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Dance Of The Hours - Ballet Favorites From Opera / Bonynge


Release Date: 08/08/2000 
Label:  London/Decca Opera Gala Series Catalog #: 458229   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Amilcare PonchielliGiuseppe VerdiCharles GounodCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Conductor:  István KertészRichard BonyngeCharles DutoitRiccardo Chailly,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraBologna Teatro Comunale OrchestraMontreal Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since the beginnings of opera in France in the 17th century, the French have insisted that their operatic entertainment include dancing. In the 19th century, this stipulation extended to the operas of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, who had to compose ballets afresh for the Parisian premieres of their works. While the plot motivation for a ballet can sometimes seem a bit strained, the delights these ballets provide are always welcome. DANCE OF THE HOURS gives ample evidence of the breezy and often delicious invention composers brought to this music. Sampling operatic ballet music from the 19th century, this compilation ranges from effervescent lightness (Amilcare Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours") to exotic seduction (Modest Mussorgsky's Read more "Dance of the Persian Slaves") to rousing folk (Bedrich Smetana's "Furiant"). The performances are uniformly first rate, but those conducted by Charles Dutoit and Richard Bonynge stand out for their idiomatic grace. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
Conductor:  István Kertész,  Richard Bonynge,  Charles Dutoit,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
2.
Aida: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
3.
Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
4.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
5.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Polka by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
6.
Khovanshchina: Dance of the Persian Slaves by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
7.
Otello: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
8.
La reine de Saba: Waltz by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
9.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Furiant by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
10.
Henry VIII: Danse de la Gitane by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; France 
11.
Guillaume Tell: Ballet music by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 

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