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Meyerbeer: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas / New Zealand SO, Darrell Ang

Album Summary

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Robert le Diable
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Étoile du Nord
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africaine
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah (Le Pardon de Ploërmel)
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophète
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the sequel to the recently released Ballet Music from the Operas [Naxos 8.573076].

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013).



Reviews

Light listening from heavy opderas
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 failing to bring out the drama of the music (without overplaying it). To me, this was a great collection of classical music for casual listening. I just need to be careful who I play it for.

Submitted on 06/18/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Robert le Diable :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Étoile du Nord :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots :: Orgie (Drinking Song, Act 1)
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots :: Entr'Acte to Act 2
  • Performer: Bridget Douglas (Flute)
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots :: Entr'Acte to Act 5
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Huguenots :: Ballet (Act 5)
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africaine :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africaine :: Entr'Acte to Act 2
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africaine :: Entr'Acte to Act 3
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africaine :: Entr'Acte to Act 5
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africaine :: Grand scène du mancenillier (Act 5)
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah (Le Pardon de Ploërmel) :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah (Le Pardon de Ploërmel) :: Entr'Acte to Act 2
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah (Le Pardon de Ploërmel) :: Entr'Acte to Act 3
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophète :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophète :: Coronation March (Act 4)
  • Conductor: Ang, Darrell
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (06/06/2013-06/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta