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Unerring Beauty

Praga Digitals' tribute to
Victoria de los Ángeles -
heard by
RODERIC DUNNETT

'De los Ángeles herself is, needless to say, enchanting. The purity, the innocence of the voice, as one can hear here, is simply unique to her.'

Victoria de los Ángeles - Fauré, Debussy, Ravel. © 2017 Praga Digitals

One of the merits of this historic disc is that it provides testimony not just to the unique and wondrous voice of the Spanish soprano Victoria de los Ángeles, but also to three of the greatest French conducting figures of the interwar and postwar years.

André Cluytens (1905-67), though born and educated (as his name suggests) in Antwerp, Belgium, and from a highly musical family, became a presiding figure in French music; Charles Munch (1891-1968), before being drawn to concentrate his energies in Boston, made his name conducting in Paris; Georges Prêtre was a familiar figure in the Parisian concert and opera world, holding posts (among others) at the Opéra Comique and later the Paris Opéra.

And although Fauré's Requiem is never short of recordings — this dates from 1962-3 — the three other works, Debussy's La demoiselle élue and two from Ravel, his scintillating Schéhérazade and Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, offer a rich palette of impressionistic perfection: delicate, exquisite, and with the glory of de los Ángeles' sensitive timbres, unerring beauty.

That said, the Fauré under Cluytens is very much a matter of taste...

Copyright © 30 January 2018 Roderic Dunnett,
Coventry UK

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VICTORIA DE LOS ÁNGELES - FAURÉ, DEBUSSY, RAVEL

VICTORIA DE LOS ANGELES

SPAIN

GEORGES PRETRE

FRANCE

DIETRICH FISCHER-DIESKAU

PARIS CONSERVATOIRE

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

BOSTON

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

GABRIEL FAURE

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

MAURICE RAVEL

PARIS

VOCAL MUSIC

CHORAL MUSIC

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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