Dvorak: Slavonic Dances / Massenet: Le Cid (Ballet music) with Meyerbeer's 'Les Patineurs'

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ANTONIN DVORAK / JULES MASSENET
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances / Massenet: Le Cid (Ballet music) with Meyerbeer's 'Les Patineurs'
London Symphony Orchestra / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Jean Martinon

[ Decca ABC Eloquence / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 1 February 2006

"In Martinon's hands, Massenet's tunes fizz and effervesce like the best champagne."
(Rosette Penguin Stereo Guide)

Rosette Recording Penguin Stereo Guide

"In Martinon's hands, Massenet's tunes fizz and effervesce like the best champagne."
(Penguin Stereo Guide)

"In short, masses of fun all round. If the Israel Philharmonic yields to the LSO in sheer international heft, it gives just as much of itself in spirit. A life-enhancing disc."
(MusicWeb)

Jean Martinon (1910-76) was not only a successful conductor but also an accomplished composer and his musical intuition and fine ear for detail is evident at every turn in these recordings. This release will achieve cult status, as did the original recordings, made in 1958 (Massenet, Meyerbeer) and 1959 (Dvorak). The French works were recorded by the legendary Decca producer John Culshaw, and for those not familiar with this music, it is scintillating, charming, tuneful, and, despite the age of the recordings, sonically thrilling. Likewise, Martinon and the LSO inject plenty of verve into the Slavonic Dances (originally recorded by Decca for RCA at a time when the two companies had a mutual arrangement).

Tracks:

ANTONIN DVORAK (1841-1904)
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
No. 1 in C minor (Presto)
No. 2 in E minor (Allegretto scherzando)
No. 3 in A flat major (Poco allegro)
No. 4 in F major (Tempo di minuetto)
No. 5 in A major (Allegro vivace)
No. 6 in d major (Allegretto scherzando)
No. 7 in C minor (Allegro assai)
No. 8 in G minor (Presto)

9 Slavonic Dances, Op. 72
No. 7 in C major (Allegro vivace)

JULES MASSENET (1842-1912)
Le Cid - ballet music

GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791-1864)
Les Patineurs - ballet
(orch. Constant Lambert)