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A. Glazunov - Raymonda, Op. 57, Ballet in 3 acts - Orchestra of USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theatre - E. Svetlanov

A. Glazunov - Raymonda, Op. 57, Ballet in 3 acts - Orchestra of USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theatre - E. Svetlanov
ID: MELCD1001959
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

In spring of 1896, Alexander Glazunov received a commission from the director of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres Ivan Vsevolozhsky to compose the score to the ballet Raymonda. Despite being busy (Glazunov was already a well-known composer at the time whose works were loved by the public, an author of five symphonies, chamber and instrumental pieces), Glazunov found the offer interesting and agreed. "Acceptable orders to write compositions did not tie me. On the contrary, they heartened me. For example, I composed the ballet Raymonda quickly enough with special fervour and enthusiasm," he wrote later. It was the composer's first experience with a score for a ballet performance. However, he had had some creative experience of realizing the principles of dancing. It would suffice to recall his previous opuses such as Characteristic Suite and Ballet Suite, and concert waltzes. The libretto was written by Princess Lidya Pashkova, a traveler and columnist of the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro, who also wrote novels and librettos. The script plot belonged to Marius Petipa, an illustrious ballet master who staged ballets in Russia in the second half of the 19th century. The story involved characters who actually existed (Jean de Brienne and King Andrew) and fictional ones, and was historically inaccurate. But that was not a serious obstacle for the composer who started to think over the first ten numbers of Raymonda and wrote them down in summer of 1897 before he even received the script. The first two acts were finished in August, and the third one in autumn of 1897. The score autograph has the composer's inscription: "The ballet finished 21 October, 1897. Orchestrated within 1 year." While working on the music, Glazunov closely cooperated with the author of the script. Marius Petipa gave the composer a thoroughly developed plan of each scene with tempos, measures, and even the number of times. In that way Glazunov perceived the nature of choreography. Spending a great deal of time at the theatre working with the ballet dancers, musicians and the ballet master, he left all his other business behind to a great chagrin of Mitrofan Belyayev, who was Glazunov's partner in not only the same music circle, but in publishing activities as well (Glazunov helped Belyayev publish works by the contemporary Russian composers in Leipzig). Pyotr Lambin, Orest Allegri and Konstantin Ivanov worked on the sketches of the ballet set. Many of the costumes for the first staging were created by Ivan Vsevolozhsky himself. The premiere took place on 7 (19) January, 1898, on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and was conducted by Riccardo Drigo. The main parts were performed by Pierina Legnani as Raymonda, Sergei Legat as Jean de Brienne and Pavel Gerdt as Abderakhman. The performance was a real triumph. The encores began as early as after the first act. Glazunov was presented a laurel wreath, and the artists read a letter of greetings to him. One of the reviews explained the success of the ballet as a combination of three factors - "beautiful, melodic and captivating music, the ballet master's unfading talent and the artists' wonderful performance." Glazunov's progress in symphonic music obviously influenced the music of the ballet with its principles of through development and diverse techniques of orchestral writing. The music plays a huge role in Raymonda (in that way, Glazunov continued the reforms in the art of ballet initiated by Pyotr Tchaikovsky). The musical content facilitates the expansion of the plot line, at times prevailing over the plot thanks to its depth and vivid development of the musical