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Messager
Les deux pigeons [Complete]
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Richard Bonynge

Recorded April & May 1991 in Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2448
Duration: 63 minutes
Reviewed: February 2007
A feel-good ballet score (first danced to in 1886) that is full of delightfully lyrical tunes, foot-tapping rhythms and colourful orchestration. AndrĂ© Messager (1853-1929) composed a delightful work, sparkling and insouciant, with a fair quota of ‘well-known’ sections. Richard Bonynge is a master of the style and secures a thoroughly idiomatic performance that enjoys naturally balanced and vivid sound. Enjoy!

 

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