"...a winning selection of familiar and neglected orchestral showpieces from 19th-century France. Under yan Pascal Tortelier, the BBCis on top form ...Full marks for initiative, performance and recording."
Classic FM Magazine - April 2000
"... This disc is a delight from beginning to end, and is recommended without reservation."
Andrew Quint - Fanfare - July/August 2000
"Fun Pieces like the overtures to Herold’s opera Zampa, and to Auber’s The Bronze Horse ... are regularly overlooked on CD. Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic are sparkling and idiomatic in these and a dozen other items..." ****
The Guardian - 4 February 2000
"...The BBC Philharmonic is on top form (the strings and brass both deserve accolades) and the Chandos recording is top-drawer, vivid resonant and glowing. All in all, a programme to cheer you up on a bleak winter’s dy. Just try La belle Hélène and you’ll be wond over."
Ivan March - Gramophone magazine - March 2000
"... Yan Pascal Tortelier’s sparkling cornucopia, with the BBC PO - very much in the Beecham tradition of French Bonbons’: overtures by Adam, Auber, Hérold, Thomas and Offenbach - the delectable La Belle Hélène included - all given demonstration Chandos sound."
Gramophone magazine - January 2001
"... This is delectable music, sizzling entertainment for a sophisticated bourgeoisie... a real toe-tapper that deserves to be a runaway success."
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times - 30 January 2000