characteristics so important to the dramaturgic function of dance and pantomime. The dances in Raymonda are not illustrative yet efficient as they embody the situation, the state and disposition of the characters. The continuing symphonic development, wealth of melodic patterns and organic integrity of the work are what help us perceive the performance as completely as possible. The destiny of Raymonda has been happy. The ballet has been staged many times both in the Soviet Russia and overseas. Synopsis France in the time of crusades Act I Tableaux 1 Pages and court ladies have gathered in a big castle of Countess Sybille de Doris to congratulate the countess's niece Raymonda on her name day. Awaiting Raymonda, the pages play the lutes and viols, some compete in fencing. A few girls leave their fancywork to dance with the pages. Soon, Countess Sybille appears. Her coming ruins the common merriment. The countess tells the young ones about the foremother of the Doris family, who was known as the White Lady. It is her statue that stands on the terrace. The White Lady does not stand idlers and can strictly punish those who do not fulfill their duties, but she always protects the members of her household, and every time one of them is in danger she shows up and warns. The young people do not take the countess's words seriously and continues to amuse themselves. Before long, a messenger appears sent by Jean de Brienne, Raymonda's fiancé, who is crusading with Andrew II of Hungary. The messenger hands Raymonda a letter from de Brienne, in which he informs Raymonda that he is returning home in triumph and he will be at the Doris castle the next day. Raymonda rejoices. She orders a sumptuous reception in honour of her fiancé. Vassals and peasants congratulate Raymonda on her name day, and dances begin. The day is over and the evening comes. Exhausted, Raymonda falls asleep on the terrace. Tableaux 2 Illuminated by the light of the moon, the White Lady comes down from her pedestal. With a gesture, she orders Raymonda to follow her. The garden around the castle gets covered in fog. Tableux 3 The garden has transformed. Jean de Brienne appears before the amazed Raymonda. The beloved are happy. Suddenly, she sees Abderakhman who has taken the place of her fiancé. The White Lady tells Raymonda to be cautious. Abderakhman declares his passionate love for her, but she is frightened. Corpse lights and imps surround her. Raymonda is perturbed. It is dawning. The pages and maids of honour come and find Raymonda unconscious on the terrace. Act II Sybille and Raymonda surrounded by the pages, maids of honour and guests come out to the courtyard. Fanfares sound announcing the arrival of new guests. However, it is not Jean de Brienne, but Saracen Abderakhman accompanied by his suite. Raymonda recognises the stranger seen in her dream. She is agitated, and Sybille reassures her. Captivated by Raymonda's beauty, Abderakhman speaks of his love for her. She is frightened and rejects him with contempt but feels attracted to him at the same time. Dancing goes on. Wishing to impress Raymonda, Abderakhman calls his servants. Jugglers, Arab boys and Saracens appear. The dances follow one after another becoming bacchanal. Using the bustle, Abderakhman's servants abduct Raymonda. But at that moment, Jean de Brienne and the knights stands on the Saracens' way. Raymonda is freed. King Andrew II of Hungary allows de Brienne to challenge Abderakhman to a duel, during which de Brienne kills Abderakhman. De Brienne requests the king to be present at his wedding. The king agrees. The procession enters the castle. Act III The garden in Jean de Brienne's castle. A celebration for the wedding of de Brienne and Raymonda. King Andrew II comes out surrounded by the retinue and guests. Everyone greets the bride and groom. One dance is followed by another. A knightly tournament on the occasion of the wedding. The anxiety of the past is forgotten.
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R. Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Lyrical scenes. A Ballet in 3acts, Op.of 1971

R. Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Lyrical scenes. A Ballet in 3acts, Op.of 1971
ID: MELCD1002054
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music

Nelya Lebedeva, Denis Korolev & Anatoly Valetny
The USSR Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov


The ballet score uses music from instrumental works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed in the years when Leo Tolstoy conceived and created his novel Anna Karenina.

The title sheet of the score has a dedication “To Maya Plisetskaya, always”. The great ballet dancer and the composer’s spouse to whom Shchedrin’s other ballets were dedicated as well (Carmen Suite, The Seagull, The Lady with the Lapdog) was an initiator of creation of this work. Moreover, apart from dancing the main part, she also choreographed the ballet. The premiere took place at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1971. Valeri Levental designed the stage setting and Pierre Cardin created the costumes. Yuri Temirkanov, the chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre was at the stand. This recording was made with him conducting.
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A. Adam - Giselle Ballet in 2 Acts - Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra - A. Kopylov

A. Adam - Giselle Ballet in 2 Acts - Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra - A. Kopylov
ID: MELCD1001621
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

“Giselle” was shown on the Bolshoi Theatre stage in 1843 after it had charmed the Parisian audience surviving the triumphant birth at the Grand Opera and gaining popularity among Saint Petersburg residents. The ballet was to the taste of Russian music lovers, and since then it has never left the main Moscow stage. The music of the ballet presented on the disks corresponds to Grigorovich production that was performed in cooperation with the conductor Alexander Kopylov. The fragments that had not been issued by Adolphe Adam’s pen were still preserved and within the 19th century they were considered an inseparable part of the music of the ballet. The name of a little known composer Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) became famous due to “Giselle” that won the international recognition. The idea seemed so intriguing to him that he managed to compose music to the ballet within a week. Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) “GISELLE” (“Wilis”), Ballet in Two Acts. Characters: Giselle, a peasant girl Count Albrecht Berthe, Giselle’s mother Bathilde, betrothed to Albrecht Duke of Courland, Bathilde’s father Wilfred, sword-bearer to the Duke Hans, a gamekeeper Giselle’s friends Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis Two Wilis. Soloists: Sergei Amidyan, oboe (No. 13), Leonid Kaplan, alt (No.15) The Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra. Conductor - ALEXANDER KOPYLOV Recorded in 1987. Sound engineer: P. Kondrashin
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R. Shchedrin - Seagull - Ballet in Two Acts - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra - A. Lazarew

R. Shchedrin - Seagull - Ballet in Two Acts - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra - A. Lazarew
ID: MELCD1001683
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

This two act ballet based on Chekhov’s play was composed in 1980 and was premiered in the Bolshoi Theatre. The libretto is by R Shchedrin and V. Levental. The score includes 24 Preludes (the main contents of the ballet), three interludes and the postlude. This is an exciting work full of belief in life and in the power of art, high romanticism and tragic pathos.
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Arif Malikov - Legend of Love -The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra - V. Gergiev, conductor

Arif Malikov - Legend of Love -The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra - V. Gergiev, conductor
ID: MELCD1002326
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Arif Melikovs Legend of Love, one of the most outstanding works of Soviet ballet theatre. Legend of Love (19581961) was one of the first large-scale works written by the 28-year-old composer, but it was this ballet that brought him worldwide fame. The ballet was commissioned by the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Opera and Ballet Theatre and created in close collaboration with its co-authors choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, librettist Nâzim Hikmet, set designer Semyon Virsaladze and conductor Niyazi. Following a triumphant premiere in 1961 in Leningrad, Legend of Love was produced at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and then staged at many theatres of the USSR, Europe and the world. The popularity of the ballet based on the Persian legend Khosrow and Shirin about tragic love and self-sacrifice has not waned. The recording was made by the Big Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Central Television of the USSR conducted by young Valery Gergiev in 1988.
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S.Prokofiev - Cinderella, Op. 87 in 3 Acts - On the Dnieper, ballet, Op. 51-G. Rozhdestvensky

S.Prokofiev - Cinderella, Op. 87 in 3 Acts - On the Dnieper, ballet, Op. 51-G. Rozhdestvensky
ID: MELCD1000906
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

Prokofiev:
Cinderella, Op. 87
On the Dnieper, ballet, Op. 51

USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
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P.I. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Ballet two acts Op. 71

P.I. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Ballet two acts Op. 71
ID: MELCD1000665
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

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Carl Davis - Cyrano

Carl Davis - Cyrano
ID: CDC003
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

David Bintley's production of Cyrano for Birmingham Royal Ballet with music by Carl Davis.

"Cyrano was on the family bookshelf and I was repeatedly drawn to it. Although I saw the 1950 Hollywood film starring Jose Ferrer and the stunning 1990 French production with Gerard Depardieu, live stage productions and David Bintley’s earlier ballet slipped past my radar. But in 2004 when the offer to compose a new score for David came, memories, not so much of the films, but of my childhood stagings came flooding back. I had one niggling doubt - the subject of the play is eloquence, i.e. words. Can words be translated into movement? David, through gesture, immediately convinced me that it can and we were off!" - Carl Davis.
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Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR - E. Svetlanov

Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 -  State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR - E. Svetlanov
ID: MELCD1002243
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

Sleeping Beauty A ballet in 3 acts and prologue Op. 66


Firma Melodiya presents a complete recording of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

This ballet was finished in 1889 and has been one of the greatest masterpieces of musical and ballet art for more than a hundred years now. Tchaikovsky created the ballet in association with the outstanding ballet master Marius Petipa who later worked on The Nutcracker as well.

