OP2034. LA FILLE DE MME ANGOT (Lecocq), Broadcast Performance, 1957, w.Etcheverry Cond. Claudine Collart, Henri Legay, Mathilde Casadesus, Robert Lilty, René Bourbon, Jacques Charon, etc.; HENRI LEGAY: Operetta Arias by Lehár, Johann Strauss, Millöcker, Messager & Varney. (France) Malibran 728. - 7600003777288
"Of the fifty or so stage works written by Lecocq he is best remembered for his contribution to opéra-comique. It is to this genre that this disc is dedicated. Of the stage works LA FILLE DE MME ANGOT is the most famous and was the most popular.
The Parisian, Charles Lecocq grew up surrounded by the theatre life of Paris. He studied under Auber and was a contemporary of Bizet and Saint Saëns at the conservatoire there. His music is at times characteristic of Offenbach but with more inventive and less monotonous orchestrations: Lecocq was a first class melodist."
- Raymond Walker, MusicwebInternational
“Parisian-born Henri Legay (1920–1992) won first prize at the Conservatoire in 1947 but began his career singing in musical shows before making his operatic début in Brussels in 1950. He made his first major Parisian appearance as Gérald (LAKMÉ) in April 1952. His career was predominately a French-based one and centred at the Opéra-Comique and the provincial theatres, where he sang a wide range of rôles including Nadir (LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES), Julien (LOUISE), Wilhelm Meister (MIGNON), Alfredo (LA TRAVIATA), and the title parts in WERTHER, Gounod’s FAUST, and LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN. As a composer he is credited with over three hundred songs. His recordings include LE ROI D’YS, LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, MAUROUF, and most notably MANON, opposite Victoria de los Ángeles and conducted by Pierre Monteux, widely regarded as the definitive recording of Massenet's opera. Along with such early twentieth century tenors as David Devries, Georges Thill and Léopold Simoneau, Legay represented a lost style of French operatic singing.”