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Best Ballet 100
     

Best Ballet 100

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Designed as a comprehensive survey of Romantic and modern ballet music, this six-disc compilation from EMI Classics presents excerpts from all the mainstays of the classical dance genre, and a few selections that aren't quite as familiar anymore. No collection worthy of the title Best Ballet 100 could overlook the true greats, such as See more details below

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Designed as a comprehensive survey of Romantic and modern ballet music, this six-disc compilation from EMI Classics presents excerpts from all the mainstays of the classical dance genre, and a few selections that aren't quite as familiar anymore. No collection worthy of the title Best Ballet 100 could overlook the true greats, such as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Léo Delibes, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Sergey Prokofiev, and their major ballets are well represented. Also listed are composers who wrote concert works that were later choreographed and adopted into the repertoire, such as the arrangements of Frédéric Chopin's piano music that became "Les Sylphides," the "Symphonic Variations" of César Franck, and the "Symphony in C" of Georges Bizet. Less familiar names also appear, including such nearly forgotten but once important ballet composers as Léon Minkus, Riccardo Drigo, and Ferdinand Hérold, the latter perhaps the best known of that fading group. The performers are for the most part celebrated conductors and world-class orchestras who recorded with EMI from 1958 to 2004, the period of these recordings; Adrian Boult, Charles Mackerras, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Georges Prêtre, Richard Hickox, and Leonard Slatkin are but a few of the distinguished maestros whose recordings have been anthologized here. As it happens with many of EMI's Best 100 series, the overall sound of the package is decent but a little variable, considering the large number of analog recordings mixed in with all-digital tracks. While this may require some small volume adjustments, it is only a problem for audiophiles, and the levels are quite suitable for home listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099921522024
catalogNumber:
15220

Tracks

  1. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. Scene
  2. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 1. Waltz
  3. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. Dance of the Little Swans
  4. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. Pas de deux
  5. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Hungarian Dance
  6. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Spanish Dance
  7. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Neopolitan Dance
  8. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Mazurka
  9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Introduction
  10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. Rose Adagio
  11. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. Panorama
  12. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. Waltz
  13. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Miniature Overture
  14. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. March / Act 2. Divertissement
  15. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  16. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Trepak: Russian Dance
  17. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Chocolate: Spanish Dance
  18. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Coffee: Arab Dance
  19. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Tea: Chinese Dance
  20. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Reed Flutes
  21. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers
  22. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Polonaise
  23. Don Quixote, ballet: Act 3. Pas de deux
  24. La Bayadere, ballet: Act 4. The Kingdom of the Shades (Conclusion)
  25. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Dance of the Knights
  26. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Balcony Scene
  27. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Act 1. Shawl Dance
  28. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Act 1. Fairies: Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter
  29. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Act 2. Pas de deux (The Prince and Cinderella)
  30. Symphonic Pictures from "Spartacus," for orchestra: Act 3. Adagio
  31. The Age of Gold, ballet, Op. 22: Polka
  32. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Act 3. Sabre Dance
  33. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Act 3. Dance of the Rose Maidens
  34. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Act 1. Lezhginka
  35. La Fille Mal Gardée, ballet: Act 1. Introduction - Dance of the Cock and Hens
  36. La Fille Mal Gardée, ballet: Act 2. Widow Simone - Clog Dance
  37. La Fille Mal Gardée, ballet: Act 2. Pas de deux
  38. La Fille Mal Gardée, ballet: Act 2. Finale
  39. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Valse
  40. Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Pas de deux
  41. Le Corsaire, ballet: Pas de deux (interpolated into Minkus's original s
  42. Faust, opera: Les Nubiennes - Variation du miroir - Danse de Phr
  43. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Act 1. Prélude & Mazurka
  44. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Act 1. Valse
  45. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Act 1. Czárdás
  46. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Overture
  47. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Act 1. Les Chasseresses
  48. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Act 1. Intermezzo & Valse lente
  49. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Act 3. Pizzicati
  50. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet: Pas de deux pigeons
  51. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet: Dance of the Gypsies
  52. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet: Hungarian Dance
  53. Boléro, ballet for orchestra: Boléro (Conclusion)
  54. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): First Tableau: Russian Dance
  55. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A Op. 28 No. 7
  56. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Grande Valse brillante in E flat Op. 18
  57. La boutique fantasque, ballet after Rossini, P. 120: Can Can
  58. Les biches (The Does), ballet, FP 36: Rondeau
  59. Les biches (The Does), ballet, FP 36: Adagietto
  60. Les biches (The Does), ballet, FP 36: Rag-mazurka
  61. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86
  62. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: L'Adoration de la terre
  63. El Sombrero de tres picos, suite from the ballet for piano: The Corregidor's dance & confrontation
  64. Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: The birth of Apollo
  65. Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra: Danse générale - Bacchanale
  66. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: Opening Scene: The tale of the Kalendar Prince
  67. Parade, ballet in 1 scene for orchestra: Finale
  68. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: Final scene
  69. Cantata in Memory of Pushkin's 100th Birthday, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 65: Overture - Entrée - Grand adagio and coda
  70. Symphonic Variations, for piano & orchestra (also arr. for 2 pianos), M. 46: Final section
  71. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Swiss yodelling song
  72. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Polka
  73. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Waltz
  74. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Popular song
  75. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tango-Pasodoble
  76. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tarantella-Sevillana
  77. A Month in the Country, ballet sequence (music by Chopin): No. 8. Alla polacca
  78. Gnossienne, for piano No.1
  79. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  80. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Finale
  81. Tales of Beatrix Potter, ballet: Mrs Tiggy-Winkle's Laundry
  82. Tales of Beatrix Potter, ballet: The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck
  83. Tales of Beatrix Potter, ballet: The Mouse Waltz
  84. Les Patineurs, ballet (arranged by Constant Lambert; music from "Le Prophète," Act 3): Allegro moderato e pesante - Andante espressivo -
  85. Pineapple Poll, ballet (compiled & arranged by C. Mackerras): Opening Dance
  86. The Lady and the Fool, romantic ballet suite (after Verdi): Grand Adage
  87. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: Pezzo in forma di Sonatina (extract)
  88. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: Valse
  89. Symphony in C major ("No. 1"): Finale: Allegro vivace
  90. Shylock, incidental music and suite for tenor & orchestra, Op. 57: Finale
  91. Symphony No. 3 in D major ("Polish"), Op. 29: 2. Alla tedesca
  92. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44: Finale: Allegro con fuoco
  93. Billy the Kid, ballet: Celebration
  94. Fancy Free, ballet: Opening Dance
  95. Rodeo, ballet: Buckaroo Holiday
  96. Rodeo, ballet: Hoe-Down
  97. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal): 2. Somewhere
  98. Appalachian Spring, concert suite for full orchestra
  99. On the Town, musical: Times Square
  100. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band: Finale: The Stars and Stripes Forever!

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