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Famous Ballet Music

Tchaikovsky / Royal Philharmonic Orch / Batiz
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9251   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Adolphe AdamLéo DelibesAram KhachaturianJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Lillian WatsonChristine Cairns
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerCarl DavisYuri SimonovEnrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For lovers of ballet music, this superb 5-disc set contains some of the greatest ballet music ever written.

Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets – Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker – need no introduction.They contain not only some of the composer’s greatest music, but some of the most famous music ever composed. Heard on this disc are the popular orchestral suites that have made Tchaikovsky’s ballet music a staple of the concert hall, from the enchanting theme from Swan Lake to the charming ‘Ouverture miniature’ and ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker.

Khachaturian’s two ballets have also become great orchestral favourites – the famous Adagio from Spartacus even entered the UK top 10
Read more singles chart. Featured on the second disc of this set are excerpts from Spartacus and Gayaneh, including the fiery ‘Sabre Dance’, as well as Khachaturian’s incidental music for Mikhail Lermontov’s play Masquerade.

The graceful and charming ballet music of Le?o Delibes is represented on the third disc, in suites from Sylvia and Coppe?lia, alongside the dances written to accompany Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse and two extremely popular songs from the opera Lakme? – the ‘Flower Duet’ and ‘Bell Song’.

On the fourth disc, the ballet music from Adolphe Adam’s Giselle is featured, the dramatic story of death through dancing. The collection concludes with the ballets from Massenet’s operas Le Cid, Cendrillon and Thai?s.

This captivating exploration of 19th- and 20th-century ballet music, in which liste- ners will find popular favourites alongside new discoveries, is an ideal introduction to the world of ballet.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Outstanding value for money.
• Comprehensive booklet notes covering each disc of music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
Length: 67 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Sylvia: Suite by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; France 
3.
Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Lillian Watson (Soprano), Christine Cairns (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
4.
Lakmé: Où va la jeune indoue? "Bell Song" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Lillian Watson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
5.
Le roi s'amuse: Suite by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
6.
Coppélia: Suite by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
7.
Masquerade: Suite by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
8.
Gayaneh: Suite by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
9.
Le Cid: Ballet music by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
10.
Cendrillon: Orchestral Suite by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; France 
11.
Thaïs: Ballet Suite by Jules Massenet
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
12.
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
13.
Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
14.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 

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