Albion Polka Opus 102 Johann Strauss (II) Download 'Albion Polka Opus 102' on iTunes
High drama and sublime performances make up this extremely accomplished recording of Chausson's work from 1895.
Repertoire: Le roi Arthus
Artists: Susan Bullock, Andrew Schroeder, Simon O’Neill, BBC SO/Leon Botstein
Label: Telarc 3CD80645
Chausson’s 1895 opera is a deliciously heady affair that uses lush Wagner-meets-Franck harmonies to tell the story of Lancelot and Guinevere’s adultery. With its high drama, rapturous love duets and huge ensembles, it’s a piece on a grand scale and Botstein does it full justice. Bullock is tremendous as Genièvre, powerful yet vulnerable, O’Neill makes a shiningly heroic tenor sound as Lancelot, and the BBC SO sounds on top form.