OP2071. LA FILLE DE MME ANGOT (Lecocq) (in English) – Excerpts, recorded 1919, w.Goossens Cond. Beecham Light Opera Company; Desirée Ellinger, Gladys Ancram, Constantin Stroesco, Herbert Langley, Arthur Wynn & C. Bloomfield; LA FILLE DE MME ANGOT – Excerpts, recorded 1903-31, incl. Juliette Simon-Girard, Ida Vaudère, Alexis Boyer, Jeanne Tiphaine, Marthe Chenal, Rosalia Lambrecht, Ernest Clergue, David Devriès, Louis Nansen, Henri Dangès, Hippolyte Belhomme, Claudine Arméliny, Leopoldo Micheluzzi, Jean Charpini & Antoine Brancato. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3005. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
"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
“LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT (The Daughter of Madame Angot) is an opéra comique in three acts by Charles Lecocq. The French text was by Clairville, Paul Siraudin and Victor Koning. The opera was first presented at the Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes, Brussels, on 4 December, 1872, with costumes created by Alfred Grevin. In Paris, in 1873, it enjoyed a run of 411 performances at the Théâtre des Folies-Dramatiques and then toured extensively throughout the country. English-language productions were quickly mounted in London (at the Gaiety Theatre in 1873 in an adaptation by H. B. Farnie for a very successful limited run starring Emily Soldene and Richard Temple and then in other theatres and New York.
Alexandre Charles Lecocq was a French musical composer, active during the latter half of the 19th Century. He studied under François Bazin, François Benoist, and Fromental Halévy, winning the first prize for harmony at the Conservatoire in 1850, and the second prize for fugue in 1852. He first gained notice by sharing with Georges Bizet the first prize for an operetta in a competition instituted by Jacques Offenbach.
His opéra comique, LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE, was performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens in 1857. After that he wrote constantly for theatres, but produced nothing especially successful until FLEUR-DE-THÉ (1868), which ran for more than a hundred nights. LES CENT VIERGES (1872) was also favorably received. All his previous successes were cast into the shade by LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT (Brussels, 1872), which in Paris in 1873 was performed for more than 400 nights consecutively, and which has since gained and retained enormous popularity. After 1873, Lecocq produced a large number of operettas. Camille Saint-Saëns was a friend of Lecocq's, and never ceased to admire the latter's music.”
- Hans Lick
“[Truesound] transfers have been an absolute revelation to me….Amazingly, Christian Zwarg has managed to unlock the sound of these recordings in such a way as to present [voices] such as I have never heard before. Here the sound has a sheen and glow which is quite beautiful. It is as if an old masterpiece painting has been cleaned and restored, allowing rays of brilliant light to emerge….”
- Davyd Booth, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2012