Lost-and-Found Tale for the Ages

By ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 2 May 2006]
Massenet has always gone down easy. He did when he was one of Paris’s most popular composers in the late 19th century, and he did even when his works were rather dismissed as sweet trifles, and for much of the 20th century he was remembered mainly for the Meditation from “ThaÔs.”