Meyerbeer Overtures Provide Light Entertainment

When I mentioned I was reviewing this new Meyerbeer recording, I discovered just how low my colleagues held his music. Robert Schumann didn’t care much for it, but I think he — and others — miss the point. Giacomo Meyerbeer wasn’t out to make pronouncements from God (like Wagner) — he wanted to write entertaining, successful operas. He achieved his goals, and the music in the collection demonstrates why.

Included are instrumental works from Meyerbeer’s biggest hits — “Robert le Diable,” “Les Huguenots,” and “L’Africaine” — along with selections from “Dianorah and Le Prophete. Meyerbeer wrote almost exclusively for the stage, and his works are unfailingly catchy and tuneful.

Darrel Ang conducts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with a certain amount of brio, never failing to bring out the drama of the music (without overplaying it), and keeping the energy level high. To me, this was a great collection of classical music for casual listening and I enjoyed it. I just need to be careful who I play it for.

Giacomo Meyerbeer: Overtures and Entr’actes from the French Operas
New Zealand symphony Orchestra; Darrell Ang, conductor
Naxos

More Recent Posts

  • Sign up for one of WTJU’s summer radio camps!

    Want to get behind the mic and make some great radio? Then join WTJU this July for one of our summer radio camps! What: Students will learn the basics of audio production, conduct radio interviews, visit music venues and studios in town, produce a short audio piece, and put together a radio show. Who: Middle […]

  • jazz adds april 15, 2015

    jose’ james.  yesterday i had the blues.  blue note.  Impeccable revisiting of billie holiday’s legacy by  Panamanian modern jazz/hip hop vocalist jose’ james.   this recording could not be further from his previous while you were sleeping– which makes me believe james can dig deep.  outstanding band includes jason moran, keyboards;  john patitucci, bass;  eric harland@drums.   […]

  • April 18 Gather ‘Round: Steep Canyon Rangers (2003)

    Gather ‘Round each Saturday night from 8-9 for WTJU Folk‘s concert series; both archived and live. There will be shows from The Prism Coffeehouse and VA Folklife archives mixed in with some from our announcers’ own libraries. And you never know when a live concert might pop up! This week’s program comes from a 2003 […]

  • New Blues News – 4/14/2015

    New Blues News – 4/14/2015 New Blues Adds: Slam Allen – Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music):  Veteran blues singer / guitarist / songwriter Allen performs with his own band on this disc after eight years serving as guitarist and vocalist of the James Cotton Blues Band.  Allen’s guitar covers many styles with ease and […]

  • Live Classical Music on WTJU: Thursday, April 23 at 8 am

    Music Feeds Us is an annual free concert series in Charlottesville and Staunton, which raises money for the local food bank and promotes hunger relief generally. This year, their concerts will be held as follows: Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm – free concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton Thursday, April 23, 7:30pm – free concert at […]

  • Just a Few Friends Observes the Week of Remembrance

    This week¹s show of Just a Few Friends observes the Week of Remembrance, which runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday, this year falling on April 19. We will observe the Week of Remembrance with music rooted in the culture of the people who were systematically killed during the Holocaust. In particular, […]