“The matter is not only about slapping up some commonplace ballet music. I have the impudence to conceive a genre masterpiece”, Tchaikovsky wrote.

The Sleeping Beauty stands out not only for its perfect synthesis of music and choreography inspired by the plot of Charles Perrot’s fairy tale. Tchaikovsky created a new type of 'symphonized ballet' where the images evolve and the main idea of the victory of good over evil is realized through musical means. This is what makes The Sleeping Beauty so popular in concerts too, where it, as a rule, sounds as a symphonic suite.

This recording, made in 1980 by the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov as part of the Anthology of Russian Symphonic Music, presents a complete score of Tchaikovsky’ ballet, including the numbers usually omitted in the choreographic productions. You have a chance to hear a truly remarkable performance of The Sleeping Beauty as it was conceived by the composer.
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Music from Diaghilev's BALLET RUSSES - Stravinsky - Liadov - Polenc - Thierry Fischer, conductor

Music from Diaghilev's BALLET RUSSES - Stravinsky - Liadov - Polenc - Thierry Fischer, conductor
ID: SIGCD271
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Orchestra

SIGCD165, SIGCD195, SIGCD205

CD 1: SIGCD165 - Firebird - Works by Igor Stravinsky for the Ballet Russes

He music commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for his Ballet Russes has generated some of the most inventive and popular orchestral works of the 20th Century.

Led by Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer, these recordings capture the excitement and vibrancy of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in live performance - the first recording made in their new home of BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales. This is the first release in a series of three with future repertoire including The Rite of Spring and Petrushka.

CD 2: SIGCD195 - Petrushka - Igor Stravinsky - BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Because Igor Stravinsky's "Petrushka" usually runs almost 35 minutes in duration, it either needs to be paired with a work of comparable length or presented with several short filler pieces to give reasonable value to a CD. In the case of this recording by Thierry Fischer and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the disc is filled out with three atmospheric pieces by Anatol Lyadov -- "Baba-Yaga," Enchanted Lake, and Kikimora -- which only add a little over 20 minutes to this rather brief package. Still, there are affinities between Liadov's colorful, impressionistic music and Stravinsky's brilliant ballet, not least the strong influence of both composers' orchestration teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Lyadov, an older contemporary of Stravinsky, was the composer Sergei Diaghilev had originally sought to compose music for the ballet "L'oiseau de feu," before having to settle on the as-yet untried Stravinsky. Furthermore, Lyadov was practiced at composing music on fairy tale themes, so his music is a sometimes suitable match in style and content with Stravinsky's magical depiction of the folk tale of "Petrushka." Furthermore, Lyadov's selections have comparatively few recordings, so grouping these tone poems with Stravinsky's famous work gives them much needed exposure. The performances on this 2010 Signum Classics release are accurate and expressive, if a little restrained, and the audio is exceptional in its wide range of timbres, details, and dynamics.
˜ Blair Sanderson, Rovi All Music Guide

CD3: SIGCD 205 - The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky
The conclusion to a three part-series of Igor Stravinsky‘s ballets from Sergei Diaghilev,s Ballet Russes, performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer. These recordings capture the excitement and vibrancy of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in live performance at their home of BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales.

Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring. The work's premiere on May 29, 1913, at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, was scandalous. In addition to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography and bizarre story of pagan sacrifice, Stravinsky's musical innovations tested the patience of the audience to the fullest.

This disc also features Francis Poulenc‘s ballet Les Biches, premiered at the Ballet Russes in 1924. Originally commissioned by Diaghilev to write a piece based on Glazunov‘s Les Sylphides, Poulenc instead chose to base his piece on the paintings of Watteau that depicted Louis XV and various women in his "Parc aux biches"
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