Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Ballet Review, December 2010

As an early example of French Grand Opéra, Moïse meets all the genre’s criteria, with a grand subject, history made personal with conflicts stemming from love, big ensembles and choruses, and a ballet. Rossini’s reworking of his 1818 Naples success Mosè in Egitto to suit French tastes, it sets his Italian melodic strengths in a more elaborate context as Pharaoh’s son seeks to retain Moses’ niece, whom he loves, despite plagues and even as the Israelites cross the Red Sea in a spectacular conclusion. It enjoyed ninety-seven full performances, while the third-act temple scene, including the big ballet, was often played on its own and opened the bill in 1841 when Giselle had its premiere.

Muti leads his forces with conviction in this 2004 La Scala production that has enough of the requisite grandeur and a cast that manages the score’s difficulties well enough to show the work’s strength and validity. Unfortunately, the split-level stage gives little space for Lucianna Savignano, Roberto Bolle, and Desmond Richardson to do much more than pose, twist, and occasionally leap and turn in Micha von Hoecke’s ballet. The costumes mix periods, but the whole production still gives a welcome sense of the grand style.

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
2:09:18 AM, 10 October 2015
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2015 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.