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  Delibes: Sylvia, Lakmé etc. - RPO/Carl Davis
  Delibes: Sylvia: Ballet Suite, Lakmé (excerpts), Le roi s'amuse, Coppélia (excerpts)

Lillian Watson (soprano)
Christine Cairns (mezzo-soprano)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Carl Davis (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by raffells July 22, 2005 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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If I was allowed I d give the music 10 stars on this sacd........However this is a definite mixed bag..The first few bars and I was ready to press the eject button and I am convinced the engineer has got it wrong....That glassiness others have referred to re Membran is quite evident...I should add that Carl Davis once told me he couldnt dance,....he was sitting in a wheelchair at the time about to conduct with one hand so not much stops him doing anything... Even so I was suprised to see him conducting this ballet music...If you a purist then this "Sylvia and Coppelia" performance wont reach 3 stars at times .unless you are a heavweight.....However the music itself is fabulous,,The shame is that the Coppelia is really well recorded and we could do with more excerpts at this quality rather that the Brash Sylvia.(even though its the better of the two ballet music pieces with that Wagner theme )..The two highlights are the Flower Duet and Bell song thankfully excellent recordings,and the un Delibes like Le Roi s Amuse which is an olden style piece..only 4 of the 6 pieces here and this is really well played and recorded...serious music lovers will recognize the these as used by an English composer.Overall a recomendation for the music and most of the sacd..Just start at track two or later.....Dave

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Review by Daland February 25, 2007 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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This is one of the best-sounding SACDs in the Membran series. The engineers have been content to use the rear channels for ambience only, eschewing any artificial effects. As usual, the recording level is quite high, but I did not notice any shrillness in the upper strings or trumpets (the piccolos are an exception, but here the shrillness is intended). The horns, which are very prominent in the excerpts from "Sylvia" (especially "Les Chasseresses"), but also in "Coppélia", are warm and mellow, and the strings are, if not silky, at least pleasant in tone. In the two vocal numbers from "Lakmé" the balance between singers and orchestra is well-judged.
The performance can hardly be faulted. This is a spirited reading, full-blooded and brassy when required, but also rich in detail. The Royal Philharmonic is in splendid form and plays this music to the manner born. The music for "Le roi s'amuse" is quite intriguing. Written in a mock pre-classical style, it reminds me of Vaughan Williams's Tallis fantasia, especially in the Pavane.
It would be good to have the full scores on SACD, but unfortunately Delibes' ballet masterpieces (so admired by Tchaikovsky) are sorely neglected today.
I listened only to the multi-channel version (the stereo channels are likely to be reversed, anyway).

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Works: 2  

Leo Delibes - Le roi s'amuse
Leo Delibes - Sylvia - Ballet Suite