André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry enjoyed continuing success
with fifty or so operas presented over 35 years in Paris, although he was
Belgian by birth. His style was circumscribed by a lack of edge to his easy
journeying, whereas both Haydn and Mozart as contemporaries had driving
Grétry had reasonable melodic facility which gave both good and
indifferent results, and he was very plain and basic with harmony. Yet the
final mix gave him success, and modern man may discover this easy-going
music from 18th-century Paris a gentle pleasure to the ear [listen
-- track 8, 0:00-0:56].
I have not previously chanced upon the Orchestre de Bretagne or their
conductor Stefan Sanderling together on disc. They wring this music for
every chance of something scintillating. Their success rate is good.
Copyright © 21 February 2001
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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