American Classics - Herbert: Babes In Toyland, Etc

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This disc has been kicking around for a while, but the music is so delightful that I thought I’d mention it in case you missed it the first time. It consists of orchestral arrangements, mostly (it seems) original to Herbert and his circle, of most of Babes in Toyland and a “selection” from The Red Mill. Herbert was not just a master orchestrator but also was a first class tunesmith, and hearing this music is like meeting up with an old friend. Babes in Toyland actually begins with a full-blown symphonic poem, a prelude in pantomime form lasting some 15 minutes, so there really is substance here as well. The performances are lively and well-played, the sound more than acceptable. You may be very pleasantly surprised at the musical quality and sophistication on offer here.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [6/2001]


Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 01, 1999


  • Catalog Number: 8559025


  • UPC: 636943902523


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Victor Herbert


  • Conductor: Keith Brion


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra



Works:


  1. Babes in Toyland: Medley

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  2. Babes in Toyland: Prelude

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  3. Babes in Toyland: Military Ball

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  4. Babes in Toyland: Act II, Finale

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  5. Babes in Toyland: Toymaker and Workshop

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  6. Babes in Toyland: Hang March

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  7. Babes in Toyland: Eccentric Dance

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  8. Babes in Toyland: Birth of a Butterfly

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  9. Babes in Toyland: March of the Toy Soldiers

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  10. The Red Mill: Medley

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion