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Tim Page
The Washington Post, May 2003

"The Naxos label has reissued an even older performance of Massenet's 'Manon,' recorded in 1928 and 1929 with Germaine Feraldy in the title role. This is a famous set, featuring the chorus and orchestra of the Opera-Comique in Paris under the direction of Elie Cohen. Not surprisingly, considering its source, this is a light rendition of 'Manon' that occasionally seems closer to operetta than to grand opera. Feraldy is an endearing, delicate heroine, and Joseph Rogatchewsky's interpretation of Des Grieux, despite the tenor's Ukrainian heritage and upbringing, couldn't sound much more French. As the critic Tully Potter observed, 'The superb cast sings in a conversational fashion that is a lost art today. The 'highlights' are not thrown away, but they take their natural place in the scheme of things, rather than being emphasized.' Indeed, despite the opera's tragic ending, it is the charm of happier passages, their chatter and patter, that remains with the listener long after this 'Manon' has finished playing."



Annie Dendy
Worcester News, May 2003

"Now, it is available on two CDs and it hasn't lost a thing in its re-issue. Ward Marston, noted for his tender loving care of old recordings, of which he personally has a vast collection, is responsible for this one, and he hasn't missed a trick. It has been reproduced with sympathy and care."



Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, April 2003

"Naxos continues its Great Opera Recordings series with a reissue of the first electrical recording of Massenet's Manon. This Manon features a cast of French and Belgian singers and the musical forces of the Opera-Comique, led by Elie Cohen. Gerrnaine Feraldy makes a delectable Manon, at once innocent and seductive, with a beguiling mastery of the words and music, Feraldy's lithe, reedy soprano conveys all the nuances in this intriguing role. Partnering the soprano is tenor Joseph Rogatchewsky. This Des Grieux refines his voice to a delicate piano in the "Dream" aria but also expands to full-throated climaxes in Des Grieux's "Ah! fuyez." Audio engineer Ward Marston has cleaned up the cramped sound on the original 78s released 75 years ago."

"Naxos continues its Great Opera Recordings series with a reissue of the first electrical recording of Massenet's Manon (8.110203-04). This Manon features a cast of French and Belgian singers and the musical forces of the Opera-Comique, led by Elie Cohen.

Germaine Feraldy makes a delectable Manon, at once innocent and seductive, with a beguiling master of the words and music. Feraldy's lithe, reedy soprano conveys all the nuances in this intriguing role.

Feraldy Sings with verbal point. Her French is impeccably clear and precise, and her singing conveys a wealth of meaning. Feraldy suggests Manon' sensual appeal in the third-act duet with Des Grieux and achieves genuine pathos in the death scene.

Partnering the Soprano is tenor Joseph Rogatchewsky. This Des Grieux refines his voice to a delicate piano in the "Dream" aria but also expands to full-throated climaxes in Des Grieux's "Ah! fuyez."

Audio engineer Ward Marston has cleaned up the cramped sound on the original 78s released 75 years ago. Adding to the authentic appeal of this release is Cohen's stylish conducting."






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