Amusing, Unknown Ballet
T. Schmalz | New Jersey | 12/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, before I had purchased I had not heard of neither the ballet nor the composer. The Penguin Guide had highy recommended this recording, so I gave it a shot.
The CD is fantastic. The ballet revolves around, as the title implies, a girl who is not carefully watched; a comic, light-hearted ballet based upon the average individual. The music is also light, but Lanchbery's arrangement adds some depth to the sound and the result is simply enjoyable. The recording is very good, the sound is full and well balanced. Having heard no other recording, I cannot say for myself, but as previously mentioned, the Penguin Guide considers this to be a "key" recording. The Bonynge bonus is also well performed and cannot disappoint.
This recording is well worth your exploration."
It pays to discover
Pietro Zanette | 02/14/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Double cd feature at super price is an added bonus to these works. Herold's work under Lanchbery baton comes out sparkling and live.Like in other french composers ballet music, what makes you like it, is the fresh approach without complications, just joyful cool music like when you listen to Dean Martin, nothing immortal apparently but so cool to listen to. Bonynge in the second work, does not need comment, he is the dean of ballet music, hats off."