trimarchi
Margaret Marshall
Lucia Valentini-Terrani
Domenico Trimarchi
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Domenico Trimarchi
Domenico Trimarchi
Domenico Trimarchi
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Frederica von Stade
Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Linda Zoghby
Luigi Alva
(La) Périchole Nicholas Folwell
Felicity Palmer
Richard Van Allan
Richard Suart
Janice Watson
Felicity Palmer
Richard Van Allan
Anne Howells
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Felicity Palmer
Richard Suart
Richard Suart
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Felicity Palmer
Felicity Palmer
Richard Van Allan
Neill Archer
Nicholas Folwell
Richard Suart
Donald Adams
Richard Suart
Richard Suart
Maggie Teyte
Nicholas Folwell
Alwyn Mellor
Donald Adams
Donald Adams
Felicity Palmer
Marie McLaughlin
(La) Périchole Luther Saxon
Glenn Bryant
Jacques Offenbach Composer
June Hawkins
Maggie Teyte
Muriel Smith
Pascal Bertin
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Alan Ewing
Carlotta Franzell
Jean-Michel Ankaoua
Dick Montgomery
Bejun Mehta
Jessica Russell
Randall Steplight
Madame Favart Birgit Nilsson
Fernando Corena
Wolfgang Windgassen
Dario Caselli
Fernando Corena
Ettore Bastianini
Birgit Nilsson
Cesare Siepi
Wolfgang Windgassen
Wolfgang Windgassen
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Birgit Nilsson
Birgit Nilsson
Erwin Wohlfahrt
Josef Greindl
Carlo Bergonzi
Wolfgang Windgassen
Germaine Corney
Giorgio Giorgetti
Wolfgang Windgassen
Carlo Bergonzi
Fernando Corena
Birgit Nilsson
Carlo Bergonzi
Birgit Nilsson
Wolfgang Windgassen
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers has enjoyed more modern recordings than this 1951 offering. EMI has released both the larger-scale 1874 version (1/89), and what is basically the original 1858 version with interpolated 1874 additions (1/99). No recording, though, has come near to challenging this version not only for presenting the original score unadorned but also for capturing the essence of Offenbach’s first small-scale concept. Together with the companion recording of La Belle Hélène (Regis, 9/03), which Andrew Porter has classed as one of the all-time great recordings, and the 1948 Cluytens Les Contes d’Hoffmann (EMI, 9/95, and Naxos), it whisks us back to a French performing tradition that was all too soon submerged by record companies’ preference for internationally recognised casts.

René Leibowitz, Polish-born, French-adopted 12-tonalist, here emerged as a master of the intimate style of Offenbach’s early operettas. He apparently assembled the cast from his pupils, which accounts not only for the relative unfamiliarity of some of the names but also the stylistic unity that so deliciously pervades the whole enterprise. The singers combine to provide just the right youthful feeling that Offenbach’s feather-light melodies require. Claudine Collard is a delightfully impish Eurydice, duetting deliciously with Bernard Demigny in the Fly Duet, and there are two winning tenors in Jean Mollien and André Dran. There may be moments of ragged ensemble; but the whole provides testimony to Leibowitz’s powers as vocal trainer as much as conductor.

The 12 fillers may be of mixed origins; but, from Björling’s glorious Swedish ‘Judgement of Paris’, Louis Musy’s wonderfully swaggering ‘Pif, Paf, Pouf’ and Claudia Novikova’s infectiously tipsy ‘Ah! quel dîner’ onwards, each provides a classic demonstration of Offenbach style.

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