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Claude Terrasse: Les Travaux D'Hercule / La Fiancee Du Scaphandrier

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Audio CD, January 1, 1991
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  • Label: Musidisc
  • ASIN: B0042UA4UU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gustav Mahler on March 10, 2014
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I first became acquainted with Terrasse's music via a DVD of a French video production of Ubu Roi in which his original incidental music score was used. I was very impressed so I immediately went on the prowl for a few of his numerous operettas. I scanned though most of the vocal scores available on the Petrucci library and found them very inventive and original which further spiked my interest. To my shock, other than this one lone used copy "The Labors of Hercules"and "The Fiancee of the Skindiver" I just purchased, I don't believe ANYTHING of his is commercially available at the moment. I'm not even sure if any other operettas of his have EVER been recorded. There is a French language Terrasse website which lists his numerous works and they all look tempting.

The source of the recording is pretty much a mystery. The French-only booklet contains no information whatsoever concerning when and where it was made, but after researching the birth and death years of those involved that I could locate, it probably dates from the 50's or early 60's. The acoustic is a bit live for my taste though some may like it. It may be the result of an overzealous remastering job. The singing, orchestral playing and conducting is first rate throughout. A performance that a work such as this thoroughly deserves. The quality contained in this work shines through at every turn. I was stunned by the level and quantity of musical invention present on nearly every page from a composer who is effectively unknown. On just the basis of this one work his musical gifts seem equal to those of the greatest operetta composers...Jacques Offenbach, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Johann Strauss II and Franz von Suppe which is saying quite a bit.
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