Brett Farrell | Cape May, NJ USA | 02/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The prior review is a classic example of reverse discrimination. I don't even speak french and I'm gay but I love the music here! So many very catchy tunes not to mention beautiful. The 'Que Dites-vous De Mon Idee?' from act 2 is stunningly gorgeous. Anyone who can put this operetta down is clearly missing something.
The only crime I find is that this is the only recording of a Louis Varney operreta. Which means I can only imagine what the others sound like, but if they're anywhere near as good as this one, then we are all missing out."
IT DOESN'T RING TRUE
ALAIN ROBERT | ST-HUBERT,QUÉBEC | 03/19/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of the last among the FRENCH operetta revivals of the sixties and seventies that were all recorded.Even if it's considered a classic of the genre,there was always a problem with the libretto of this work.LES MOUSQUETAIRES AU COUVENT is always on the verge of naughtiness,but somehow manages to escape from it.This 1979 version of the work reunites two great FRENCH singers:MADY MESPLÉ and MICHÈLE COMMAND.It's hard to imagine an ordinary recording with those two.There are a few good numbers of course like JE SUIS L'ABBÉ BRIDAINE and POUR FAIRE UN BRAVE MOUSQUETAIRE,but the dialogue gets tiresome after a while.It is interesting to notice that in LE MEILLEUR DE L'OPÉRETTE, a two cds anthology,they choose the older recording of the work which i think tells a lot about the consideration they have for this one.I have a simple theory on why this operetta is still popular today:it's an old male fantasy to get stuck in a nun's place and find there are beautiful nuns waiting for them."