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Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann: Complete Opera (with full libretto and translation) [Original recording remastered]

Beverly Sills , Stuart Burrows , Norman Treigle , Susanne Marsee , Nico Castel , Jacques Offenbach , Julius Rudel , London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - PréludeLondon Symphony Orchestra0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - "Glou! glou! glou! glou!" with monologue by la MuseLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - Le conseiller Lindorf, morbleu!London Symphony Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - Dans les rôles d'amoureux langoureuxLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - "Deux heures devant moi!"London Symphony Orchestra0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - "Drig, drig, drig, maître Luther"London Symphony Orchestra 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - "Vive Dieu! mes amis, la belle créature!"Stuart Burrows 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - "Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach" (La légende de Kleinzach)Stuart Burrows 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - "Peuh! cette bière est détestable!"Stuart Burrows 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 1 - Simple échange de politesses!Stuart Burrows 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - Entr'acteLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - Là! dors en paixStuart Burrows 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Allons! courage et confiance!"Stuart Burrows 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - Par Dieu! j'étais bien surStuart Burrows 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "C'est moi, Coppélius"Stuart Burrows 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - J'ai des yeux, de vrais yeuxStuart Burrows 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - Hein! Vous?Stuart Burrows 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Non, aucun hôte vraiment"Stuart Burrows 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Les oiseaux dans la charmille"London Symphony Orchestra 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Ah! mon ami, quel accent!"Stuart Burrows 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Ils se sont éloignés, enfin!"Stuart Burrows 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Tu me fuis?"Stuart Burrows 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Voici les valseurs!"Stuart Burrows 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Barcarolle "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour"London Symphony Orchestra 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Et moi, ce n'est pas làStuart Burrows0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Amis, l'amour tendre et rêveur, erreur!Stuart Burrows 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Je vois qu'on est en fêteStuart Burrows 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Scintille, diamantLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Cher angeStuart Burrows 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Malheureux, tu ne comprends donc pasStuart Burrows 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Schlémil!Stuart Burrows 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Hélas, mon coeur s'égare encoreStuart Burrows 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Ecoutez, messieursStuart Burrows 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Entr'acteLondon Symphony Orchestra0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Elle a fui, la tourtelleLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Malheureuse enfantLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Jour et nuit je me mets en quatreLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Frantz!... C'est ici!Stuart Burrows0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - C'est une chanson d'amour qui s'envoleStuart Burrows0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - J'ai le bonheur dans l'âme!Stuart Burrows 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Qu'as-tu donc?Stuart Burrows 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Pour conjurer le dangerStuart Burrows 7:13Album Only
listen19. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Ne plus chanter!Stuart Burrows 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Tu ne chanteras plus?London Symphony Orchestra 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Chère enfant! que j'appelleLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Mon enfant! ma fille!Stuart Burrows 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Epilogue - Entr'acteLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Epilogue - Voilà quelle fut l'histoire de mes amoursStuart Burrows 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Epilogue - Vidons les tonneaux!Stuart Burrows 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Epilogue - Et moi? Moi la fidèle amieStuart Burrows 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Epilogue - Non, ivre mortLondon Symphony Orchestra0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Composer: Jacques Offenbach
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Westminster
  • ASIN: B000060P63
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacular Studio Recording: The Best February 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 1972 studio recording is the ultimate Tales Of Hoffman. The recording was originally an LP on the ABC label in the Westminster Legacy issues, but digitally remastered and edited for cd by Deutsche Grammophon. Deutsche Grammophone cd labels are famous for remastering legendary and classic recordings of classical music and opera and they have outdone themselves again with this one. It features virtuoso singers at the top of their game and the orchestra is directed under the baton of the seasoned conductor Julius Rudel. Singing the three heroines Olympia, Giuletta and Antonia is the incredible Beverly Sills whose dynamics are the real gem in this recording, singing the hopeless romantic Hoffman is lyric tenor Stuart Burrows and singing the diabolical villains is the unsurpassed baritone Norman Treigle. These same singers, among them mezzo soprano Susan Marsee in the role of Nicklausse and the Muse, have performed The Tales Of Hoffman many times and made it popular here in America, where it might have become obscure and neglected or rarely performed. But thanks to the efforts of Beverly Sills and her New York City Opera group, this opera is here to stay.
Jacques Offenbach's opera was drawn from three seperate stories by writer E.T.A. Hoffman ( a fantasy and horror novelist of the 19th century who was like the Stephen King of his day) The story follows the bohemian and unlucky-in-love poet Hoffman finally getting his one big chance at love when he receives a letter from the opera diva Stella to meet him at a bar. The scheming Councilor Lindorf (whom we are lead to believe is the Devil incarnate and who has ruined Hoffman's oppurtunities at love many times before) has intercepted the letter and decides to foil Hoffman's chance at love once more.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but with its pleasures May 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN

This is not the Best HOFFMAN you can get. That would probably be the Camberling, with Neil Shicoff (Not availble on this site, except in Highlight form.) or the first set conducted by Cluntyes with Jouban. This set may be a nice way to experience Hoffmann if you haven't heard the others, and there are aspects of the recording that are really quite excellent, but there are several major flaws.

