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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, September 2014

The Barcelona orchestra responds to the assignment in high style; their playing is vigorous and zesty. When orchestras don’t condescend to “popular” music, it always sounds better, and this is the case here. The Spanish musicians take their work seriously, elevating the music in the process. Nesterowicz’s direction is fine. Add Naxos’s good sound and lovers of high quality light music will be happy. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, August 2014

MEYERBEER, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Nesterowicz) 8.573076
MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang) 8.573195
MEYERBEER, G.: Patineurs (Les) (arr. C. Lambert) / MASSENET, J.: Le Cid: Ballet Music (Robert Irving) (1952, 1957) 9.80453
MEYERBEER, G.: Struensee / Patineurs (Les) (arr. C. Lambert) / L'Africaine (North German Radio Chorus, Hannover Radio Philharmonic, Jurowski) 999336-2

Naxos have been doing Meyerbeer proud recently. I have to admit that I have never been a great fan of his operas—‘sub-Meyerbeer’ is one of my favourite terms for music that I don’t like—but I have very much enjoyed listening to both the recent orchestral releases.

It’s that old favourite Les Patineurs, however, arranged by Constant Lambert from some of the music on the Nesterowicz recording, that really tickled my fancy, an enjoyable confection like Walton’s Bach arrangements, The Wise Virgins. Robert Irving’s recording dates from 1952 but the Naxos transfer has made the most of it, especially in the lossless version…The other works on the album also receive fine performances. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, June 2014

MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang) 8.573195
MEYERBEER, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Nesterowicz) 8.573076

Polish conductor Michal Nesterowicz gets magnificent playing from the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, which also bills itself as the National Orchestra of Catalonia. His fine-tuned interpretation of “Ballet des patineurs” yields one of the most dignified performances of it on disc.

…the recordings are superb. They project a wide, yawning soundstage that will appeal to those liking wetter sonics. The instrumental timbre is characterized by shimmering highs, a life-like midrange, and clean bass. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2014

70 minutes of ballet music composed by one of the masters of the opera ballet, Giacomo Meyerbeer, in bright performances! Michal Nesterowicz’s tempi are flawless, and he cares for much of clarity, so that Meyerbeer’s music is never pompously overblown. © 2014 Pizzicato



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, May 2014

It’s good…to have these opera-ballet scores collected together in a modern recording that, at Naxos’s competitive price point, may attract buyers hitherto unfamiliar with them. The Barcelona players are clearly a very accomplished group, with the woodwinds making a particularly positive impression. Conductor Michał Nesterowicz directs the orchestra with conviction and skill and benefits from a recording venue that, with the help of skilled engineering, captures all the musical detail clearly. Providing the icing on this tempting cake, Robert Ignatius Letellier, the author of several studies of Meyerbeer, has penned some very useful booklet notes…Overall, then, it is difficult to see how a stronger case might be made for this music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Christie Grimstad
ConcertoNet.com, April 2014

Ballet music has its own sense of direction, movement and dialogue, helping lay out the choreographic footwork for dancers who take to the floor within the elaborate realm of French grand opéra. Michał Nesterowicz leads a fine interpretation of this highly specialized music. © 2014 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review




WQXR (New York), April 2014

Giacomo Meyerbeer was one of the most famous opera composers of the 19th century, innovative in his gorgeous choral writing, huge finales, and supernatural and religious subject matter. But for various reasons he slowly sunk into the shadows of history. In recent years, his ballet music has come back into the spotlight. He churned out acres of it, after all, and some of it holds up well on its own. That includes Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil), a work containing the curious “ballet of the nuns.” That work, along with Les Huguenots and Le Prophète were included in the opening season of the Metropolitan Opera in 1883-84 and included here. Most engaging is L’Africaine with the exotic orchestral color of its Marche indienne. © 2014 WQXR (New York)



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, April 2014

These Naxos opera-ballet collections are really rather good. I was particularly impressed with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra…they are conducted by Michał Nesterowicz…

This is a most entertaining collection…and, as expected, the orchestra really enters into the spirit of this music.

…great fun. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Giacomo Meyerbeer took opera in Paris to a new level of extravagance, with demands for the most complex sets in a series of operas enjoying great success. Some of Meyerbeer’s most memorable melodies comes in the Suite Dansante from L’Etoile du Nord with its opening waltz, while the closing galop in the Ballet of the Skaters is typical of the French joie de vivre that was to delight Paris audiences. The final track is not ballet as such, but the Indian March from L’Africaine. The Barcelona orchestra capture a typical French sound and style under the young Polish conductor, Michal Nesterowicz…a highly enjoyable disc. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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