The Indian priestess, Lakme, sung by Natalie Dessay delivers the gentility and innocence in her vocal interpretation of the fragile character.
Gregory Kunde has a sweet lyric tenor and matches Dessay beautifully in their duets, only there is some difficulty with the very high tessitura of Lakme dessay kunde. The Choeur and Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse are superb. Dessay delivers with ease the stirring moments in the "Air des clochettes" of Act II and manages the higher register with the greatest of ease.
To hear this music is like to be transported to a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers with enchanting fragrances. Gregory Kunde portrays the British officer in love with Lakme with intelligence and masculinity, and both he and Dessay shine in the Act III forest scene, hidden in a bamboo cabin Lakme dessay kunde by lush foliage, where the lovers sing beautifully "Ah!
Only the Italian masters Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni seemed to incorporate some of the French finesse into their dramatic and powerful music.
If her low notes are "squawky" it was not apparent to me. I recommend this new recording of "Lakme" for the novice to opera or the well-seasoned aficianado! It seems that for so long, the gentle beauty and simplicity of French opera had taken the back seat to the more well known Italian works of Verdi or the high profile works of Mozart.
Lakme is a good place to start for someone curious about opera. In summary, an extraordinary performance in every respect. The rest of the cast is adequate. The opera is full with wonderful tunes and to hear the Bell song in its dramatic context does it full justice.
The rest of the cast complement Dessay nicely. The detailed recorded sound also brings forth especially the strings in a lovely way.
Gregory Kunde is one of the greatest rising French tenors. This newest recording of Leo Delibes "Lakme" is to be commended for once more bringing the sensual and beautiful music to the forefront in the enchanting love story set in British occupied Colonial India.
Highly underrated, she could easily bring truth to her interpretation of this Lakme through her very good reading of the score and her ability to enunciate her French very well.
His conducting is always observant of the delicacy of the score and requires of the orchestra and soloists a great observance of dynamics. The rest of the cast is very good as well, their voices well separated from one another both by nature and in the recording, which makes the action easy to follow and each caracter gets heard.
Fortunately, the hands of Micheal Plasson turns out to be perfect for this opera. The Orchestre du Capitole Toulouse, conducted by Michel Plasson, provides perfect support for the singers.
This means that if this delicate score is put in the wrong hands it can turn out banal, pathetic and boring. Likewise, Michel Plasson conducts the score as I am certain Delibes would have intended.
Natalie Dessay is a perfect Lakme. This is a "must have" recording for opera lovers, and I would recommend that people new to opera buy this set. Dessay continues the heritage of these singers and Plasson gives the work an effective reading that gives justice to this neglected jewel.
Her high notes are totally effortless. And her voice itself is very beautiful. His "Fantasie aux divine mensonges" is priceless. And her Bell Song is a dream, with a vivid interest in the words of the legend and echo effects on the bell refrains.
Both the older recorded version and this new Plasson version once again prove that the French have a refinery and finesse hard to duplicate.
I would recommend it highly over the Mady Mesple and definitely over the Sutherland version. The Choeur and Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse manages the intensely delicate, yet powerful score and transports us to a fairy-tale place in India.
Michel Plasson has much to do with the success of this recording. It is far more rewarding to listen to the complete opera, particularly when the cast is as good as this one. A must for any fan of this great opera.Dessay is a more alluring heroine than either Sutherland (Decca) or Mesplé (EMI again) on the two previously standard recordings.
With Gregory Kunde a fluent Gerald, José Van Dam a Nilakantha of imposing presence, and the score paced with real style by Michel Plasson, this is an outstanding set.5/5.
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Natalie Dessay dans l'air des clochettes, conjugue une extrême virtuosité avec un sens musical parfait. Les incroyables nuances qu'elle crée dans l'aigu, son phrasé poursuivi jusque dans les notes les plus hautes me comblent de bonheur/5(32).
Gregory Kunde is a sensitive singer, with a sweet, even range and a nice sense of line, legato, and the language, and Jose van Dam, just past his prime, is still wonderfully effective as Nilakantha, Lakmé’s overly careful dad.
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