Reviews: Meyerbeer, Sacred Works

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

New Prussian Philharmony, Berlin | Naxos

Meyerbeer Sacred Works CD cover

This album brings together a selection of religious compositions by Giacomo Meyerbeer, including several works presumed lost until their recent discovery. These rediscovered pieces stand out for their masterful quality and highly individual style, such as the Hymne An Gott, which demonstrates Meyerbeer’s sensitivity and skill with text. Other gems include the luminous Pater Nosterand the melancholy Prélude et Cantique, which draws on the spirituality of the late Middle Ages and was of great significance to the composer.

This varied repertoire has all been brought together by Dario Salvi, not only the conductor on this CD, but also the one who made performance versions for the sober and intimate instrumentation of piano, string orchestra and vocals.

Gerard Scheltens,

A sonorous, in many ways interesting and insightful contribution to the history of music in the 19th century.

Jochen Berger, Coburger Tageblatt

The Neue Preussische Philharmonie, pianist and organist Jakub Sawicki and soprano Andrea Chudak, under the direction of Dario Salvi, constitute a prestigious staff that highlights rare and well-made pages, characterized by an opera style, typical of sacred music of the nineteenth century.

Critica Classica (original in Italian)

The CD unites a selection of [Meyerbeer's] religious compositions, including several works believed to be lost. These rediscovered compositions stand out for their masterful quality and very individual style.

Michel Dutrieue, Stretto (original in Dutch)

...A round sound [with] careful attention to the joint and occasional touches of romantic emphasis, pleasantly unexpected under the wand of a native of Brescia such as the Maestro Salvi, of ancient jazz training and then active for a long time in the operetta.

Carlo Vitali, Classic Voice (original in Italian)

Meyerbeer reveals his sense of theater in these works, but also of melody, which are transcribed for organ or piano, strings and soprano by Dario Salvi, who interprets them at the helm of the Neue Preussische Philharmonie, choosing appropriate tempi and sounds.

Riccardo Viagrande, GBOpera Magazine (original in Italian)

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