This unique programme is the first time that all the ballet music from Verdis operas has been brought together in a single recording. Although The Four Seasons from I vespri siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers) and the ballet scenes from Aida and Otello have survived, substantial pieces from Il trovatore and Don Carlo are more often cut, while the ballet from Jérusalem is all but unknown. José Serebriers recordings with the Bournemouth Symphony have resulted in some great successes with unusual repertoire. This release will be of interest both to opera enthusiasts and to those eager to explore Verdis neglected and relatively small body of concert music. José Serebriers work with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has resulted in some great successes with unusual repertoire, such as the vivid performances (Gramophone) of Ned Rorems symphonies (8.559149) and their acclaimed series of Stokowski transcriptions. This release unearths plenty of barely known Verdi to go along with more familiar ballet scores, and will be of unique interest to opera enthusiasts as well as those already attracted by his brilliant and better-known orchestral gems. GRAMMY®-winner conductor and composer José Serebrier is one of todays most recorded classical artists. He has received 39 GRAMMY® nominations in recent years. His First Symphony (8.559648) was premièred by Leopold Stokowski (who premièred several of his works) when Serebrier was 17, as a last-minute replacement for the then still unplayable Ives Fourth Symphony.
Wonderful value, especially when the music is so tuneful, the playing so accomplished and the conducting so expert. ***** --Mail On Sunday,25/03/12
As he has often shown in the past, José Serebrier has a remarkable gift for drawing polished and vigorous performances from his orchestra. The result has all the tension and bite of a live performance with the advantage of studio techniques, helped by refined and beautifully balanced recording, transparent in texture. --Gramophone, June 2012
'Each piece's vitality and colour are well captured in these performances which combine sweep with finesse.' --BBC Music Magazine, June 2012