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Ballet Favorites / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra


Release Date: 10/26/2004 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 60625   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paul DukasFrédéric ChopinLéo DelibesLéon Fyodorovich Minkus,   ... 
Performer:  Gillian Benet
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Erich Kunzel's highly enjoyable ballet album offers a wide sampling of music from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Naturally the emphasis is on French and Russian composers, centered on the usual suspects--Delibes, Adam, Tchaikovsky, Minkus, and Stravinsky--and including Soviet-era composers Gliere, Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, and Shostakovich. Familiar items include selections from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Golden Age, Red Poppy, Giselle, Coppélia, Sylvia, The Firebird, and Chopin's Les Sylphides. Manuel de Falla breaks up this Franco-Russian block with his "Spanish Dance" from La Vida Breve.

As with his other
Read more compilation albums, Kunzel easily adapts to the varied musical styles, with the Tchaikovsky works being more suited to his particular temperament than most of the other selections. While no individual performance could be considered definitive or especially memorable (the Russian Sailor's Dance is too tame, and Khachaturian's Sabre Dance could use a good deal more ferocity), Kunzel maintains a consistent level of energy and enthusiasm, and the Cincinnati Pops provides polished and colorful playing throughout. The disc opens with the resplendent brass fanfare from Dukas' La Peri and closes with two Offenbach "bonus" tracks. Telarc furnishes its usual vivid and wide-open rendering of Cincinnati's acoustically dry Music Hall, which sounds pretty impressive on this stereo SACD.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
La péri: Fanfare by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Les Sylphides: Grande Valse brillante, Op. 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: 'Les Sylphides' is a compilation of works by Frédéric Chopin. It was conceived as a ballet by Mikhail Fokin in 1909, and orchestrated by Roy Douglas in 1936. 
3.
Coppélia: Valse lente by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Sylvia: Cortège de Bacchus by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Don Quixote: Pas de deux by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gillian Benet (Harp)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Giselle: Act 2 Pas de deux by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9.
Age of Gold, Op. 22: Polka by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
La vida breve: Spanish Dance no 1 by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Pas de quatre: Finale by Cesare Pugni
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
The Red Poppy, Op. 70: Russian Sailors' Dance by Reinhold Gliere
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14.
Comedians Suite, Op. 26: Comedian's Galop by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Firebird Suite: Finale by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
16.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
17.
Gaîté Parisienne: Galop from "La vie Parisienne" by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
18.
Gaîté Parisienne: Can-can from "Orphée aux enfers" by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/2004 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: 'Gaîté Parisienne' is a pastiche of various works by Jacques Offenbach, selected and arranged as a ballet score by Manuel Rosenthal. 

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