TSO’s acclaimed Massenet: Thaïs CD now available!
May 20, 2021
Critics call TSO’s Massenet: Thaïs recording “Sensuous”, “Thrilling”, and “Superb.”
Since its release on the Chandos label in May 2020, the TSO’s recording of Massenet: Thaïs has received a 2021 JUNO Award nomination in the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral category, and widespread critical acclaim.
The playing is excellent, with a refined sensuousness of texture throughout; The big duets for the central couple have tremendous intensity, while the cataclysmic final interlude, in which Athanaël rushes headlong into a storm...is just thrilling; The recording itself sounds sumptuous. —Tim Ashley, Gramophone
Conducted by TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, and featuring a cast of renowned Canadian and international singers, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Massenet: Thaïs was recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto in November 2019.
Listen to TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow's “eloquent”* version of the opera’s famous “Méditation” from the CD.
To find out more about Massenet: Thaïs, click here.
*Classical Explorer, July 16, 2020.