Gounod: Sapho

COMPOSERS: Gounod
LABELS: Koch Schwann
WORKS: Sapho
PERFORMER: Michèle Command, Sharon Coste, Christian Papis, Eric Faury. Choeurs Lyriques & Nouvel Orchestre de Saint-Etienne/Patrick Fournillier
CATALOGUE NO: 3-1311-2 DDD
Gounod’s first opera, Sapho, might surprise those who associate him only with the grandiloquent Faust. He takes Gluck as his model, with an economical austerity that produces concentrated and lyrical dramatic moments. This live performance has rough edges but can shine with conviction. Command is affecting in the last scene as the suicidal Sapho. William Humphreys-Jones

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