Notes & Reviews:
Following his award-winning recording of Donizetii's Les Martyrs, Opera Rara's Music Director Sir Mark Elder turns his attention to another forgotten masterpiece of 19th century French opera, Gounod's delightful two act opera La Colombe. He is joined by a superb cast led to two of the most talked about and rapidly rising stars stars of the opera world, American soprano Erin Morley and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. They are accompanied by Canadian mezzo-soprano Michele Losier, French baritone Laurent Naouri. Plus one dove, and one parrot.
The Guardian, 25th November 2015
La Colombe is clearly not a profound work, but it is well filled with the kind of ingratiating tunes that Gounod could turn out so effectively. Elder's performance has just the right light touch too, always keeping its tongue ever so slightly in its cheek...Modest though it is, a rarity like this couldn't be served much better by a recording.
BBC Music Magazine, February 2016
One hero of this admirable Opera Rara release is Mark Elder, utterly committed to Gounod's score and coaxing elegant music-making from the Hallé. There's also some properly idiomatic singing, as you'd expect from a veteran like Laurent Naouri... best of all is the young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Horace.
Recording information: Hallé St. Peter's, Ancoats, Machester.
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- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
- Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1860