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Composer: MEYERBEER Giacomo
Soloist(s): Annick Massis, Bruce Ford, Daniela Barcellona, Alastair Miles, Fabio Previati, Pauls Putnins, Colin Lee, Roland Wood
Conductor(s): David Parry
Orchestra(s): London Philharmonic Orchestra
Choir(s): Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Label: OPERA RARA
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REVUE DE PRESSE
The cast is generally first-rate, led by the soprano Annick Massis, effortlessly stylish and engaging as Marghertia.
5 September 2003
The cast is excellent, each singer relishing the difficulties of Meyerbeer’s writing and triumphing over them. As Margherita, sorprano Annick Massis just keeps on going up and up.
BBC Music Magazine
Beautifully packed and performed, by a blue-chip cast under period expect Parry, this tale of royal skulduggery in the Scottish countryside is the third Meyerbeer rarity from his latterday champions at Opera Rara, and a must for all serious collectors.
The Observer newspaper
28 September 2003
As the lady of the title, Annick Massis is luminous of tone, neither shrill nor think. She too has the vocal agility to dazzle in the intricate passages which Meyerbeer has composed, yet delicate treatment is brought to bear on Margherita’s inward reflections. Massis sings delightfully, easily tackling the range and the ornamentation.
International Record Review
John T Hughes
''Annick Massis displays a voice that if anything becomes more beautiful the higher it goes and it goes very high: Margherita has one of those ornate scenes with obsequious violin obbligato. (We also hear the revised version of this aria, “Dolce Albergo di Pace,” in the recording’s appendix.) Massis has the Caballé-like ability to skitter over quick notes at a soft dynamic without smudging them, and her Italian is enunciated in an attractively light, forward manner.''
WILLIAM R. BRAUN
March 2004 , vol 68 , no.9
As Marghertia, soprano Annick Massis is perfect – she’s a great under-recorded (and under-famous) singer, with a beautiful tone (she ends Act 1 on a high-D that’s not only impressive, but rounded and lovely) and spectacular agility.
Opera Rara has again assembled a first-rate cast. Massis copes easily with the high-flying effusions or Margherita.
American Record Guide
Best of the Year – pick of recordings
Annick Massis in the high, high, high-flying title role of Margherita d’Anjou.
...Annick Massis affronte son destin de reine déchirée entre sa patrie et ses amours et son fils;très à l'aise vocalement..., volubile et virtuose, jamais avare de phrasés exquis et de nuances , elle est la séduction même, avec cette noblesse instinctive qui sied à son personnage, et cette pudeur dans l'expression qui la rend touchante dès son air d'entrée... Miei fideli !''.....
''the soprano Annick Massis, effortlessly stylish and engaging as Margherita'' Andrew Clements
Friday September 5, 2003
''Annick Massis deserves more than a paragraph as Margaret. This is the purest of light-toned sopranos, with an almost superhuman ability to sing coloratura, and her Act II cavatina, accompanied by a swooping violin, was an extraordinary display of control and considered phrasing. It’s the kind of thing that can seem purely an exercise in display (Meyerbeer, no great tunesmith, goes in a lot for arpeggiated melodies) but in Massis’s hands this had real heart''
The Times November 4, 2002 by Robert Thicknesse