6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
Gone are the days when Bonynge could have pitched a project like this to Decca and recorded it with the New Philharmonia, ECO or LSO. The Victorian Opera Orchestra turn in spirited performances under Bonynge's experienced direction, but there's no denying that they are stretched to the limit as evinced by patches of scrappy ensemble. I don't wish to make too much of these shortcomings as there are other occasions when their playing is polished and confident.
As for the music, these are effective curtain raisers to long-forgotten operas by British composers known and virtually unknown. Sometimes they sound like early Verdi or Donizetti. At other times, there is no doubting their sturdy British provenance. There is a complete performance by Victorian Opera of Wallace's Lurline on Naxos if the overture included here tickles you fancy. All the works on this CD are enjoyable and well worth hearing. Thanks are due to all concerned for their efforts in making this music available.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2013
Having heard this orchestra before(on Naxos) on being disappointed with both the playing and recording, I hesitated before buying this CD, and only finally made up my mind because of Amazon's ridiculously low price!
I need not have worried. The playing of the small orchestra( 6 first violins) is excellent - sounding much like a good Theatre Orchestra of the C19 must have sounded. Recording quality is also clear and well balanced, and the playing time of over 74 minutes generous.
So don't hesitate as I did, buy it! The overtures are without exception well worth hearing - melodious and imaginatively scored.