OP0591. L'AMOUR DES TROIS ORANGES, recorded 1989, Lyon, w.Nagano Cond. Opéra de Lyon Ensemble; Gabriel Bacquier, Hélène Perraguin, Vincent le Texier, Jean-Luc Viala, Georges Gautier, Gregory Reinhart, Jules Bastin, etc. (U.K.) 2-Virgin Classics 91084, Slipcase Edition w.Elaborate 199pp. Libretto-Brochure. Long Out-of-print, Final Copy! - 075679108425
“This cast of LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES is uniformly excellent. Each is good in his or her part, and enunciates the text in exemplary fashion. You really get the feeling that they live within the words; and that isn’t surprising, since the recording followed upon a successful revival of the work. If I had to single out individual singers for praise, however, I would point to Jean-Luc Viala’s lyrically persuasive Prince, and Gabriel Bacquier’s King. Granted, Bacquier was in his seventies at the time this recording was made, so it’s not surprising the top of his voice is pinched. But each line he sings is interpreted in a fashion that brings the King to life.
Nagano is your only [opportunity] to hear the work in the original French, and the cast is extremely good.”
- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE