Invitation to the Dance

Invitation to the Dance

by Ondrej Lenard
     
 
This disc of famous dance music from Romantic operas and ballet may not offer many surprises, but Ondrej Lenard and the Czech Radio Philharmonic Orchestra give these pieces their due in both vitality and warmth. The Berlioz arrangement of Weber's "Invitation to the Dance" -- originally a

Overview

This disc of famous dance music from Romantic operas and ballet may not offer many surprises, but Ondrej Lenard and the Czech Radio Philharmonic Orchestra give these pieces their due in both vitality and warmth. The Berlioz arrangement of Weber's "Invitation to the Dance" -- originally a salon piece for piano -- is played vivaciously with particular care given to details in the brilliant orchestration and tender expressiveness in the opening and closing sections. The suite taken from Adam's "Giselle" is performed with more élan than this rather conventional music deserves, and the ensemble keeps up interest by supplying buoyant rhythms and a bright sound throughout. The ballet music from the fifth act of Gounod's "Faust" is by turns elegant, passionate, and diabolical, and the ensemble brings off the closing Allegro vivo with tremendous fury, making it the most startling track of the disc. The "Airs de danse" from "Lakmé" by Delibes are redolent of perfumed exoticism and mystery, and the orchestral colors are delicately rendered. Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" from "La Gioconda" -- known to many from its hilarious use in Disney's Fantasia -- receives a pleasant but slightly overcautious performance here, possibly a bit too slow to be truly exciting, but it is fine in all other aspects.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1992
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099508124
catalogNumber:
8550081
Rank:
193160

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Tracks

  1. Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), for orchestra and various arrangements (orchestrated by Berlioz)
  2. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. No. 7. Allegro marcato
  3. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Variation A. Allegro
  4. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Gallop
  5. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Waltz
  6. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Alla loure
  7. Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Andante
  8. Giselle, ballet: Act 2. No. 12. Andantino non troppo
  9. Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Allegro non troppo
  10. Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Intermezzo
  11. Giselle, ballet: Act 2. (Transition)
  12. Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Andante
  13. Faust, opera: Allegretto
  14. Faust, opera: Adagio
  15. Faust, opera: Allegretto
  16. Faust, opera: Moderato maestoso
  17. Faust, opera: Moderato con moto
  18. Faust, opera: Allegretto
  19. Faust, opera: Allegro vivo
  20. Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Moderato
  21. Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Terana. Andante
  22. Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Rektah. Allegro vivo
  23. Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Persian. Allegretto / Andante
  24. Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Coda. Allegretto marcato
  25. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Dance of the Hours

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