Melba’s Amoureuse (“Sacred and Profane Arias”) SACD is a collection of songs and other works of Massenet, some religious, some erotic, covering the composer’s entire composing career.... Some works are presented with piano, and throughout we have profuse documentation and informative program notes about each excerpt along with complete texts in French and English. Richard Bonynge, a specialist in things obscure, was a major factor in this issue, and is heard both as conductor and pianist. Rosamund Illing, one of Australia’s leading sopranos, impresses in this music.
The recording was made in 1998 and has been remastered for surround sound, producing a highly resonant sonic picture. If you’re interested in this repertory, here it is, very well presented in a luxurious jewel-box