Duni: Les deux chasseurs et la laitière

Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett, Maciej Straburzynski, Lukasz Wilda SBarT, Accademia dell’Arcadia, Roberto Balconi
52:44
Brilliant Classics 95422
+Orlowski Sinfonia in F

I’m sorry, but the quality of the dramatic music on offer here simply doesn’t hold the listener’s attention, especially wrenched from its context. I can believe that the full pièce  was indeed a great success in 1760s Paris and might well be so again but, a bit like much G & S, you need the surrounding ‘amusing spoken dialogue’ to appreciate the ‘very light’ music to any degree. The performance is good however, with soprano Agnieska Budzińska-Bennett delivering some very delicious sounds. The filler symphony by Michal Orlowski is really quite tedious. The booklet note (English only) is informative and tries hard: the sung French text is included, but no translation.

David Hansell