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MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra


Darrell Ang


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra



Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 71:23
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MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang)

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Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil)


L'Etoile du Nord


Les Huguenots

3 Overture 04:48
4 Act I: Orgie (Drinking Song) 03:36
5 Act II: Entr'acte 02:32
6 Act V: Entr'acte 00:39
7 Act V: Ballet 02:02

L' Africaine (The African Maid)

8 Overture 04:33
9 Act II: Entr'acte 01:33
10 Act III: Entr'acte 03:44
11 Act V: Entr'acte 01:24
12 Act V: Grand scene du mancenillier 01:41

Dinorah, "Le pardon de Ploermel"

13 Overture 13:16
14 Act II: Entr'acte 02:55
15 Act III: Entr'acte 01:45

Le Prophete (The Prophet)

16 Overture 11:06
17 Act IV: Coronation March 03:17
 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
  Darrell Ang Conductor

Giacomo Meyerbeer’s eminence as an operatic composer was such that the works he wrote for the Paris Opéra between 1831 and 1865—Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots, L’Africaine and Le Prophète—were among the most spectacular and popular, well into the twentieth century. These overtures and orchestral pieces illustrate the power of Meyerbeer’s writing, his sense of drama, his orchestral colouring, and his melodic beauty. L’Etoile du Nord and Dinorah, written for the Opéra Comique, are lighter in tone, but notable for their programmatic inventiveness.


 "... This is strongly recommended for anyone interested in a delectable and easily accessible concert of rarely heard music..."

Arthur Lintgen - Fanfare - November/December 2014

"... Darrell Ang takes this music totally seriously. He does this without overplaying his hand which must sometimes have been very tempting especially with Meyerbeer’s ‘full-fat’ orchestration. The orchestra are clearly enjoying themselves and often let rip but play with clarity and judgement. It’s quite possible that this music has never sounded so good. So this is vibrant music, well worth exploring. It’s performed with a depth of understanding which allows the music every chance of presenting itself at its best..."
Gary Higginson - - July 2014


                       *** (Good)       ***½ (Good/VeryGood)

Michael Kube - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - August 2014

"They are all ...interesting pieces which should have an appeal to those who do not feel like embarking on the full length of one of the operas, or might now be encouraged to take the plunge. Darrell Ang relishes all their effects, and draws lively performances from the enthusiastic New Zealand Symphony Orchestra." 

John Warrack - International Record Review - June 2014


         Recording of the Month

"Listeners of a delicate disposition may well need a whiff of the sal volatile after all that unbridled energy; hardier souls will simply press Play and relish these head-banging performances once more. The marketing of Darrell Ang may be targeted at more youthful listeners, but he’s certainly converted this older one. It’s a fun CD, and a perfect opportunity to celebrate both the genius of Meyerbeer and the runaway talent of this young Singaporean conductor. Intoxicating performances, thrillingly recorded; Darrell Ang is one to watch." 
Dan Morgan - - June 2014

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