The good news first: The Conducting is in the capable hands of Julius Rudel, who knows just what to do with the score. The London Symphony Orchestra plays excellently, and there is great choral work from the John Alldis Choir.

More good news: Beverly Sills is divine. She attempts all four heroines here, including the spoken role of Stella. As Olympia, she does not go for the dazzling, optional high notes Sutherland, Doria and Dessay reach on other recordings, but her comic performance of the "Doll Song" is enchanting. Sills was always at home with comedy (see her on the muppet show to see what I mean) and Olympia is definetly a highlight of the performance. She is also highly satisfactory as the other two heroines ,her voice effortlessly and expertly conveying the two different women. She is at her dramatic best as Guiletta, and her work in the Barcarolle and the love duet is ravishing. Antonia's aria is whistful and the love duet and trio are both excellent. For a soprano to handle all three heroines capably is rare. Grubernova had enough dramatic insight and vocal beauty to pull of the rudiments of each role, but I've never been a big fan of hers. Sutherland tried, gave out a fine Olympia and disappointed in the other roles.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Greater Tales Of Hoffman Is Yet To Come September 18, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Undeniably the greatest Tales Of Hoffman. There is much debate regarding this title however. Originally, Jacques Offenbach (operetta extraordinaire, brilliant French composer and inventor of the famous Can-Can) intended a single diva to sing all three heroines- Olympia, Giuletta and Antonia. This is Beverly Sills at the peak of her career, singing the three roles to perfection and proving to the world that she is a soprano that will go down in history. As for Stuart Burrows as Hoffman, he provides us with a sympathetic and believable performance as a love-struck, disillusioned and heartbroken artist. Norman Triegle is a terrific tryptich of villains, cynical, bombastic and you have to love to hate him. Conductor Julius Rudel, who championed Beverly Sills career in the New York City Opera, is superb at the baton, effectively creating a musical score that is ebullient and festive,, but also dark and tragic. This recording is a must have , especially for a fan of Beverly Sills, whose extraordinary performance surpasses those of other sopranos who have tried the threesome role of Hoffman's love interests, including Joan Sutherland. True at least to part of Hoffman's requests, this opera contains no "never before heard scenes" and makes use of no new arias except Giulettas's coloratura aria which is in fact a faint reminder of Olympia's Doll Song. A greater recording, with digital sound, a brilliant diva singing the three roles, and fantastic sound effects that do not get in the way of the moving experience and the entire "unfinished" opera of Offenbach finally restored. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite opera
Beverly Sills was one of the greatest opera singers of her generation, and she sings all three of the major female roles in this recording. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kilbury Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Music
I bought this as a gift for my son. He loves having the libretto to go with the music. Great value.
Published 10 months ago by Mary F. McLoone
5.0 out of 5 stars A muse too far
I am not really qualified to review operas, but I had to have this album (again) as an adjunct to my science fiction collection (which includes the Dover edition of Hoffmann... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tassinong
5.0 out of 5 stars ver, very good
this is the abrigated version considered complete until the rediscovery of the oeser edition, it has the traditional order of the scenes, olympia-julieta-antonia, unlike new... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful renditions of the four villians (by Treigle), the four...
I have just started listening to this CD and am enjoying it more each time I hear it. Treigle is in magnificent voice, as are Sills and Domingo. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Kay van Marjenhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Triumph Through Fear!"
In July-August 1972, Westminster recorded "Les contes d'Hoffmann," starring Beverly Sills, Norman Treigle, Stuart Burrows (replacing the announced Nicolai Gedda), and Susanne... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Brian Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars A very traditional "Hoffmann." Far from perfect, but still good
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Studio recording made at EMI Studios, London, during July and August 1972 and originally released in Lp form by ABC Records. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by L. E. Cantrell
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
I saw Beverly Sills in Tales of Hoffman at the NewYork City Opera, and I have never forgotten the brilliant tour-de-force of her acting and singing. Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by M. VanEtten
4.0 out of 5 stars First Class Guiraud Version of HOFFMANN.
I waited 30 years for this recording to arrive on CD. I held onto my old LP set for all those years and I still will but now it has been gracefully retired. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by Chip Kaufmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling, fizzy Hoffmann that would be hard to better
I won't duplicate the praise given to this effervescent Tales of Hoffmann from 1972, except to say that it is the one and only version to buy if, like me, you aren't a fan of the... Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by Santa Fe Listener
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