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  • Audio CD (March 26 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000063UM9
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Disc: 1
1. Prelude - Ochestre Du Theatre National De L'Opera-Comique
2. Act One: A L'Heure Accoutumee - Danielle Millet
3. Act One: Blanche Dourga, Pale Siva!
4. Act One: Lakme, C'Est Toi Qui Nous Proteges!
5. Act One: Viens, Mallika
6. Act One: Dome Epais Le Jasmin A La Rose S'Assemble
7. Act One: Miss Rose, Miss Ellen, Repectez Les Clotures! - Charles Burles
8. Act One: Quand Une Femme Est Si Jolie - Charles Burles
9. Act One: Nous Commettons Un Sacrilege - Charles Burles
10. Act One: Prende Le Dessin D'Un Bijou - Charles Burles
See all 31 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act Two: Ah! C'Est De Ta Douleur
2. Act Two: Ah!...Par Les Dieux Inspiree
3. Act Two: Ou Va Le Jeune Hindoue - Mady Masple
4. Act Two: La-Bas Dans La Foret Plus Sombre - Mady Masple
5. Act Two: La Rage Me Devore
6. Act Two: Au Milieu Des Chants D'Allegresse - Roger Soyer
7. Act Two: Le Maitre Ne Pense Qu'A Sa Vengeance - Joseph Peyron
8. Act Two: Lakme! Lakme! C'Est Toi!
9. Act Two: Ah! C'Est L'Amour Endormi
10. Act Two: Dans La Forest Pres De Nous
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6b4fd44) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d3d3a8) out of 5 stars An outstanding recording, but... Jan. 13 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This studio recording of Lakmé certainly deserves inclusion in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century collection, and should be included in any list of great operas to share with those who claim to hate opera.

As noted in the liner notes, this is a very "French" performance, and features many artists who are not as well known as others in the Great Recordings series. Mady Mesple gives a virtuoso performance, with amazing vocal range and control, and great acting as well. But it is her duets with Charles Burles that make this more than a solo outing, and Alain Lombard's youthful exhuberance at the podium fits in well with the subject matter.

With an enjoyable opera, great singing, and wonderful conducting, what's not to like? One thing. The miking for the chorus for this recording is terrible. The chorus is barely audible, and is often drowned out by the orchestra. For a live recording in the '50s in an opera where the chorus is icing on the cake, this could be tolerated. For a 1971 studio recording of Lakmé, this is inexcusable. The chorus sets the scene in both Acts One and Two, and the loss in particular of the beautiful chorus that opens the opera is a real disappointment.

Even with that no so minor quibble, this recording remains the standard for a studio version of this opera.
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HASH(0xa7098a8c) out of 5 stars An unsurpassed exemplary version. July 2 2013
By Abert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The year before this recording first came out, superstar Joan Sutherland had issued her own recording of Lakmé featuring the great French tenor Alain Vanzo, and sales of that set had not abated by the time this one came out in 1971.
Hence, this recording may, in many ways, exemplify the old adage, "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."
The entire cast is in each individual role may not be the strongest on records, but the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.
True that there are numerous tape splices, particularly in those passages featuring tenor Charles Burles (Gerald). The sound is a somewhat shallow perspective on both voices and orchestra. So, this recording was not issued in USA on EMI's top-rank label (Angel) but rather on its budget affiliate, Seraphim, since at that time, only Roger Soyer (Nilakantha) was well known in the U.S.
Yet those of us who bought the set were utterly charmed by Mesplé's intelligent, thoughtful, alternately vulnerable and independent Lakmé and Burles's sensitively shaded, quintessentially French-sounding Gerald. From the very first entry of Lakme in `Blanche Dourga, pale Siva', Mesple sends goose-bumps to listeners with her ethereal coloratura, high notes that are so surreal that really belonged not to this world but to the Indian gods. If Sutherland's Lakme was the best on earth, Mesple's simply belongs to the other world. Millet and Mesple's `Dôme épais le jasmine à la rose s'assemble', aka `Flower Duet', is a quintessential demonstration of how the duet should be tackled - the nuances, the enunciations, the intonations, the inflections, the musicality. The famous duet between Lakme and Gerald `C'est le dieu de la jeunesse' witnesses another exemplary rendition that could not be found any more, alas.
This Lakmé, after almost 45 years, is still the supreme performance.
HASH(0xa6ccc3cc) out of 5 stars Beautiful performance Nov. 25 2013
By Timothy Floyd - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the best performance of Lakme available. If you haven't heard this opera you are missing a wonderful experience

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