Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases
Les deux pigeons [Complete]
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Recorded April & May 1991 in Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2448 Duration: 63 minutes Reviewed: February 2007
The Two Pigeons
...a sixty-word review by Colin Anderson
A feel-good ballet score (first danced to in 1886) that is full of delightfully lyrical tunes, foot-tapping rhythms and colourful orchestration. André 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!