Ultimate Ballet: The Essential Masterpieces [Box Set]

Ultimate Ballet: The Essential Masterpieces [Box Set]

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Ultimate Ballet: The Essential Masterpieces [Box Set]

Decca's Ultimate Ballet: The Essential Masterpieces is a budget box set of five discs covering the major dance works in the classical repertoire; newcomers to the genre can quickly pick up the basics from this generous collection. One can argue that Tchaikovsky should have been allotted greater space and that at least one of his ballets should have been presented in its entirety, rather than all three represented as suites and squeezed together on disc 1 to make room for Delibes' complete "Coppélia." The "Nutcracker," for example, could have fit nicely on a single CD, or an extra disc could have been provided to accommodate either a complete "Swan Lake" or "Sleeping Beauty." Beyond this programming quibble, the three Tchaikovsky performances by Ernest Ansermet and the L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Delibes, Chopin, and Gounod offerings by David Zinman and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra are fine for their time, being clean analog recordings from 1959 and 1979, respectively. The remaining discs feature an exceptional digital recording from 1991 by Charles Dutoit and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra of highlights from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," and terrific DDD renditions of Stravinsky's "L'Oiseau de feu" and "Le Sacre du printemps" by Antal Dorati and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 1982 and 1983. As must be evident from the span of years between recordings, the sound quality varies from the early discs to the later ones, though it is not so extreme that it will bother any but the pickiest audiophile.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2007
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947585602
catalogNumber: 000972302
Rank: 106536

Tracks

  1. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Suite. Scène (Act 2)
  2. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Suite. Dance of the Little Swans (Act 2)
  3. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Suite. Second Dance of the Queen of the Swans (Act
  4. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Suite. Czardas (Act 3)
  5. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Suite. Waltz (Act 1)
  6. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a
  7. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a
  8. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet
  9. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement)
  10. Faust, opera: Ballet. The Nubian Women
  11. Faust, opera: Ballet. Adagio
  12. Faust, opera: Ballet. Dance of Antiquity
  13. Faust, opera: Ballet. Variations for Cleopatra
  14. Faust, opera: Ballet. The Trojans
  15. Faust, opera: Ballet. Mirror Variations
  16. Faust, opera: Ballet. Phryne's Dance
  17. Faust, opera: Concert Waltz
  18. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Introduction
  19. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Romeo
  20. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Street Awakens
  21. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Morning Dance
  22. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Quarrel
  23. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Fight
  24. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Prince's Command
  25. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Juliet, the Young Girl
  26. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Entrance of the Guests (Minuet)
  27. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Masks
  28. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Knights
  29. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Balcony Scene
  30. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Folk Dance
  31. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Friar Lawrence
  32. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance
  33. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Tybalt Fights Mercutio
  34. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Mercutio Dies
  35. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Romeo Resolves to Avenge Mercutio's Death
  36. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Romeo Fights Tybalt
  37. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Introduction to Act 3
  38. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Last Farewell
  39. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  40. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Juliet's Funeral
  41. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Juliet's Death
  42. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Introduction
  43. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Kashchei's Magic Garden
  44. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Appearance of the Firebird Pursued by Pri
  45. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. The Firebird's Dance
  46. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Prince Ivan Captures the Firebird
  47. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Supplication of the Firebird - Appearance
  48. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. The Princesses' Game with the Golden Appl
  49. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Sudden Appearance of Prince Ivan
  50. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. The Princesses' Round Dance
  51. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Daybreak - Prince Ivan Enters Kashchei's
  52. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Magic Carillon - Appearance of Kashchei's
  53. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Dance of Kashchei's Retinue under the Fir
  54. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Infernal Dance of All Kashchei's Subjects
  55. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Lullaby (the Firebird) - Kashchei Awakes
  56. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene 2. Dissolution of the Palace and Kashchei's
  57. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra

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