Jacques Offenbach (1819‐1880) goes into history as the supreme French entertainer, having written more than 100 operas and operettas brimming with satire, wit, charm and elegance, his (in)famous Can‐Can is one of the most catchy and best‐known classical hits ever composed.
To write entertaining music one has to be a skillful composer, and that Offenbach undoubtedly was. That there is also an unexpected lyrical and intimate side to Offenbach this new recording of his Mélodies proves: these are exquisite and irresistible gems, full of French esprit, bubbling with good humour and sentiment.
Beautifully sung by mezzo‐soprano Mariam Sarkissian and soprano Fanny Crouet, with Daniel Propper on the piano.
Liner notes in English and French are included in the booklet.