Ballet Adagios

Ballet Adagios

     
 

Ballet Adagios is a double-disc collection of dances and excerpts from ballets that generally have slow tempos and lyrical expressions as common features. Taken from Decca's backlist of recordings made between 1960 and 1993, the selections represent the most famous ballet composers, necessarily featuring the most important of all -- Léo…  See more details below

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Ballet Adagios is a double-disc collection of dances and excerpts from ballets that generally have slow tempos and lyrical expressions as common features. Taken from Decca's backlist of recordings made between 1960 and 1993, the selections represent the most famous ballet composers, necessarily featuring the most important of all -- Léo Delibes, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, and Sergey Prokofiev -- but also including composers whose operatic and instrumental music has significantly contributed to the dance repertoire, such as Jules Massenet, Camille Saint-Saëns, Aram Khachaturian, Charles Gounod, and Johann Strauss II, among others. The performances by the world's leading orchestras are conducted by such prominent maestros as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Richard Bonynge, Antal Dorati, Charles Dutoit, and David Zinman, and the atmosphere created by these musicians is appropriately warm and romantic. Because recording technology changed dramatically over the years spanning these performances, the sound is a little variable in tone and background ambience, but all are quite clear and noise-free, and any traces of analog tape hiss are slight on the ADD tracks. The all-digital recordings are clean and well-balanced, and the moderate volume levels running through this appealing twofer are consistent, so there are few spots where adjustments are necessary.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947815044
catalogNumber:
001299402
Rank:
102778

Tracks

  1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Rose Adagio  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Richard Bonynge  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  2. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Darren Lewis
  3. La Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts: The Last Sleep of the Virgin  - Jules Massenet  - Raymond Agoult  -  New Symphony Orchestra of London  - Darren Lewis
  4. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Nocturne  - Frédéric Chopin  - Richard Bonynge  -  Douglas  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  5. Faust, opera: Ballet Music: Adagio  - Charles Gounod  -  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Zinman  - Darren Lewis
  6. Love's Dream after the Ball, Op 356  - Alphons Czibulka  - Richard Bonynge  - Douglas Gamley  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  7. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Peace  - Léo Delibes  - Richard Bonynge  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  - Ron Golan  - Darren Lewis
  8. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: Berceuse  - Igor Stravinsky  - Antal Doráti  -  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  9. Le cigale, ballet in 2 acts: Valse très lente  - Jules Massenet  - Richard Bonynge  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  10. Matinées musicales (Rossini Suite No.2), for orchestra, Op. 24: Nocturne  - Benjamin Britten  - Richard Bonynge  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  11. Le Beau Danube (The Blue/Beautiful Danube), ballet (Strauss works arr. by Desormière)  - Johann Strauss  - Richard Bonynge  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  12. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: Mélodie  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  13. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Last Farewell  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  14. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation  - Jules Massenet  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  15. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia  - Aram Khachaturian  - Aram Khachaturian  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  16. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Waltz  - Frédéric Chopin  - Richard Bonynge  -  Douglas  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  17. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: The Black Swan  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  18. Le roi de Lahore, opera in 5 acts (3 versions): Act 5. Entr'acte / Act 3. Adagio & Valse  - Jules Massenet  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  19. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  20. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gayaneh's Adagio  - Aram Khachaturian  - Aram Khachaturian  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  21. Suite No.7 for orchestra ("Scènes alsaciennes"): Dimanche matin  - Jules Massenet  - Richard Bonynge  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  22. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Valse  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Darren Lewis
  23. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 1. Finale  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Darren Lewis

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