Meyerbeer has not enjoyed anything like the good press in recent times that he had during his lifetime, but it would be a mistake to undervalue him to the point of dismissal. There are plenty of musical reasons as well as dramatic ones why works like Les Huguenots
, Le Prophète
, or L’Africaine
should have proved such successes. Liszt’s two paraphrases make an excellent advertisement for L’Africaine
, and pianists at least should consider a speedy revival.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990