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  • Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) [New York -- December 28, 1940: Lily Pons, Raoul Jobin, Salvatore Baccaloni, Irra Petina; Gennaro Papi]
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Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) [New York -- December 28, 1940: Lily Pons, Raoul Jobin, Salvatore Baccaloni, Irra Petina; Gennaro Papi] Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1940
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Naxos Historical
  • ASIN: B000FMEKK4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

On Naxos Historical 8.110018-9; 2 CD's; When it comes to "La Fille du Regiment," before there was Natalie Dessay, and before there was Joan Sutherland, there was Lily Pons, charming, petite, elegant, and delectably classy. And, here she is in one of her best roles (the one in which she and the rest of the cast unfurl the French flag at the end in an anti-Nazi burst of patriotism), supported by the inimitable Salvatore Baccaloni and the stalwart Raoul Jobin. Since this is 1940's performing practice, there is recitative rather than spoken dialogue, and the famous tenor aria with the nine high C's is cut. But Lily and Salvatore are fabulous, while the narration of the redoubtable Milton Cross is uniquely nostalgic!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By History loves company on October 25, 2011
Once again Naxos Historical has given us a time capsule of delight. This time Lily Pons, in exquisite voice as Marie and Salvatore Baccaloni as Sargent Sulpice (BIG as life!) have so much fun with this opera, you can almost picture the audience, forgetting the war in Europe, and having a romping good time with the cast. Once again, with dear Milton Cross and his introduction and curtain calls. it's like a time warp back to the last days of 1940. Raoul Jobin as Tonio is in great voice and I for one don't mind the omitting of "aria of the high C's" that other tenors fracture their vocal chords with. He's ok by me. By 1940 it sure sounds like they got the mikes placed right. Given it's a live broadcast, there is some noise from the original NBC transcription discs. But vintage is what it is and this is truly a recorded historical document from "The Met". I have it and enjoy it very much. You should too.
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