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I Love Ballet


Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 0842152   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Ferdinand HeroldAram KhachaturianSergei ProkofievArthur Sullivan,   ... 
Conductor:  Barry WordsworthYuri TemirkanovAndré PrevinSir Charles Mackerras,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These two richly-filled CDs provide a perfect introduction to the joys of ballet music. The set is intended to appeal specifically to young girls who are interested in ballet, but will also be enjoyed by all grown ups who are young at heart. It contains the best loved and most familiar items from many of the popular ballets that are frequently performed by all the great dance companies around the world.

Here are some of the major ballets represented in the programme:
• Tchaikovsky’s three undying masterpieces: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker
• Prokofiev’s brilliant settings of the fairy tale Cinderella and Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy Romeo and Juliet
• Adam’s Giselle, probably the greatest
Read more romantic ballet of all time, and the beautiful abstract work Les Sylphides that uses music by Frédéric Chopin
• Two of the most enduring French ballets: the delightful story of the mechanical doll Coppélia and the pastoral tale of the nymph Sylvia, both with music by Léo Delibes
• Three wonderful English ballets that specially appeal to children: La Fille mal gardée, Tales of Beatrix Potter and Pineapple Poll

Other novelties in the album include the rousing ‘Sabre Dance’ from Gayaneh by Khachaturian, ‘Popular Song’ from William Walton’s Façade, the lively can-can overture to Gaîté Parisienne using the music of Offenbach, the complete ‘Dance of the Hours’ from the opera La Gioconda (made famous in Disney’s original Fantasia), and The Dying Swan, created by the legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova to music by Saint-Saëns from Carnival of the Animals. There are 52 tracks in the set – every one guaranteed to inspire the listener to want to dance.
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Works on This Recording

1. La fille mal gardée: Excerpt(s) by Louis Ferdinand Herold
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
3. Cinderella, Op. 87: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1944; USSR 
4. Pineapple Poll: Opening Dance by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1951 
5. Tales of Beatrix Potter: Excerpt(s) by John Lanchbery
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
6. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
7. Sylvia: Excerpt(s) by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; France 
8. Les Sylphides: Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Conductor:  Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
9. Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
10. La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
11. Giselle: Excerpt(s) by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
12. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
13. Façade: Excerpt(s) by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; England 
14. Coppélia: Suite by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Jean-Baptiste Mari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
15. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
16. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
17. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 

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