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Adam: Giselle Highlights / Marriner, Academy Of St. Martin In The The Fields


Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94354  
Composer:  Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Premiered in 1841, Adolphe Adam’s Giselle stands as one of the most important French dance creations – a rare masterpiece of lyric theatre that is particularly renowned for the extraordinary beauty of its music. This compilation is dedicated to highlights of the fantastical ballet, performed by one of music’s most iconic conductor-orchestra partnerships: Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Set in Rhineland in the Middle Ages, the work takes its name from the peasant girl Giselle, who falls in love with a young Duke as he wanders the German landscape. Complications arise when we discover that Albrecht, who has passed himself off as a simple lad to Giselle, is already engaged, and after his
Read more fiancée Bathilde arrives to confirm this, the peasant girl dances herself into madness and dies. In the second act, the scene shifts to the spirit world of the Wilis – vengeful ghosts of brides who, jilted before their wedding day, prey on young men by dancing them to their death. Although Hilarion, a long-standing admirer of Giselle, falls victim to their enchantment, Giselle – now herself a Wili – uses her love for Albrecht to protect him from the same fate. Realising that she has saved him,Albrecht breaks down into tears at her grave.

Adam was a prolific ballet writer at the height of his powers when composing Giselle, and his innate feeling for dramatic progression is perfectly mirrored in the work’s wealth of orchestral colour – which ranges from brilliantly sparkling to darkly dynamic, according to the developments on stage. Paying close attention to the ballet’s individual instrumental sonorities, Marriner brilliantly evokes the dichotomy between everyday life and the otherworldliness of the second act to deliver a first-rate perfor- mance of this iconic work.

• Recorded November 1994 in the Church of St Jude on the Hill, London.
• Includes booklet notes in English and German. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Giselle: Act 1 Introduction by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
2.
Giselle: Les vendangeurs by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3.
Giselle: Entrée du Prince by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4.
Giselle: Loys seul et entré de Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
5.
Giselle: Retour des vendangeurs et valse by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
6.
Giselle: Act 1 - Pas de deux by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
7.
Giselle: La Chasse by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
8.
Giselle: Marche des vignerons by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
9.
Giselle: Variation de Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
10.
Giselle: Act 1 - Finale et Scene de folie by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
11.
Giselle: Apparition des faux follets by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
12.
Giselle: Apparition de Myrthe by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
13.
Giselle: Apparition de Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
14.
Giselle: Act 2 Pas de deux by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841 
15.
Giselle: Scène de Willis by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
16.
Giselle: Grand pas de deux by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841 
17.
Giselle: Variation de Loys by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
18.
Giselle: Variation de Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
19.
Giselle: Finale by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 

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