The only possible criticism of this disc would presumably be that it doesn't offer more of Canteloube's evocative, atmospheric (even if probably over-perfumed) songs of the Auvergne. If you had any doubts about the artistic merit of these songs, Victoria de los Angeles's performances with the Lamoreux Orchestra under Jean-Pierre Jacquillat should put them to rest. True, other interpreters have but more charm and innocence into this music, but no one has captured the beauty and atmosphere better……G.D. @ Amazon.com
A lot has been said about Anna Moffo's early vocal decline and mismanaged carreer but let's not forget what a lovely singer she was in her prime. This recital from the early 1970's let us hear "late Moffo" though she was not yet 40. There is a slight hoarseness and unsteadiness in the voice that was not present in earlier recordings but it is still by any means a beautiful instrument used with skill. This recital also reminds us what a verstatile artist she was - she sings arias from the italian bel canto and verismo repertoire, french lyric and also german operettas and she passes from one to the other with considerable naturalness, ease and charm..
Following on the international success of their recording of Lully's Bellerophon, Christophe Rousset and his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques present Hercule mourant (Hercules Dying) - an undiscovered operatic treasure by Antoine Dauvergne. When Francoeur and Rebel took over as directors of the Academie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opéra) in 1757, they decided to promote some of the new generation of composers. Among them was Dauvergne, who appears to have enjoyed great favor at that time. Premiered in 1762, Hercule mourant was a success, receiving eighteen performances.