Richard Bonynge Ballet Collection

Release Date: 1/29/2021
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: 4850781
Number of Discs: 45

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Note: A complete work list is currently under development.

No conductor working in the recording studios in the 1960s and beyond did more than Richard Bonynge to recover the sound of the 19th-century ballet, especially in its home of the Paris Opera-Comique. A central figure in that culture was Adolphe Adam, who supplied vaudevilles, ballets, pastiches and comic operas over the course of three prolific decades. He wrote with extraordinary facility, producing his balletic masterpiece Giselle in three weeks, and creating up to six new shows in a single year for the insatiable Parisian public.

With two recordings of Giselle and a critically acclaimed recording of the opera Le Toreador, Bonynge has been Adam’s most distinguished modern advocate on records. This new anthology includes the overture from Le Toreador as one of the substantial bonus items to a little known two-act ballet, Le Diable a quatre.

This was made in 1964 with the luxurious support of the London Symphony Orchestra and the legendary Decca producer Christopher Raeburn behind the glass. The Decca recording team captured the delicious, piquant colours of this music - conveyed with such flair by Bonynge - in vivid detail. Opening this new collection are two overtures from even more obscure productions, Giralda and La Poupee de Nuremburg. These were serendipitously recorded as part of an album of ‘French Romantic Overtures’ with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in March 1969: the conductor had been working with the English Chamber Orchestra on a new recording of Messiah with his wife, Dame Joan Sutherland, when vocal indisposition required her to fly home to Switzerland. During the studio time allotted for her to make a new recital album, this frothy collection of overtures was concocted, and although it has never been reissued complete on CD, it scored a hit with the public as Adam’s music so reliably does.

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REVIEWS:

‘Lots of pretty tunes and um-cha accompaniments nicely played and well recorded.’ - Gramophone, November 1965 (Le Diable a quatre)

‘Richard Bonynge’s ability to persuade Decca to record out-of-the-way 19th-century French stage works has been to our repeated benefit over the past 40 years. Yet few of the results have been more welcome than this delightful operatic souffl .’ - Gramophone, April 1998 (Le Toreador)

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REVIEW:

This tribute to the intelligence, musicianship and questing spirit of Richard Bonynge is self-recommending. It contains reams of delightful music (try Messager’s Les Deux Pigeons–sound clip), much of which you simply won’t find elsewhere, all performed and recorded at a strikingly high level of quality. Yes, 45 CDs is a LOT of ballet, but this limited edition will not be around for long, I suspect, so if you have the slightest interest in this repertoire, get it while you can.

– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)
Works on This Recording
1. Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; France
2. Flower Festival in Genzano: Pas de deux by Eduard Helsted
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ;
3. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 26c, Act 3 - Variation 2, The Bluebird and the Florine Princess by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889 ; Russia
4. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
5. Cigale by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1903 ; France
6. Les Patineurs by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ;
7. Ballet égyptien, Op. 12: Excerpt(s) by Alexandre Luigini
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; France
8. Good Humored Ladies by Vincenzo Tommasini
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ;
9. Guillaume Tell: Ballet music by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Italy
10. La Favorita: Ballet Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Italy
11. Les troyens: Excerpt(s) by Hector Berlioz
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856-1858 ; France
12. La fille de Madame Angot by Charles Lecocq
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1872 ; Brussels, Belgium
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
14. Marco Spada: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
15. Giralda: Overture by Adolphe Adam
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
16. La Navarraise: Nocturne by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
17. Don César de Bazan: Act 3 Intermezzo "Sévilliana" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; France
18. Chérubin: Act 3 Entr'acte by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
19. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
20. Fantasie for Cello and Orchestra by Jules Massenet
Performer: Jascha Silberstein (Cello)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; France
21. Le cigale, ballet in 2 acts: Valse très lente by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Post-Romantic
22. Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Dresden, Germany
23. La Bayadere by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus
Performer: Stephanie Gonley (Violin)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Russia
24. Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
25. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 24 by David Popper
Performer: Jascha Silberstein (Cello)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic
26. Aschenbrödel by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
27. Ritter Pázmán: Ballet Music by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Vienna, Austria
28. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Vienna, Austria
29. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Die Fledermaus: Ballet Suite by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
31. Swan Lake, Op. 20 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Russia
32. Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
33. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889 ; Russia
34. Les deux pigeons by André Messager
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
35. Soirées musicales, Op. 9 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; England
36. La boutique fantasque by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919 ; Rome, Italy
37. Matinées musicales, Op. 24 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; England
38. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 3, Mélodie by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Russia
39. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
40. Le papillon by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1860 ; Paris, France
41. Love's Dream after the Ball by Alphons Czibulka
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
42. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
43. Feramors: Dance of the Kashmiri Brides by Anton Rubinstein
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862 ; Russia
44. Le Beau Danube by Roger Desormière
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; Paris, France
45. Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 12, Décembre "Noël" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
46. Les Sylphides by Frédéric Chopin
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
47. Soirées musicales, Op. 9 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; England
48. Matinées musicales, Op. 24 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; England
49. The Prayer and the Sword by Franco Leoni
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ;
50. Concerto for Cello no 1 by Daniel-François Auber
Performer: Jascha Silberstein (Cello)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
51. Coppélia by Léo Delibes
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870 ; France
52. Sylvia by Léo Delibes
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; France
53. La source by Léo Delibes
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; France
54. Gustav III "Le bal masque": Ballet Music by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; France
55. Gustav III "Le bal masque": Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; France
56. Le corsaire by Adolphe Adam
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; France
57. Marco Spada by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
58. Pacquita: Grand pas by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Russia
59. Don Quixote: Pas de deux by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869 ; Russia
60. Giselle: Excerpt(s) by Adolphe Adam
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; France
61. Bolero 1830 by Anonymous
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
62. Elda: Ondine's Dance by Alfredo Catalani
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1880 ; Italy
63. Polish Wedding: Mazurka by Karol Kurpinski
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
64. Le réveil de Flore by Riccardo Drigo
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp )
Conductor: John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ;
65. Lysistrata: Glühwurmchen-Idyll by Paul Lincke
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Germany
66. La source: Waltz by Léo Delibes
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; France
67. La fille de Madame Angot: Overture by Charles Lecocq
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
68. Mignon: Overture by Ambroise Thomas
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; France
69. Les cloches de Corneville: Overture by Robert Planquette
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Paris, France
70. Lestocq: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
71. La poupée de Nuremberg: Overture by Adolphe Adam
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; France
72. Le calife de Bagdad: Overture by François Boieldieu
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1800 ; France
73. Le Prophète: Coronation March by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
74. La Navarraise: Nocturne by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
75. La reine de Saba: Waltz by Charles Gounod
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862 ; France
76. La dame blanche: Overture by François Boieldieu
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Paris, France
77. Don Procopio: Act 3 Entr'acte by Georges Bizet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
78. Roberto Devereux: Overture by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Italy
79. Torvaldo e Dorliska: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1815 ; Italy
80. Les dragons de Villars: Overture by Aimé Maillart
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; France
81. La fille du tambour-major: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1879 ; Paris, France
82. Giovanna d'Arco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Italy
83. Zampa: Overture by Louis Ferdinand Herold
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Paris, France
84. Maritana: Overture by William Vincent Wallace
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; London, England
85. La Neige: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
86. Chérubin: Act 3 Entr'acte by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
87. Don César de Bazan: Act 3 Intermezzo "Sévilliana" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; France
88. Le tribut de Zamora: Danse grecque by Charles Gounod
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
89. Henry VIII: Danse de la gypsy by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881-1882 ; France
90. Les Erinnyes: Invocation by Jules Massenet
Performer: Douglas Cummings (Cello)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; France
91. Le roi l'a dit: Act 2 Entr'acte by Léo Delibes
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
92. Il trovatore: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
93. Manon: Ballet music by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; France
94. Le carillon by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; France
95. Suite for Orchestra no 7 "Scènes alsaciennes" by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1882 ; France
96. Le Cid: Ballet music - Navarraise by Jules Massenet
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
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