Notes & Reviews:
Jacques Offenbach's final masterpiece Les Contes d' Hoffmann is full of gorgeous melodies, seductive love scenes, and fantastic characters. This recording of Hoffmann's Erzahlungen is sung completely in German which follows a German tradition still alive up to nowadays. The 1980 Electrola recording is led by an all-star cast including Siegfried Jerusalem, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Julia Varady and Hanna Schwarz, conducted by Heinz Wallberg.
Offenbach: Hoffmann's Erzahlungen is part of the Electrola Collection, a series that celebrates the historic record label, Electrola. Electrola was part of the EMI Classics unit in Germany best known for the rich catalogs, masterful artists and iconic gramophone trademark.
BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
German-language edition offers high musical standards, with Siegfried Jerusalem lithe in the title-role and Fischer-Dieskau memorable as the four villains.
MusicWeb International, 19th June 2013
Each [Fischer Dieskau and Jerusalem] combines a voice of rare beauty with convincing vocal acting. The result is certainly very different from what can be achieved with the French text. The humorous aspects of the opera scarcely register but it does mean that there is a real sense of a dramatic whole.
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