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Massenet: Cendrillon - Christian du Plessis (vocals); Claude Meloni (vocals); Elizabeth Bainbridge (vocals); Frederica Von Stade (vocals);...
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Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella) has never gotten a strong foothold in the repertoire, but it's a real charmer that reveals Massenet at his most inventive and highlights his gift as a comic composer. Massenet's music is consistently elegant, and when necessary, goofy in a way that recalls the best of Arthur Sullivan, with some delectable ensembles. The libretto, by Henri Cain, is derived fairly straightforwardly from the Perrault tale, but with the villains' meanness minimized and with a few quirky twists. Massenet's most ...

Massenet: Cendrillon 1979, CBS Records

UPC: 5099707932320