Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

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COMPOSERS: Offenbach
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
PERFORMER: Gedda, D’Angelo, Schwarzkopf; Conservatoire Concert Soc. O/Cluytens
CATALOGUE NO: EMI 456 3942

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This is Hoffmann minus some 20 minutes of recently rediscovered music. Gedda is a stylish poet, but the voice was showing its age in 1965, de los Angeles is a delicious Antonia, but Schwarzkopf’s Giulietta is simpering when she should be sumptuous. Christopher Cook