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Ballet Adagios

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947815044
  • Catalog Number: 001299402
  • Sales rank: 41,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Rose Adagio - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Richard Bonynge (6:39)
  2. 2 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Darren Lewis (3:23)
  3. 3 La Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts: The Last Sleep of the Virgin - Jules Massenet & Raymond Agoult (5:08)
  4. 4 Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Nocturne - Frédéric Chopin & Richard Bonynge (6:12)
  5. 5 Faust, opera: Ballet Music: Adagio - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Charles Gounod (4:07)
  6. 6 Love's Dream after the Ball, Op 356 - Alphons Czibulka & Richard Bonynge (4:51)
  7. 7 Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Peace - Léo Delibes & Richard Bonynge (4:44)
  8. 8 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: Berceuse - Antal Doráti & Igor Stravinsky (4:43)
  9. 9 Le cigale, ballet in 2 acts: Valse très lente - Jules Massenet & Richard Bonynge (4:30)
  10. 10 Matinées musicales (Rossini Suite No.2), for orchestra, Op. 24: Nocturne - Benjamin Britten & Richard Bonynge (3:02)
  11. 11 Le Beau Danube (The Blue/Beautiful Danube), ballet (Strauss works arr. by Desormière) - Johann Strauss II & Richard Bonynge (6:00)
  12. 12 Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: Mélodie - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Richard Bonynge (4:12)
  13. 13 Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Last Farewell - Sergey Prokofiev & Charles Dutoit (9:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Richard Bonynge (5:45)
  2. 2 Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (9:08)
  3. 3 Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Waltz - Frédéric Chopin & Richard Bonynge (4:27)
  4. 4 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: The Black Swan - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Richard Bonynge (9:36)
  5. 5 Le roi de Lahore, opera in 5 acts (3 versions): Act 5. Entr'acte / Act 3. Adagio & Valse - Jules Massenet & Richard Bonynge (7:18)
  6. 6 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Charles Dutoit (6:53)
  7. 7 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gayaneh's Adagio - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (4:18)
  8. 8 Suite No.7 for orchestra ("Scènes alsaciennes"): Dimanche matin - Jules Massenet & Richard Bonynge (8:03)
  9. 9 Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Valse - Sergey Prokofiev & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:24)
  10. 10 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 1. Finale - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Charles Dutoit (2:56)
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