This unique programme is the first time that all the ballet music from Verdi’s operas has been brought together in a single recording. Although The Four Seasons from I vespri siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers) and the ballet scenes from Aida and Otello have survived, substantial pieces from Il trovatore and Don Carlo are more often cut, while the ballet from Jérusalem is all but unknown. José Serebrier’s recordings with the Bournemouth Symphony have resulted in some great successes with unusual repertoire. This release will be of interest both to opera enthusiasts and to those eager to explore Verdi’s neglected and relatively small body of concert music.
“there's something to be said for Naxos choosing an orchestra and conductor who haven't grown stale through a marathon sequence of Traviatas and the results are remarkably fresh and invigorating....Serebrier sets tempos which are pretty nigh spot on and the playing from the BSO is full of zest and vigour.”
“A very attractive collection of Verdi's little-known ballet music from Serebrier and his Bournemouth forces, with nearly two hours of elegantly performed music on a single disc.”