As one would expect from a ballet by Minkus, Don Quixote is full of lively dances and attractive melodies, all of it well crafted and colourfully orchestrated, if without the genius of Tchaikovsky and Delibes. That said, it makes for undemanding, entertaining listening, with its dashes of Spanish colouring (the Spanish dances are especially attractive) and plenty of character dances, such as the Sailor’s Dance in Act II, to enjoy. The performance is lively and sympathetic and the recording reasonably good (it lacks a certain richness)…At the price, admirers of both light music and ballet should not hesitate: there is plenty to enjoy here.
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