Massenet, Cherubini, Puccini, Mendelssohn etc.

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COMPOSERS: Cherubini,Massenet,Mendelssohn etc.,Puccini
LABELS: EMI Studio Plus
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Overtures & Intermezzi
WORKS: Works by Massenet, Cherubini, Puccini, Mendelssohn .
PERFORMER: Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 7 64629 2 DDD (1962-81)
Few conductors could rival Karajan’s skill in ennobling gems of the repertory scornfully derided as passé these days! The fare here includes some welcome surprises in the form of intermezzi from Schmidt’s Notre Dame, and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Anne-Sophie Mutter is the eloquent violin soloist in Massenet’s Meditation, and other highlights include a dramatic Freischiitz overture, and a sumptuous account of die prelude to Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel. Wonderful performances and generous, full-bodied sound. Michael Jameson