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DELIBES: Sylvia (Complete Ballet) / SAINT-SAENS: Henry VIII

Composer(s):Delibes, LeoSaint-Saens, Camille
Artist(s) Mogrelia, Andrew, Conductor • Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Ballet
Catalogue 8.553338-39
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Gramophone,June 1996

"When they are as beautifully performed as here, both are well worth hearing complete... these latest recordings mark Andrew Mogrelia's Naxos series as one to be followed and treasured"

"There is loving care applied to selection of tempos, shaping of phrases, orchestral balance and refinement of instrumental detail"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Mogrelia’s performance of Sylvia is above all spacious, bringing out the music’s pastel-shaded lyricism yet finding plenty of weight for the more vigorous music depicting the hungers. The Divertissement of Act III (which includes some of the best numbers, including the famous Pizzicato) is vividly done. However, in the performance as a whole, glowing sentience takes precedence over vitality, and some might find the atmosphere little sleepy at times. Excellent naturally balanced recording.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This ballet-divertissement, described as a ‘fête populaire’, comes in Act II of the opera, and in the outer movements Saint-Saëns wittily introduces first a Scottish reel then an Irish jig with Gallic insouciance. But all six numbers, which are enjoyably tuneful, unashamedly incorporate a great many airs from both countries, and Mogrelia presents them affectionately and vividly. With excellent recording, this is a genuine bonus to a pleasing account of Delibes’s Sylvia.


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