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Meyerbeer: Ballet Music from the Operas

Barcelona Symphony Orchestra , Giacomo Meyerbeer , Michal Nesterowicz Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Michal Nesterowicz
  • Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00HX6FC7K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Les Huguenots, Act III: Danse bohemienne (Gypsy Dance) 4:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act II: Pas de cinq 9:22Album Only
Listen  3. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Les Feux Follets et Procession des nonnes 3:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Bacchanale 4:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Premier Air de Ballet: Seduction par l'ivresse 2:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Deuxieme Air de Ballet: Seduction par le jeu 3:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Troisieme Air de Ballet: Seduction par l'amour 2:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil): Act III: Ballet des Nonnes: Finale 1:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. L'Etoile du Nord: Act II: Waltz 3:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. L'Etoile du Nord: Act II: Chanson de cavalerie 1:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. L'Etoile du Nord: Act I: Prayer 2:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. L'Etoile du Nord: Entr'acte to Act III 2:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Waltz 1:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Redowa 7:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Quadrilles des patineurs 4:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Le Prophete (The Prophet): Act III: Ballet des Patineurs: Galop 5:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. L' Africaine, Act IV: Marche indienne (Indian March) 8:49Album Only


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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.

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Extraits de Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots, L'Étoile du Nord, Le Prophète & L'Africaine / Barcelona Symphony Orchestra - Michal Nesterowicz, direction

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unqualified delight 3 Mar 2014
By Owl
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It is wonderful at last to hear in one collection all the music Meyerbeer wrote for the ballet sequences in his famous operas. His contribution to the history of the ballet was just as significant as his innovations in opera, and the famous Ballet of the Nuns in `Robert le Diable' marks the very inception of the Romantic Ballet--the `ballet blanc' where the spirits of many kinds of legendary and sometimes malevolent beings dance in the moonlight to the harm or healing of the hapless hero (from `La Sylphide' in 1832 to `La Bayadère' and `Swan Lake' in 1877). The sheer colour and variety of the pieces gives a vivid impression of the way in which Meyerbeer has responded to the very different exigencies of the plots.
The two ballets in `Robert le Diable' are a good case in point. The `Pas de cinq' in act 2 is pure divertissement, a sequence of charming and ingratiating dances, woven into a musically integrated suite. It is so very different from the great Temptation Scene of Act 3 which carries the dramatic burden of the plot. Here, in a striking sequence of six episodes, the spirits of fallen nuns try to induce the wavering hero into fatal error, entirely through the medium of dance. The composer has written a highly original score, with music uniquely imagined for the supernatural scenario: it is eerie and beautiful at the same time, and tries to reveal the ambiguous nature of the episode in the tonal qualities of the music. Romantic fairy music (attractive melodies and delicate orchestration, like Weber, Mendelssohn and Nicolai) is juxtaposed with darker motifs and sounds that are awkward creepy, grotesque, and even discordant (like Berlioz and Mussorgsky).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of fashion 1 May 2014
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It's a shame that Meyerbeer is no longer in fashion. The music is still entertaining. In his time he was the popular hero. But fashions change, listen to this and you may want to revive an interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value and great fun! 28 Jun 2014
By Rimsky
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As good as the other Naxos CD of orchestral music from Meyerbeer's operas: very well played and recorded: a bargain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Sep 2014
By ElaineT
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Great to see this collection, as well as the overtures CD (also Naxos, with Darrell Ang and the NZ Symphony Orchestra). I hope that, as a previous reviewer remarked, fashions might change - Meyerbeer's music deserves to be better appreciated. CDs like these can only help that process. The Ballet of the Nuns from 'Robert le Diable' stunned audiences at the time and is still amazing. Meyerbeer was an innovator in his time, and that shouldn't be forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Aug 2014
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a good recording
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