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Meyerbeer: Ballet Music from the Operas
 
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Meyerbeer: Ballet Music from the Operas

4 Mar. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Mar. 2014
  • Release Date: 4 Mar. 2014
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:09:06
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  • ASIN: B00IG1BL1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,741 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Owl on 3 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ElaineT on 21 Sept. 2014
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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Nethercott on 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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