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MEYERBEER: Etoile du Nord (L')

Composer(s):Meyerbeer, Giacomo
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.223829-31
Label Marco Polo
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A Splendid Romp
Review By MauriceGerald,March 2011

This is not the Meyerbeer of such spectacular Grand French Opera-seria as 'Robert le Diable', 'Les Huguenots', 'Le Prophete' or 'L'Africaine'; in fact hearing this blind one might suspect a forebear of another German Jew turned more Parisian than the Parisians - Offenbach.

Originally described as an 'opera de demi caractere', it conforms to the conventional description of 'opera comique'. Its origins lay in his only German opera, 'Ein Feldlager in Schlesien', written ten years before, in 1844, on a visit to his Berlin banker family, adapted for the Paris stage in conjunction with his favourite collaborator, Scribe.

In the absence of a libretto or notes the plot is not easy to follow; and being a typical concoction of mistaken identities, breeches-parts and more....







 

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