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Offenbach: Bluebeard, Helen Of Troy; Meyerbeer / Levine


Release Date: 10/24/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67100   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jacques OffenbachGiacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jacques Offenbach is known to most as the composer of the opera 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann' but he also composed a number of delightful ballet scores including the two works on this recording, 'Bluebeard' and 'Helen of Troy.' Both ballets were mainstays in the repertoire of the legendary Ballet Theatre of Mexico City. On this recording the music is presented in two orchestral suites arranged by the great conductor Antal Dorati. The music is filled with bustling, effervescent tunes and an extremely popular 'Les Patineurs' by Giacomo Meyerbeer in an arrangement by Constant Lambert.
This dance extravaganza is performed by the Ballet Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Levine, an expert hand in this repertoire. This is a digitally re
Read more mastered recording from masters taken from the late 1950's and it's a sonic blockbuster. Brass shines with a brilliant glow and the string sound is warm and rich. This is a real treat for lovers of lavishly orchestrated ballet scores. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Barbe-bleue: Suite by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1954 
Venue:  Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City 
Length: 27 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Antal Dorati 
2. La belle Hélène: Suite by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1954 
Venue:  Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Antal Dorati 
3. Les Patineurs by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City 
Length: 20 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Constant Lambert 

Featured Sound Samples

Barbe-bleue: Suite (Offenbach): 5. Hermilia and Prince Sapphire
Les patineurs (Meyerbeer): 8. Allegro molto moderato

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