I purchased this recording with no knowledge of the music. Had only read two short reviews. As such, I have not heard a French version.
This German version is a delight. Voices and sound are great, and though a live recording, there is no audience noise or applause. It is a happy romp and quite different from 'Le Toreador', which I already had. I do not know whether or not there is usually any recitative or spoken words, but this recording has none, only music. At the prices offered, it is a very good buy.