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Verdi: Complete Ballet Music From The Operas / Serebrier, Bournemouth Symphony

Verdi / Bournemouth Sym Orch / Serebrier
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572818   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The only other serious competition in this repertoire, and it’s not as complete as this release (the Aida items are missing), is an old Philips Due mostly conducted by the late Antonio de Almeida. Those are good performances, but they don’t outclass these, either interpretively or sonically. You might say that it doesn’t take much interpretive insight to conduct Italian ballet music, but ultimately the goal is always the same: to avoid boredom. This may be even harder in music whose purpose is largely decorative and expressively limited. It’s to Serebrier’s (and Verdi’s) credit that there isn’t a bar here that fails to entertain, or that doesn’t make an excellent case for believing that this music
Read more is of much higher quality than its reputation suggests.

The ballet from Aida is well known, of course, but that from Otello is a minor masterpiece in a strikingly similar vein. “The Four Seasons” ballet from I vespri siciliani is Verdi’s largest, lasting a solid half an hour, and it’s wonderfully performed here. It has moments that you might mistake for Delibes or Tchaikovsky. Don Carlos is also fully mature Verdi, while the ballet in Macbeth is pretty well known as it’s often included in modern performances of the opera (the witches’ waltz at the end is particularly fun). The two big “finds” for most listeners will be the extensive ballet music from Jérusalem (a.k.a. I lombardi), and the similarly large-scale (20 minutes) dance episodes from Il trovatore. This last item quotes the “gypsy” tunes from the opera’s first act, including the Anvil Chorus, and it’s really delightful. The sonics are clear and vivid, and with a playing time of nearly two hours, this set easily becomes the modern reference for this undervalued repertoire.

-- ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Otello: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
2. Macbeth: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
3. Jérusalem: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
4. Il trovatore: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
5. I vespri siciliani: Ballet Music "The Four Seasons" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
6. Don Carlos: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
7. Aida: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 

Sound Samples

Otello, Act III Scene 7: Ballabile
Macbeth (excerpts): Act III Scene 1: Ballo I
Macbeth (excerpts): Act III Scene 1: Ballo II
Macbeth (excerpts): Act III Scene 1: Ballo III
Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas de quatre
Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas de deux
Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas de solo
Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas d'ensemble
Don Carlo: Act III Scene 2: Ballo della regina, "La Peregrina"
Aida (excerpts): Act I Scene 2: Dance No. 3: Danza sacra delle sacerdotesse
Aida (excerpts): Act II Scene 1: Dance No. 4: Danza dei piccoli schiavi mori
Aida (excerpts): Act II Scene 2: Dance No. 5: Ballabile
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 1: Pas des Bohemiens
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 1: Gitanilla
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 1: Ensemble
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: Sevillana
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: Echo du soldat
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: La Bohemienne
Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: Galop
I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: L'inverno
I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: La primavera
I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: L'estate
I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: L'autunno

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
  A little disappointing May 8, 2013 By Robert Michonski (Cypress, TX) See All My Reviews "The performance was excellent, but the material let it down. Generally I like romantic music. I like to have a recognizable melody in the work. Except for the selections from Aida, Verdi's opera music was akin to the filler music placed in movings. There was nothing memorable." Report Abuse
 Pull out your conductor's baton, this music will  October 17, 2012 By Suzanne M. (San Mateo, CA) See All My Reviews "When I was about 12 years old, my dad vowed to me that one day I would come to love three things: red wine, stinky cheese, and opera. He was right about the first two, not so much about opera. This CD is all the light, vibrant, memorable music of Verdi without the singing. I didnt realize until listening to it just how much of my favorite classical music is Verdi's...(and how much of Verdi appeared in Looney Tunes, which along with my dad, also informed my love of classical.)I am so glad that my local classical station KDFC featured this CD and brought it to my attention. Thank you!" Report Abuse
 stunning May 9, 2012 By bernard w. (bronx, NY) See All My Reviews "i've played this a number of times. all, i can say is shame on the opera producers for not including it in teir performances." Report Abuse
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