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  • Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffman/The Tales of Hoffmann (Domingo, Gruberova, Eder, Bacquier, Diaz, Morris; Ozawa)
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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffman/The Tales of Hoffmann (Domingo, Gruberova, Eder, Bacquier, Diaz, Morris; Ozawa) Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: Jacques Offenbach, Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Seiji Ozawa, Orchestre National de France, et al.
  • Audio CD (December 15, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B000001GBB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Luis Juarez Echenique on December 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Domingo was unlucky with Hoffmann on records. When he recorded in 1972 his first Hoffmann with Bonynge, he was still too young to do this role justice. By the late 80's when this recording was made, he was no longer on top form, or at least was caught in a bad day or two. I was lucky to have heard him in this opera back in 1980 at the Salzburg Festival, when he just gave an unforgettable account of the role. I really hope someday tapes of those performances will be available. Gruberova is good, but as expected better as Olympia than as Giulietta. Justino Diaz as Dapertutto quite simply ruins this recording. You just will not believe the noises he makes in the diamond aria. For a general Hoffmann recommendation, I will urge you to investigate the Sylvain Cambreling recording in EMI, or the Kent Nagano in ERATO.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BunnyHugger on November 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"The Tales of Hoffmann" was the first opera I ever saw, and what a perfect one to start with. It has everything -- romance, humor, fantasy, tragedy. First chance I got, I ran to the record store to get a copy. This is the version I chose. Although I am not a connoisseur of opera, to my untrained ears the performances sound beautiful. Placido Domingo infuses his rendition of Hoffmann with the appropriate angst. One very nice feature of this edition is that it comes with a complete libretto in four languages. It also includes essays on the real-life Hoffmann and the various ways this unfinished work has been reconstructed through the years. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes good music and a good story. It has borne many, many repeated listenings in my house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Fisher on February 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was very pleased to hear this version.
I thoroughly enjoy the Sutherland-Bonynge CDs, but it was nice to hear a slightly different version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Malone on March 27, 2015
Format: Audio CD
For comments on six recordings of "Les Contes d'Hoffmann", see my review of the version conducted on EMI by Sylvain Cambreling.

This DG recording is very fine in voice and audio quality. Per the enclosed booklet, it is based to the (somewhat controversial) edition of the opera by Fritz Oeser published in 1977 (Cambreling had made a "straight" recording of that same edition the year before). However, Ozawa & Co. here opt to return several inauthentic (but, very good, not to be missed) items which Oeser had cut, and in turn cuts many authentic (but of dubious quality -- read "boring") items which Oeser had added in. The result in a fairly good amalgam which resembles a traditional, familiar Hoffman, with enough changes and additions made which actually improve the overall quality of the work. One gets the 3 female leads in their correct order: Olympia - Antonia - Giulietta, and all sung Edita Gruberova (the down side, the fourth female, Stella, had gone missing). Here, at the end of the Venice Act, is the traditional ending where Giuletta sails away into the night, instead of the better ending, where she accidentally poisons herself ("Ah! Giulietta, maladroite!" -- even the Bonynge gets that one right). These are my objections. But, this recording does end with the correct magnificent number sung by the Muse and chorus, and with several other authentic added in, this one becomes a winner. I could only give this one 4 stars because of my quibbles, but I am going with 5 due high musical standards.

You are not going to get a complete or authentic recording of this opera anyway, though you will find there is an increasing amount of music offered. There is no "authentic" version because Offenbach died before completing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEE on November 30, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gruberova is often under-rated in the USA. She really negotiates Olympia and Antonia extremely well. She is very heart breaking as Antonia. Even the final act is pretty well done, considering the lightness and brightness of her voice. There are some colors I did not expect.
Domingo is a great Hoffmann, and he does not disappoint in this recording. Well sung, thrilling, and thoughtful.
I was surprised to see that the Villains were played by different bass-baritones/baritones, but I enjoyed all renderings of the characters.
It is extremely well conducted by Ozawa. I am very happy to be adding this to my collection of CDs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Benet on September 18, 2014
Format: Audio CD
It is OK, considering the age of the recording. Not an exciting performance. I prefer the later version of Domingo/Sutherland /Bacquier/Bonynge.
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