John J. Puccio
, July 2012
The story of Giselle ou Les Wilis has all the ingredients for great listening: a supernatural, melodramatic plot…and an appropriately rousing yet sentimental finale. It’s hard for any conductor not to be able to bring out the beauty and excitement of the score, and Andrew Morgrelia does it as well as almost anyone in this set of highlights from his complete Naxos recording.
People have made many cuts, additions, and changes to the ballet’s working score over the years, so having only the highlights isn’t as drastic a situation as you may imagine. In fact, the shorter score is probably best of all for home listening. At about an hour, it has not only the advantage of conciseness but of continuity, presenting the work’s best and most well-known music in a seamless medley. Besides, the highlights fit nicely on a single disc.
[Mogrelia’s] interpretation of the score is graceful and elegant in a smoothly Romantic manner.
Mogrelia and his Slovak players produce a performance that sounds very balletic…Mogrelia appears to be leading an actual ballet production rather than making a stereo recording…there is a great deal of beauty and lyrical refinement involved. The Slovak Radio Symphony play with a charming ease…
Naxos took the highlights for this 2012 disc from Mogrelia’s complete set…The sound is big, warm, round…with a soft glow occasioned by the resonance of the hall. © 2012 Classical Candor Read complete review