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Meyerbeer: Ballet Music from the Operas / Nesterowicz


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giacomo Meyerbeer was one of the most significant opera composers of all time. The four grand operas represented here brought him his greatest fame, with Les Huguenots being one of the most performed of all operas. Meyerbeer’s contributions to the French tradition of opéra-ballet acquired legendary status, including the ghostly Ballet of the Nuns from Robert le Diable; the exotic orchestral colour of the Marche indienne in L’Africaine; and the virtuoso Ballet of the Skaters from Le Prophète in which the dancers famously glided over the stage using roller skates. Giacomo Meyerbeer was one of the most significant opera composers of all time. The four grand operas represented here brought him his greatest fame, with Les Huguenots being one of the most performed of all operas. Meyerbeer’s contributions to the French tradition of opéra-ballet acquired legendary status, including the ghostly Ballet of the Nuns from Robert le Diable; the exotic orchestral colour of the Marche indienne in L’Africaine; and the virtuoso Ballet of the Skaters from Le Prophète in which the dancers famously glided over the stage using roller skates. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les Huguenots: Danse bohemienne by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
2.
Robert le Diable: Act 2 - Pas de cinq by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
3.
Robert le Diable: Ballet des Nonnes by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
4.
L'Étoile du Nord: Suite Dansante by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
5.
Le Prophète: Ballet des Patineurs by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
6.
L'Africaine: Marche indienne by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony And Catalonia National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 

Sound Samples

Les Huguenots, Act III: Danse bohemienne (Gypsy Dance)
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act II: Pas de cinq
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Les Feux Follets et Procession des nonnes
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Bacchanale
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Premier Air de Ballet: Seduction par l'ivresse
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Deuxieme Air de Ballet: Seduction par le jeu
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Troisieme Air de Ballet: Seduction par l'amour
Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Finale
L'Etoile du Nord: Act II: Waltz
L'Etoile du Nord: Act II: Chanson de cavalerie
L'Etoile du Nord: Act I: Prayer
L'Etoile du Nord: Entr'acte to Act III
Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Waltz
Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Redowa
Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Quadrilles des patineurs
Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Galop
L' Africaine (The African Maid): L' Africaine, Act IV: Marche indienne (Indian March)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Superb Recording January 2, 2015 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "If I understand the general outline of musical history correctly, one of the interesting characteristics of French opera is its consistent emphasis on ballet interludes. Even Richard Wagner, of all people, revised his great opera Tannhauser to include the famous ballet bacchanale, in order to have it accepted for performance in Paris. With this joyful, upbeat Naxos recording, we reap the benefit of this tradition. Under the direction of Polish conductor Michael Nesterowicz, Spain's Barcelona Symphony Orchestra romps through a collection of ballet excerpts from 5 stage works by German-born composer Giacomo Meyerbeer, thus infusing a solidly international flavor to an already appealing French program. (On top of this mix, the CD notes further tell us that Meyerbeer studied in Italy, thus making this a recording of which all Europe can be proud.) I characterize this recording as full of upbeat, optimistic, even carefree music that is designed to entertain through sight and sound. The sound part of this equation is more than upheld, as the Barcelona orchestra plays the selections with a lighthearted spirit that pervades the entire recording. Serious music? Yes and no, depending on how you interpret the world of French opera. Fun music? Absolutely! Worth a listen? No doubt! Strongly recommended." Report Abuse
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