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MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang)

Composer(s):Meyerbeer, Giacomo
Artist(s) Ang, Darrell, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.573195
Label Naxos
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Giacomo Meyerbeer’s eminence as an operatic composer was such that the works he wrote for the Paris Opéra between 1831 and 1865—Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots, L’Africaine and Le Prophète—were among the most spectacular and popular, well into the twentieth century. These overtures and orchestral pieces illustrate the power of Meyerbeer’s writing, his sense of drama, his orchestral colouring, and his melodic beauty. L’Etoile du Nord and Dinorah, written for the Opéra Comique, are lighter in tone, but notable for their programmatic inventiveness.


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Light listening from heavy operas
Review By rgraves321,June 2014

When I mentioned I was reviewing this new recording, I discovered just how low my colleagues held Meyerbeer's music. Robert Schumann didn't care much for it, but I think he -- and others -- miss the point. Giacomo Meyerbeer wasn't out to make pronouncements from God -- he wanted to write entertaining, successful operas. He achieved his goals, and the music in the collection demonstrates why.

Included are instrumental works from Meyerbeer's biggest hits -- "Robert le Diable," "Les Huguenots," and "L'Africaine" -- along with selections from "Dianorah and Le Prophete." Meyerbeer wrote almost exclusively for the stage, and his works are unfailingly catchy and tuneful.

Darrell Ang conducts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with a certain amount of brio, never more....



Review By Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International,December 2014

Darrell Ang and the New Zealand Symphony’s collection of Meyerbeer overtures and entr’actes is probably the most enjoyable recording I’ve heard this year. Played with gusto and a keen sense of drama these pieces have never sounded so good. A sterling effort by Naxos and an impressive calling card for this up-and-coming conductor. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Review By WQXR (New York),September 2014

This collection, by the New Zealand Symphony, includes the overtures to Robert le diable, Les Huguenots and L’Africaine. While the entr’actes and other selections on this album are quite obscure to all except dedicated students of French opera, the effervescent Coronation March from Le prophète is probably the best known in this collection. © 2014 WQXR (New York) Read complete review

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener

Review By Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener,August 2014

…there is some good writing in this well-played NZSO offering. Excerpts from Meyerbeer’s quality operas Les Huguenots, Robert le Diable and Dimorah written for Paris Opera Comnique are good listens. © 2014 New Zealand Listener



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