Berlioz: Les Troyens (Erato)
John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Almost every new release I sampled this week should never have been made. One album after another lacked conviction, coherence and, sometimes, pulse. These are records where label and artist ask one another what to do next without either side asking aloud whether this project is absolutely necessary.
None of which can be said about the present release. The need for a new-gen recording of Berlioz’s epic opera is pressing…