Notes & Reviews:
"Toby Spence, who was Ivanhoe in the recent recording of Sullivan's grand opera, is a delightful, sexy young hero; and he is well matched by a superlative, partly French cast. His enamorata, Mimi is the delightful Thora Einarsdottir; and the part of an itinerant opera singer, La Corilla, is devastatingly done by Jenifer Larmore...as a forecast of the 1870's, it is an extremely fetching example of Paris operetta and truly a great surprise for those of us who were wondering all this time what Vert-Vert was. This is a triumph for Opera Rara, another jewel in their Offenbach crown."-American Record Guide
The music, here exquisitely played, is as skilfully wrought and as tuneful as any Offenbach, and the first-rate cast, headed by Toby Spence and Thora Einarsdottir, pitches its performances at exactly the right level: gentle wit.
It's wonderful to discover Offenbach's 1869 comic opera in its first recording, sung in French, complete with dialogue...Toby Spence, Thora Einarsdottir and the rest sing with gusto, while the CD packaging is luxurious.
Valentin is an ideal role for Toby Spence, who does corrupted innocence better than anyone...Conducting David Parry, meanwhile, just about makes sense of the score's tricky mix of bravado and sentiment.
BBC Music Magazine
There's treasure here...If Jacques Offenbach is the hero of the hour...then his doughty champion is the indefatigable David Parry who, you feel, believes in every single note in this sparkling score.
Deft ensemble writing and a lickety-split history of dance show the "Mozart of the Champs-Elysées" at his most charming.
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/2008).
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Works DetailsOffenbach, Jacques : Vert-Vert, comic opera in 3 acts
- Conductor: David Parry
- Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
- Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta