Invitation to the Dance

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1992
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099508124
  • Catalog Number: 8550081
  • Sales rank: 220,130

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), for orchestra and various arrangements (orchestrated by Berlioz) - Carl Maria von Weber & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (9:35)
  2. 2 Giselle, ballet: Act 1. No. 7. Allegro marcato - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:46)
  3. 3 Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Variation A. Allegro - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:30)
  4. 4 Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Gallop - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:03)
  5. 5 Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Waltz - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:07)
  6. 6 Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Alla loure - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:15)
  7. 7 Giselle, ballet: Act 1. Andante - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:18)
  8. 8 Giselle, ballet: Act 2. No. 12. Andantino non troppo - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:31)
  9. 9 Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Allegro non troppo - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:11)
  10. 10 Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Intermezzo - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:00)
  11. 11 Giselle, ballet: Act 2. (Transition) - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (0:17)
  12. 12 Giselle, ballet: Act 2. Andante - Adolphe Adam & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:10)
  13. 13 Faust, opera: Allegretto - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:25)
  14. 14 Faust, opera: Adagio - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (3:49)
  15. 15 Faust, opera: Allegretto - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:28)
  16. 16 Faust, opera: Moderato maestoso - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:53)
  17. 17 Faust, opera: Moderato con moto - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:05)
  18. 18 Faust, opera: Allegretto - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:45)
  19. 19 Faust, opera: Allegro vivo - Charles Gounod & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:49)
  20. 20 Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Moderato - Léo Delibes & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (0:31)
  21. 21 Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Terana. Andante - Léo Delibes & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:45)
  22. 22 Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Rektah. Allegro vivo - Léo Delibes & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:08)
  23. 23 Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Persian. Allegretto / Andante - Léo Delibes & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:38)
  24. 24 Lakmé, opera: Air de dance. Coda. Allegretto marcato - Léo Delibes & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:16)
  25. 25 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Dance of the Hours - Amilcare Ponchielli & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (7:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ondrej Lenard Primary Artist
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