I go up and down about Massenet -- I admire the craftsmanship of Werther yet it often bores me in performance, Tha´s has its trashy side yet can be wonderfully effective in many stretches, I absolutely love his version of Cinderella start to finish, and so on. Some of Manon I can take or leave, but there are a couple of scenes featuring Manon where Massenet rises to the occasion and then some. Especially the church scene where she wins him back: his aria and then the duet are as good as it gets.

Edited by Jon (04/14/12 07:52 AM)