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Bizet: The Pearl Fishers / Simoneau, Bianco and Depraz, Dervaux

Notes & Reviews:

This 1953 recording of Les Pêcheurs de Perles became what many critics feel is, in spite of the blemished score, the still definitive performance of the opera. As a bonus, this set includes French operatic arias recorded by Pierrette Alarie.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
A delightful bonus of eight arias sung by Alarie fills out the recording. Like the complete Pearl Fishers this recital was also recorded in 1953 and also issued on the Philips label. It is not the most hackneyed nor the most unusual of selections but a happy combination of musical charms: two arias from Mireille, one of Lakmé's arias (not the 'Bell Song'), Antonia's 'Oiseau dans la Charmille' (Hoffmann), a different recording of 'Comme Autrefois' (Pearl Fishers), Juliet's Waltz, Philine's 'Je suis Titania' (Mignon), and Micaela's aria from Carmen. These are all charmingly sung in her unique little girl, bird-like, delicate glass-like voice.


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