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5.0 out of 5 stars Take your seats for a medley of delights, 20 Jan. 2013
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gaite Parisienne (Audio CD)
I just love the idea of those august Berliners Herbert von Karajan and the BPO taking time out from Bruckner and Beethoven to slum it and record this joyous music. Of course, there's not really any "slumming it" involved at all; you'd have to be embalmed or in the terminal stages of depression not to respond to this riotous pot-pourri culled from Offenbach's operettas and the elegant ballet suites. The moods spanned are a delight, from the slinky waltzes to the voluptuous Barcarolle to brilliant marches to that most famous dance of all, the erotically super-charged Cancan. And the BPO certainly can cancan; there is a handful of recordings made in this era which are held up by the aficionados to represent orchestral playing at its finest and this is one of three I'd suggest; the other two are Karajan's "Sinfonia Domestica" on EMI and the 1966 Bruckner 9 for DG.

We Karajan fans barely dare put our heads above the parapet these days for fear of attracting insults aimed at both us and our favourite conductor just as flies flock to doo-doo. While I readily acknowledge Herbie's faults and failings, there is no doubt in my mind that he left a treasurable legacy and this is a prime example of music not necessarily first associated with him. The musicians move effortlessly from Parisian loucheness to the perfumed delicacy of Chopin's melodies to the more stately charms of Delibes' "Coppélia" Suite - and this is a disc you can pick up for virtually nothing plus P&P; criminal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming scores, 6 Oct. 2011
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A delightful disc of ballet music impeccably played by the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan. Gaite Parisienne is a selection of numbers from Manuel Rosenthal's arrangements from Offenbach's operas including the Cancan and the wonderful Barcarolle from The Tales Of Hoffmann. We also get the Roy Douglas orchestrations of Chopin for Les Sylphides and three excerpts from Delibes' Coppelia including the famous Mazurka. Great fun from beginning to end!
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Gaite Parisienne by Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin^Jacques Offenbach^Lo Delibes (Audio CD - 1989)
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