Hérold - La Somnambule | Melba MR301087

Hérold - La Somnambule

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Label: Melba

Cat No: MR301087

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 12th February 2007

Contents

Artists

Orchestra Victoria

Conductor

Richard Bonynge

Works

Herold, Ferdinand

La Somnambule

Artists

Orchestra Victoria

Conductor

Richard Bonynge

About

A world premiere recording of the score for perhaps the world's first full-blown Romantic ballet, Ferdinand Hérold's 'La Somnambule', written in 1827 and not heard in public for almost 150 years. This ballet music precedes Bellini's famous opera 'La Sonnambula' by four years, and its neglect is surprising, given that Richard Bonynge's deft handling of the score reveals a work which is both charming and sweetly lyrical. It is a rarity which well deserved Richard Bonynge's rescue from musical oblivion.
 
Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold (1791–1833) was a French operatic composer of Alsatian descent who also wrote pieces for the piano, orchestra, and the ballet. He is best known today for the overture to the opera Zampa and the ballet La Fille Mal Gardée.
 
Somnambule’ has tremendous depth and presence and sets up a superbly accurate listening position at front centre. It’s a delightfully light and active piece often reflecting Rossini, a Hérold contemporary, throughout its 69 minutes. Listening with eyes shut is uncannily like being in a concert hall. Open your eyes after a few minutes and you’ll be surprised by how small our listening room suddenly seems.” -  The Green Guide

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