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Posted by paul corfield godfrey on August 6, 2015, 10:57 am, in reply to "http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Aug/Battistini_560022.htm"
The matter of Massenet's transposition of the role of Werther for a 1902 production with Battistini was discussed at some length by Richard Fairman in an article for International Opera Collector (Autumn 1997 edition). Regarding "Pourquoi me reveiller" he observes: "Unfortunately, the rewriting for baritone necessitates a downward transposition at a crucial moment, leaving a misshapen solo deprived of its natural climax. If this version had not been the work of the composer, it is doubtful anybody would take it seriously. Not surprisingly, the baritone Werther has never taken off." Fairman notes that "he recorded a couple of solos from Act 2" as well. I can't comment on the actual results.
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