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Music for Ballet Lovers

Music for Ballet Lovers

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Dance classics

Great classics from the world of ballet and a celebration of elegant dance. Includes musical highlights from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Boutique Fantasque, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and other well-known works.

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Music for Ballet Lovers
Dance classics

Great classics from the world of ballet and a celebration of elegant dance. Includes musical highlights from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Boutique Fantasque, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and other well-known works.

1 Waltz - Pas d'Action - Panorama from The Sleeping Beauty
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Don Jackson

2 Nocturne from La Boutique Fantasque
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) / Respighi
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Don Jackson

3 Dance of the Mirlitons from The Nutcracker
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Don Jackson

4 Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Don Jackson

5 Waltz from Swan Lake
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Don Jackson

6 Dance of the Cygnets from Swan Lake
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Don Jackson

7 Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
The Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

8 Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886)
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel

9 Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra conductesd by Edouard van Remoortel

10 Introduction - Danses des Adolescentes - Jeu de Rapt - Jeux des Cités Rivales - Cortége du Sage - Adoration de la Terre from Le Sacre de Printemps
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jansug Kakhidze

CCL CDG1256
Cover image: Russian Ballet Konstantin Andreevich Somov © Ashmolean Museum / Mary Evans
(p) & © 2011 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

Tchaikovsky was the leading ballet composer of nineteenth century Russia. Of Ukrainian and French descent, his career centred around Moscow, where he was revered by later generations for the sheer beauty of his musical style, its capacity to move and its technical brilliance in orchestration. The lush sound-worlds of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker are instantly recognisable and quite unique, and the melodies for his set-piece dances are amongst the most famous ever composed. Tchaikovsky was, in his later years, adopted informally as Russia's national composer. His popularity is attested to by the fact that Tsar Alexander III requested that the St. Petersburg production of his opera Eugene Onegin be staged in the Bolshoi Theatre, rather than the smaller Mariyinsky Theatre. This demonstrated that Tchaikovsky's music was replacing Italian Opera as the official imperial art.

Tchaikovsky worked closely with his choreographer Petipa because, as is well known, ballet is as much about the spectacle as about the music. Stravinsky was similarly influenced by his own choreographer and commissioner of works, Diaghilev, who with the Ballet Russes was responsible for some of the greatest works of the twentieth century, such as The Rite of Spring. Prokofiev also worked with Diaghilev, and there are further links connecting these composers, in that arguably Prokofiev's most famous ballet Romeo and Juliet may have taken its inspiration from Tchaikovsky's own work of the same name. Tchaikovsky admired the operatic works of Rossini, who equally was enamoured of Tchaikovsky's stage works.

Rossini's own offering in this genre, La Boutique Fantasque, is a charming work with a score of limpid beauty. De Falla followed the more aggressive tendencies of some of Prokofiev's music in his own work, although they are inevitably infused with a special Spanish flavour. El Amor Brujo, or 'the Three-Cornered Hat' is his most famous work. Ponchielli, like Rossini, was also primarily an operatic composer, who included ballet sections within his work. 'The Dance of the Hours' from La Giaconda is an example of this, and shows a true lyric style.


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