Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles


Pierrette Alarie (Leila), Léopold Simoneau (Nadir), René Bianco (Zurga), Xavier Depraz (Nourabad)

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur, Jean Fournet

Recorded in 1953.

This is an important restoration to the catalogues of one of the best-loved operatic partnerships of the years following World War II - the soprano Pierrette Alarie and the tenor Leopold Simoneau, who were husband and wife in real life. They are perfectly matched in this legendary recording of Bizet's most beautiful opera Les pecheurs de perles with an all-French cast and the Lamoureux Orchestra and Elisabeth Brasseur Choir under the superb Jean Fournet. Here is a very fine account of this lovable opera in excellent sound, and the additional tracks comprise a 'greatest hits' collection of some of the best of French opera by Gounod, Delibes, Offenbach and Thomas. A truly delightful set of records.

Guild Historical - GHCD2382/83

(CD - 2 discs)

$16.50

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Sung in German


Rita Streich, Jean Löhe, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Wilhelm Lang

RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Artur Rother

Recorded 1950

Walhall - WLCD0179

(CD - 2 discs)

$14.75

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles


Borthayre (Jean), Mans (Lucien), Seri (Enzo)

Paris Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Leibowitz (René)

Recorded 1951

Preiser - PR20010

(CD - 2 discs)

$18.50

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles


Annick Massis (soprano), Yasu Nakajima (tenor), Luca Grassi (baritone), Luigi De Donato (bass)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Marcello Viotti

Les pêcheurs de perles dates from 1863 and represents much more than a mere operatic exercise written by a twenty-five-year-old composer. Pêcheurs is, as a matter of fact, the only other Bizet opera, beside Carmen, to have remained in the repertoire. This opera contains memorable passages, which have ensured its long-lasting success and which many great singers (beginning with Caruso) have recorded and performed: for example the aria of Nadir Je crois entendre encore; the beautiful aria of Léïla Comme autrefois, dans la nuit sombre and, above all, the superb duet between Léïla and Nadir Ton cour n’a pas compris le mien.

This Venetian production features an extraordinary Annick Massis as Léïla and the refined staging of Pier Luigi Pizzi.

Dynamic - CDS459

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Sung in Russian


Nadezda Kazantseva (Leila), Sergei Lemeshev (Nadir), Vladimir Zakharov (Zurga), Trofim Antonenko (Nourabad)

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Of The Moscow Radio, Onissim Bron

Studio recording, 1950

Gala - GL100764

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.50

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