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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, May 2014

…the composer delivers music of great charm and color, satisfying the basic criterion of being “dancy.” Gallois[’]…feeling for the music allows us to enjoy what we are hearing… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, March 2014

You can’t say you don’t get your money’s worth with this disc. It doesn’t contain just two or three ballet suites from Massenet operas but four. The material totals about seventy-eight minutes of music, close to the limit of a standard CD.

You’ll find all the color, all the picturesque beauty, and most of the exuberance these ballet numbers have to offer, and Gallois does it with subtlety, elegance, and grace. It’s a heady combination.

Producer, engineer, and editor Sean Lewis made the recording at L’Auditori, Pau Casals Hall, Barcelona, Spain in October 2012. So, how did Mr Lewis do as practically a one-man show? Pretty well, actually…Lewis gives us a natural, well-defined sound, with plenty of orchestral depth, moderate bass and dynamics, and sparkling highs. It…makes for a pleasantly realistic audio experience. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, February 2014

Patrick Gallois leads the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra in engaging and rarely-heard performances of ballet music from four operas of Jules Massenet…

Gallois conducts everything with flair and dispatch. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, January 2014

This disc is just a peach. Jules Massenet’s ballet music brings together all the most charming musical trends of the 19th century: the new French ballet tradition, the lightness of Offenbach’s operettas, the lush tunes of Strauss’s Vienna, the big splashy orchestration of late-century “exotic” potboilers. The music keeps getting better and better as the CD goes along.

The Barcelona Symphony plays excellently throughout… They seem to especially enjoy the Le Cid music, but who wouldn’t? Patrick Gallois continues to prove himself an extremely skilled, sensitive conductor of ballet music. You could imagine people dancing to this album. Given how good the music is, it’s extremely rare to have it collected on disc without the full operas alongside. Frémaux and Marriner have recorded Le Cid but for sound, panache and comprehensiveness, it’s hard to beat this. What fun. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete article

Robert Benson, January 2014

Charming music and all of the dances are tracked separately. A pleasant disk…Excellent audio… © 2014 Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, December 2013

Naxos has a gift at finding good regional orchestras with committed conductors to tackle lesser known works and such is the case here. The Barecelona orchestra provides delightful and engaging performances here under their conductor, Patrick Gallois…These are beautiful performances of some gorgeous and engaging music in this ample disc that allows fans of French music to explore the late 19th-Century style…The wealth of wonderful thematic ideas and rich orchestration make this a wonderful treat. © 2013 Cinemusical Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, November 2013

Seldom played ballet music by Jules Massenet in truly genuine performances. © Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2013

Jules Massenet was the most successful French operatic composer in the second half of the 20th century, though today his reputation resides in just two scores. Today we know the composer by virtue of Manon and Werther, but in recent times Thais has made something of a comeback, though often shorn of its long and very seductive ballet sequence that runs for almost half an hour. What we miss with that omission is made clear in these delicate and beautiful performances. High on my list of neglected operas would be Herodiade, the arias Massenet gave to John the Baptist—a tenor in Massenet’s version of the story—are magnificent…the flautist, Patrick Gallois…[and] the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra…give highly convincing performances…a nice, smooth and well balanced recording. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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