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Recorded in 2012 in Montpellier, this concert performance is a highly welcome addition to the catalogue. Alan Altinoglu conducts a passionate, if occasionally hard- driven, account of Massenet’s late work. The piece is uneven, but if you’re interested in Massenet this is a must-have – a rare work given an excellent performance. If you’re not so sure then be warned: despite its exciting French Revolution setting, Thérèse does not possess the blood and thunder thrills of Andrea Chénier. Yet it’s a worthwhile piece with a great title role for a mezzo, one that I’m sure more divas would relish given the occasion. Nora Gubisch seizes her opportunities with aplomb. Hers is in not an incisive or even particularly distinctive voice, but she possesses that great virtue, style, and an elegant and evenly produced tone; she just needs to let rip at times. Charles Castronovo is his usual stylish self, and the remainder of the Francophone cast is generally very good.

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