A BRILLIANT SPARKLING OPERATTA!!!
Brett Farrell | Cape May, NJ USA | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is truly a shame that so many people find this work so mediocre. It is filled with splendid numbers that captivate and help the whole piece just shine. I personally can not help whisteling songs from it especially the magnificent Waltz in act 2! Another great charm behind this operetta is the wonderful words! I do no speak french but you can hear each word crystal clear. Of all the operettas that EMI decided to re-release this ranks as one of my top three along with 'Veronique' and 'Les Mousquetaires au couvent', though every piece in the collection is filled with songs that consistently give me goose bumps.
The only reason anybody might not truly appreciate this operetta fully is their inability to recognize it's sophistication. While the story may not transcend the ages, the music itself is timeless. It is Charles Lecocq's musical pinnacle and every piece is worthy of the ear (though not every ear is worthy of it) and it's title of timelessness."
NOT BAD AT ALL!
ALAIN ROBERT | ST-HUBERT,QUÉBEC | 01/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Created in 1872,LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT is part of the classic FRENCH operetta repertoire.It's hard to understand why when you listen to these two cds.The plot is so predictable and has many reminicences of OFFENBACH.The problem with it,is that it's unfit to please today's crowd.It really belongs to it's time.JADIS LES ROIS is the song often used in operettas anthologys.Act 1 has good ensemble work from the cast and the best numbers are there.I at least enjoyed the instrumental pieces that are in act 3,but the rest is hard to digest.After listening to this work many times,i started to enjoy it more.I learned a lesson here.Never judge after at least two listenings.Sorry mister LECOCQ,i won't make that mistake again."