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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





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