Ballet Adagios

Ballet Adagios


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2009
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947815044
catalogNumber: 001299402
Rank: 146367


  1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Rose Adagio
  2. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  3. La Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts: The Last Sleep of the Virgin
  4. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Nocturne
  5. Faust, opera: Ballet Music: Adagio
  6. Love's Dream after the Ball, Op 356
  7. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Peace
  8. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: Berceuse
  9. Le cigale, ballet in 2 acts: Valse très lente
  10. Matinées musicales (Rossini Suite No.2), for orchestra, Op. 24: Nocturne
  11. Le Beau Danube (The Blue/Beautiful Danube), ballet (Strauss works arr. by Desormière)
  12. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: Mélodie
  13. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Last Farewell
  14. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation
  15. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
  16. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Waltz
  17. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: The Black Swan
  18. Le roi de Lahore, opera in 5 acts (3 versions): Act 5. Entr'acte / Act 3. Adagio & Valse
  19. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers
  20. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Gayaneh's Adagio
  21. Suite No.7 for orchestra ("Scènes alsaciennes"): Dimanche matin
  22. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Valse
  23. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 1. Finale

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