Many thanks Trottar for this rarity
Now, really, the Berlioz-Davis-cycle is completed.
These works are unusual for different reasons. This is the only version of Nuits D’ete that I know that employs multiple soloists rather than one soprano or mezzo.
This is a wonderful peformance. Variety per se might not have worked with different soloists. But all four seem perfect to me. Sheila Armstrong had been a favorite singer since her “Let the Bright Seraphim ” near the end of Karl Richter’s “Samson”. She sings her two songs again with a bright clear soprano. Josephine Veasey sang much Berlioz including “Les Troyens” and captures the emotional depth of ‘Spectre”. I had not heard Frank Patterson before this recording, but he sings with a powerful and penetrating voice recalling the singer in “The Dead”, and John Shirley-Quirk is equally good, though his timbre might be an acquired taste-such as the one that hasn’t fully occurred for me in the case of Lelio. Its melange of spoken narrative soliloquy, tenor/piano Goethe lieder, baritone/male chorus Brigand’s aria et al contain (in my view)some quite
attractive music which dramatizes/animates thoughts/ideas of the narrator.
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: John Shirley-Quirk, Sheila Armstrong, Frank Patterson, Josephine Veasey
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.17 GB