8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
no better than all right,
This review is from: Macfarren: Robin Hood (Audio CD)
All credit to Naxos for recording this 'romantic English opera' from 1860; it is always interesting to hear these neglected pieces and form one's own opinion. This one is quite long (two discs of nearly 80 minutes each), and it would be good to be able to report that it is worth the trouble; but really there is very little distinctive music here, and some of the items are the sort of thing that gave 'Victorian music' a bad name (such as the faintly embarrassing part song in Act III scene 2).
Maybe with more able advocacy this would have come up better, but the general standard of performance is not much above semi-professional. The recording is clear and some of the singing and orchestral playing is fine; but several of the solo voices sound to be under strain, and the orchestral tutti sounds pretty thin.
If you want to explore the genre, as I did, then it is a worthy introduction, but it is only fair to mention these reservations.