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If you attended one of the 2010 concert performances from which this recording derives, I very much doubt you will wish to be reminded of it. Every Elektra devotee will have a favourite protagonist or version, and I cannot imagine that this offers anything to add to the list. Valery Gergiev’s conducting is brutal: he treats the score as an orchestral exercise and seems to forget that he has voices within the mix, and consequently they are often drowned out. No bad thing as they’re hardly the peak of vocal allure. Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet’s Elektra is not worthy of record. Her tone is frayed, her ascents lacking in confidence, understandably so as she often sits a semitone below the note, and the desperation she brings to her portrayal seems more about making it to the end than Elektra’s angst. Angela Denoke is a pallid Chrysothemis, and Felicity Palmer unusually subdued as Klytämnestra, perhaps understandably so.

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