Back in college I snagged a 1990 Berling Chamber orchestra recording of this for $1 at a discount store. What a steal! I almost felt guilty after listening to it for the first time. I started using the Danse Général and Pas de Trois as warm up pieces for flute practice afterward.
I'm actually quite surprised to hear that Grétry works are really that obscure. Then again, this is the only work I'm familiar with. You'll have to recommend some additional works of his.
Anyhow, thanks for bringing back some memories with this treatment of my old friends.
I'm glad to learn that you too are a flute player.
In Belgium (and I assume all over the world), Grétry is not a 'famous' composer. He had to live in the shadow of the classical giants, but was at his time a popular opera writer. He has written quite a number of comic operas. The ballet music is somewhat strange: I studied the entire opera score and only the Danse Générale and the Carmagnole (last dance) are part of the score. The rest doesn't even occur by any reference. The scores I've used were published by Schott in Mainz. I couldn't trace any manuscript of them. (Were they some kind of entr'acte added many years later? And who did write them?)
And the Danse Générale is not about a dancing general (LOL), but the main dance of the opera (that's why it is in the score, where the villagers dance to their acquired liberty).