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Kent Nagano leads OSM with style and colour in L'Aiglon / Musical Toronto

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I suspect that this new recording will come as a complete surprise to most music-lovers. Who knew that two leading 20th-century French composers had collaborated on an opera? In fact, Honegger and Ibert had done just that. There was even a recording (incomplete) of L'Aiglon (The Eaglet) made in the LP era (1956), but it was never re-released on CD. Obscure pieces do turn up from time to time; not all are notable, but this one is a genuine discovery - or re-discovery if you will. The libretto, based on a play by Edmond Rostand – the man who wrote Cyrano de Bergerac – is excellent, and the music is superb. To top it off, we have a performance that makes the best possible case for the opera.

Kent Nagano conducts L'Aiglon with a sure sense of style and colour, and the Decca engineers have given the performance excellent reproduction. Credit should also be given to the superior acoustical qualities of the OSM's home, Maison symphonique.

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