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« Reply #3225 on: November 23, 2021, 04:32:27 pm »

'Légende de la mère Angot: `Marchande de marée’ is a particularly catchy showstopper in this French hit which had an international success which dwarfed that of HMS Pinafore and Die Fledermaus,vastly successful as they were! It's full of tunes and brilliantly and elegantly scored. Sadly,neglected now. Mady Mesplé had a funny,fluttery little voice,but I agree with that critic who said that her sense of style makes up for what some might regard as her vocal failings. She is ideal in this repertoire.        

Cilgwyn, you truly are our light-opera guru (I personally hate the term "operetta", which implies "little opera"). I tend to concentrate on Sullivan, Johann Strauss and Offenbach, although I've dabbled in Suppe, Lehar and Ziehrer in my time (luckily the charges didn't stick). Please keep listening to these wonderful scores and letting us know where the gems can be found. In this age when new recordings of this repertoire are few and far between, it's vital that new generations are aware of the vast amount of great music that still languishes unappreciated.

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"A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it." (Sydney Grew, 1922)

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